A look at the ongoing crisis in the Sudan

By now, if you have paid attention to mainstream media all summer, you would know about the political crisis in Sudan. For those who don’t, the citizens of Sudan and the military are both struggling to control the power of the Sudanese government. They have been going back and forth since April, which was when the former leader of Sudan, Omar Al-Bashir, was overthrown from power. He was stripped of power because of the deep economic collapse that was going on in the country and the people were fed up.  The citizens protested and then finally the Sudanese Army led a coup. Even though they flushed him out, the brutality of power continued.

On April 11, a council of generals assumed power and  led the country. The problem with this is that the military isn’t completely unified, which led to the attack on citizens protesting about the council on June 3. Protesters were beaten, arrested, and some women were even raped. After this, women began to run the demonstrations, and one woman named “Kandaka” has consistently done this and became popular on social media.

After all this happened, the two sides agreed on a power-sharing government on Aug 4. Some of the agreements stated that the Power-sharing government will last for 39 months and elections are to be held at the end of that period. A prime minister; nominated by the pro-democracy movement will head the cabinet, and the ministers of defense and interior will be chosen by the military.

Hopefully these agreements will lead to lasting peace and a stable government.

The military saluting the Sudanese citizens after the power sharing agreement

Alex Burnett is a senior member of The Quill, and a member of the Multimedia Journalism class.

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