A struggle for power is deepening in Sudan with tensions escalating between rival sides in the government. These people want democracy. Sudan has been led by a transitional council since the ouster of Omar Al Bashir in 2019.
The council is made up of members of the military and civilians. It’s been a difficult alliance because the two sides have different interests. Those differences are spilling over onto the streets.
Thousands of people marched in the capital Khartoum and elsewhere to support a civilian-led government and reject military rule. But groups supporting the military have also been on the streets.
After authoritarian leader Omar al-Bashir was ousted in 2019, military and civilian leaders agreed to share power and transition to civilian rule. The current authority is led by civilian Prime Minister Abdalla Hamdok. Both parties say they’re committed to the plan to hold democratic elections in 2023.
But amid an economic crisis, public support for the arrangement is waning. Some feel the military has too much power. Others want to see the generals in charge.
An anti-government sit-in, led by Islamist, pro-military protestors, has been going on for days. They are demanding the dissolution of the transitional government.
Demonstrations in both camps have remained largely peaceful so far. But after so many years under al Bashir, Sudan’s transition is still caught between democracy and dictatorship.