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Images of Bashir in hospital draws anger

Images of Bashir in hospital draws anger

KHALID ABDELAZIZ MANY Sudanese social media users have reacted angrily to a video that emerged of deposed President Omar al-Bashir walking around a hospital ward where he was moved on the grounds he was too ill for prison, although some voiced support for the ex-general. Bashir, deposed just over three years ago by a military coup after months of protests, has been held in Kober Prison while on trial on charges of leading the 1989 army takeover that brought him to power, as well as on corruption and human rights charges. Reuters could not independently confirm the authenticity of the…
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Sudanese protesters mark third anniversary of Bashir’s ouster with fresh protests

Sudanese protesters mark third anniversary of Bashir’s ouster with fresh protests

CROWDS of Sudanese protesters gathered in parts of the capital and other Sudanese cities, on the third anniversary of Omar al-Bashir's ouster to protest the prospect of renewed military rule. Bashir was ousted after three decades in power by a group of his top generals, who later entered into a power-sharing government with the civilian groups that had led months of protests in 2019. That arrangement ended on October 25 when the same military leaders, led by General Abdel Fattah al-Burhan, staged a coup, which plunged the country into economic and political turmoil. "Bashir's downfall did not mean a final…
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Jailed head of Sudan’s outlawed ex-ruling party to be freed

Jailed head of Sudan’s outlawed ex-ruling party to be freed

THE jailed head of Sudan's former ruling party is to be freed, his lawyer told Reuters, becoming the most senior figure from the deposed regime of Omar al-Bashir to have charges of crimes against the state dropped since a coup last October. Ibrahim Ghandour, who also served as foreign minister in ex-President Bashir's outlawed National Congress Party (NCP), was found innocent of undermining the constitution, financing terrorism, and plotting the assassination of former Prime Minister Abdalla Hamdok along with other attacks, lawyer Abdelrahman Alkhalifa said. Leaders of the coup - which ended a power-sharing agreement between civilian political parties and…
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Draft Sudan deal cements military’s grip

Draft Sudan deal cements military’s grip

KHALID ABDELAZIZ FACTIONS aligned with Sudan's military have drawn up a deal to form a transitional government that would cement the army's control and bypass pro-democracy groups it shared power with before an October coup, according to a document seen by Reuters and three sources familiar with the agreement. The draft deal comes with the military under pressure from a deteriorating economy and frequent protests that have continued despite a lethal crackdown by security forces. The military takeover derailed a transition that had raised hopes in Sudan of an end to decades of autocracy, civil conflict and economic isolation after…
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Analysis: Sudan transition needs reset after civilian leader’s exit puts military back in driving seat

Analysis: Sudan transition needs reset after civilian leader’s exit puts military back in driving seat

NAFISA ELTAHIR and AIDAN LEWIS THE resignation of Sudan's prime minister puts the military firmly back in control of the country but facing a population angry that its hopes for democratic rule have been set back yet again. Unless a new course towards a transition and credible elections can be charted, more instability within and beyond Sudanese borders is likely, analysts and diplomats say. After his government was dissolved in a coup in October, Abdalla Hamdok had returned in a bid to salvage a transitional power-sharing arrangement between the military and civilians that was struck following Omar al-Bashir's overthrow in a 2019…
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Sudan coup: years of instability have made the army key power brokers

Sudan coup: years of instability have made the army key power brokers

OMAR al-Bashir’s regime in Sudan was toppled in 2019, a demise hailed with cries of “just fall!” from protesters massing in the streets of the capital Khartoum. But the transition rested on a power-sharing deal between the protesters and Sudan’s powerful military, whose leaders had withdrawn their support for Bashir at a crucial moment. JUSTIN WILLIS, Professor of History, Durham University Twice before in Sudan – in 1964 and 1985 – soldiers have thrown their weight behind popular protest and toppled regimes that had initially been created through coups. Both times, the soldiers had come back into power within a…
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21 officers, soldiers held for failed Sudan coup

21 officers, soldiers held for failed Sudan coup

ALI MIRGHANI and KHALID ABDELAZIZ SUDANESE authorities said they had foiled an attempted coup on Tuesday, accusing plotters loyal to ousted president Omar al-Bashir of a failed bid to derail the revolution that removed him from power in 2019 and ushered in a transition to democracy. Sudan's military said 21 officers and a number of soldiers had been detained in connection to the coup attempt, and a search continued for others involved. All locations affected by the attempt were under army control, it said. The coup attempt points to the difficult path facing a government that has reoriented Sudan since…
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Failed Sudan coup attempt contained, situation under control – officials

Failed Sudan coup attempt contained, situation under control – officials

SUDANESE authorities have contained a failed coup attempt and the situation has been brought under control, a member of the country's ruling council told have Reuters. Interrogation of suspects involved in the attempted coup on Monday was due to begin and the military would issue a statement shortly, spokesman Mohamed Al Faki Suleiman said. A government source, speaking on condition of anonymity, said the coup attempt had involved an effort to take control of state radio in Omdurman, across the river Nile from the capital, Khartoum. Measures were being taken to contain a limited number of people involved, the source…
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Sudan’s former PM Sadiq al-Mahdi dies from coronavirus in UAE

Sudan’s former PM Sadiq al-Mahdi dies from coronavirus in UAE

SUDAN’S last democratically elected prime minister, Sadiq al-Mahdi, who was overthrown in the 1989 military coup that brought Omar al-Bashir to power, has died from a coronavirus infection, his party has announced. Mahdi, aged 84, had been hospitalised in the United Arab Emirates three weeks ago. His moderate Umma Party was one of the largest opposition parties under Bashir, and Mahdi remained an influential figure even after Bashir was toppled in April 2019. Sudan's transitional administration, which governs under a power sharing deal between the military and civilian groups, declared three days of mourning. Last month, Mahdi's family said he…
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Sudan probes weapons flown in from Ethiopia

Sudan probes weapons flown in from Ethiopia

SUDANESE authorities have seized a cargo of 72 boxes of weapons that arrived by air from Ethiopia and that they suspect were destined for use in "crimes against the state", Sudan's state news agency, SUNA, has reported. The shipment is being investigated by a committee tasked with dismantling the government of former President Omar al-Bashir, who was toppled in April 2019 after a popular uprising. The weapons had arrived in Ethiopia from Moscow in May 2019, the committee found. The intended recipient of the weapons was unclear but the committee did not rule out that they were meant for former…
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