Sudan military overthrows president, protests continue

Sudan military overthrows president, protests continue

Political unease has risen in the Northeast African country of Sudan after the country’s military arrested President Omar Al-Bashir in a coup on April 11 According to NPR. The coup follows years of political unrest marked by a four-month street protest at the country’s capital, Khartoum, over Al-Bashir’s oppressive regime.

Former President Omar Al-Bashir took power in Sudan in a military coup back in 1989 and remained in power all these years until the military recently arrested him and took power. He was recently moved to a maximum security prison.

Two arrest warrants wait for Al-Bashir from the International Criminal Court (ICC) on charges of crimes against humanity, genocide, and war crimes. The warrants primarily relate to the conflict in Darfur where fighting between government and rebels has lead to thousands of deaths, disease outbreaks, and displacement since 2003, according to BBC.

After years of political corruption on Al-Bashir’s account, where he has corrupted and bankrupted the country and become a dictator, outlawing political parties and dissolving parliament and more, his rule has come to an end, replaced by a military rule.

Al-Bashir may be out of power, but the trouble is far from over. The military said in a statement that their plan is to hold power for two years or less while elections are being organized, according to AP News. But most protesters, led by the Sudanese Professionals Association (SPA), are still dissatisfied and remain at the protest.

The SPA demands that power be immediately given to a civilian government which would rule for four years. Distrust of the military stems from the fact that many prominent military positions are still held by men appointed by Al-Bashir during his regime.

Protesters worry that a military rule will just be a change of faces, but with the same oppression they have endured for the last thirty years unter President Al-Bashir

“The trust is in the street,” Activist Mohammed Naji al-Asam told AP News.

Meanwhile, the African Union has said that that the military has until April 30 to give power over to a “civilian-led political authority” or be suspended from Union activities, according to Eyewitness News. They have recommended holding an election as soon as possible.