Fighting rages in SudanPosted by Robert Leonard / May 21, 2023
Weeks ago, intense fighting resumed in Sudan as the truce collapses.
Nearly 200 people are dead with another 1800 wounded as violence intensifies in Sudan.
Sudan’s military announced a coup d’état on Monday, declaring a state of emergency and suspending the constitution. The military dissolved the transitional government, which had been formed in 2019 after months of protests that had ousted former President Omar al-Bashir. The move has been condemned by the international community and has sparked widespread protests in the country. Nevertheless, fighting has gotten fiercer in the past few days.
The military has installed General Abdel Fattah al-Burhan, who was previously the head of the Transitional Military Council, as the new leader of the country. The military has promised to form a new government, but it remains unclear when this will happen or who will be included in it. The military has also announced a 10-hour curfew, banned all public gatherings, and shut down the internet.
The coup has been met with widespread condemnation from the international community. The United States, the United Kingdom, and the United Nations have all called for a return to civilian rule and the release of political prisoners. The African Union has suspended Sudan’s membership and called for the immediate restoration of constitutional order. The Arab League has also condemned the coup and called for the immediate release of political detainees.
Protests have erupted across Sudan, with demonstrators demanding a return to civilian rule. The military has responded with force, using tear gas and live ammunition to disperse the crowds. Several people have been killed and hundreds have been injured. The internet blackout has made it difficult for journalists to report on the situation in the country, and there are concerns about the safety of activists and opposition leaders.
The coup has also had economic consequences, with the Sudanese pound falling to a new low against the US dollar. The World Bank and the International Monetary Fund have both suspended their support for Sudan following the coup.
The situation in Sudan remains fluid, and it is unclear what the future holds for the country. The military has promised to hold elections in 2023, but there are concerns that this may not happen, or that the military will manipulate the electoral process to maintain its grip on power.