What Happened: Two Sudanese opposition leaders were arrested shortly after meeting with Ethiopian Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed, Reuters reported June 8, citing other protest leaders.
Why It Matters: Abiy met separately with Sudan's military rulers and civilian opposition during a visit to Sudan on June 7. Opposition leaders called the arrests a rejection of Abiy's effort to mediate an end to a crisis threatening a transition to democracy following the overthrow in April of President Omar al Bashir.
Background: Abiy has been at the center of high-profile diplomatic efforts in the Horn of Africa region, including the restoration of diplomatic ties between Ethiopia and rival Eritrea. He arrived in Sudan days after military forces stormed a protest camp in Khartoum on June 3. More than 100 people have been reported killed since then.
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- Sudan: Post-Coup Realities Drive the Military and Civilians Together (April 29, 2019)