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Sudan's President Finds Himself on Shaky Ground

MIN READApr 9, 2019 | 20:17 GMT

Sudanese protesters rally in front of the military headquarters in Khartoum on April 8, 2019.

Sudanese protesters rally in front of the military headquarters in Khartoum on April 8, 2019. Amid continuing protests and a dire economy, President Omar al Bashir's party might be ready to cut him loose.

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In the heart of Khartoum, momentum is growing against Sudan's strongman. The ongoing protests to oust President Omar al Bashir are not only unprecedented in scale and duration, but also in attracting the support of some regular army units. On April 8, soldiers stationed near the protests engaged in clashes with other security forces aiming to crack down on demonstrators. On the morning of April 9, security forces ended a brief lull by renewing their attempt to disperse protesters, only to provoke similar resistance by regular army forces, resulting in fresh firefights. Amid these divisions in the military, the police have also ordered a halt to interventions against protesters....

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