Sudan’s future in question
Changing regime is not an end, economy is the key
The Omar al-bashir government that governed Sudan for 30 years was been brought to an end Thursday. Gao Yang, a Khartoum-based reporter for the Global Times who experienced the coup, believes that the incident, coming soon after the resignation of the long-term Algerian president, was a coincidence, but one that was bound to happen. Sudan’s current situation was caused by a combination of economic problems and a corrupt political system, but a change of government may not solve its problems. The new administration and the public will have to face up to a worsening economic situation.
On April 11, 2019, after nearly five months of continuous protests and demonstrations, a military coup took place in Sudan. The military announced that it had arrested President Omar al-bashir and relieved him of all his duties.
It established a transitional military council to exercise state power during a two-year transition period to prepare for elections of a new civilian government. At this point, Bashir’s rule collapsed after having been in power for nearly three decades.
A military coup in Sudan was in the end inevitable. It coincided with the resignation of the former President Abdelaziz Bouteflika of Algeria on April 2 under pressure from the people and the military, which gave great encouragement to the Sudanese opposition and protesters.
As April 6 marked the 34th anniversary of the overthrow of the former president Jaafar Nimeiri in a bloodless coup, the opposition and protesters succeeded in winning support from lower and mid-ranking Sudanese officers, resulting in a division of the Sudanese army on the Bashir side. This forced the Sudanese military to launch a coup and overthrow the Bashir regime.
What actually led to Bashir’s fall from power was the disappointment and distrust from the Sudanese public toward the government, along with an accumulation of economic problems and corruption, leading to immense pressure of people’s lives.
Sudan has abundant water resources and is suitable for agriculture, although much fertile
A demonstrator, in military uniform, chants slogans as protesters gather in the Sudanese capital Khartoum, on Sunday.