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Sudan: 5 reasons why its revolution is failing

By Morris Kiruga

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Posted on October 28, 2021 10:11

Protesters block a road in Khartoum
A protester waves a flag during what the information ministry calls a military coup in Khartoum, Sudan, October 25, 2021. REUTERS/Mohamed Nureldin Abdallah

This week, Sudan’s revolution faced its biggest threat since it successfully pushed for the ouster of long-term dictator President Omar el-Bashir in 2019. In retrospect, the 25 October coup in Khartoum was just a matter of time.

Reports of an impending coup had been looming for weeks, even after the country’s leaders announced that they had thwarted an attempted coup in September. Now, despite mounting international pressure, the country’s military leadership headed by General Abdel Fattah al-Burhan and his ally, General Mohammed Hamdan ‘Hemeti’ Dagalo, is in firm control of the country, with many of the civilian leaders under house arrest.

Here are five reasons why Sudan’s revolution is failing:

1. The military and the RSF

When Sudan’s military originally pushed Bashir out of power and arrested him, its plan was to take control of the country. It was eventually forced, by internal and external pressure, to accept sharing power with civilian leadership. This situation was always untenable to the top military leadership, which has openly and covertly been working to undermine Prime Minister Hamdok’s

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