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A Failed Coup Risks Derailing Sudan’s Transition to Civilian Rule

MIN READSep 28, 2021 | 18:42 GMT

Sudanese Prime Minister Prime Minister Abdalla Hamdok (right) chairs a cabinet meeting in Khartoum on Sept. 21, 2021, in the wake of a failed coup attempt earlier that day.

Sudanese Prime Minister Prime Minister Abdalla Hamdok (right) chairs a cabinet meeting in Khartoum on Sept. 21, 2021, in the wake of a failed coup attempt earlier that day.

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The aftermath of an attempted coup will exacerbate tensions between Sudan’s rival civilian and military leaders -- postponing the Northeast African country’s transition to full civilian rule, while increasing the risk of violence and thwarting much-needed foreign financial aid. On Sept. 21, the Sudanese transitional government blocked an attempted coup in which officials used military tanks to block the bridge between Khartoum and Omdurman that spans across the Nile River. Prime Minister Abdalla Hamdok said that the coup attempt was quickly controlled and that over 21 officers had been arrested. The coup attempt comes as public displeasure with the interim government is on the rise, largely due to its failure to implement promised institutional reforms and provide basic goods and services. ...

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