The following is an excerpt of an article by World section editor Dan Mountain. This features in our fourth print issue, available from the 15th July.

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The 11th May 2019 marked an historic occasion for the people of Sudan.

After months of peaceful protests, the 30-year reign of Omar al-Bashir had come to an end. Military officials announced that Bashir had been ousted and a Transitional Military Council (TMC) would hold power for two years until a much-desired civilian lead government was ready to take up the mantle.

As we shall see, and was made obvious on the 3rd June, this transition was not a smooth one.

The reality is Sudan has been plagued by grief and violence for decades and a peaceful transition from a despotic military dictatorship to a flourishing democracy faces immense challenges.

Sudan’s future is fragile.

In order for one to understand why protests erupted in December of 2018 one has to appreciate the brutality of Bashir’s rule coupled with the complexity of the political circumstances which gave way to unrest.


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