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Sudan: Two Opposition Leaders Arrested After Ethiopian Prime Minister's Mediation Effort

1 MIN READJun 8, 2019 | 15:06 GMT

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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