Sudan military dissolves transitional government in coup; A look at the ongoing crisis

Protests have been going on when the people of Sudan heard about a coup in the country. Sudan’s military seized power recently, dissolving the transitional government hours after troops arrested the acting Prime Minister and other officials. 

Political sources said, there was tension between the military and a civilian government, which resulted in the arrest of a large number of Pro-government party leaders.

The Sudan government

Former president Omar al-Bashir was ousted from power in 2019. Then the military and civilian groups have shared power in a transitional coalition, called the Sovereign Council.

The military shares power with officials appointed by civilian political groups on a governing body known as the Sovereign Council, which aims to lead the country to elections by the end of 2023. As per reports, it was the quarrels among political factions that prompted the military to intervene in the government’s matter. After the military took charge, civilians have complained of military overreach in foreign policy and peace negotiations in the country.

The disagreement is over allegations of war crimes by the military and its allies in the conflict in Darfur from 2003. The cabinet has signed off on handing over suspects, but the Sovereign Council has not. Other allegations against the military have also been raised by the civilian groups.

After accusing the mismanagement and monopolizing power of civilian parties by the military, the civilian parties dissolved from the power. Now a large number of people protesters are on the streets of the capital demanding the return of civilian rule, BBC reported.

In the report, it is said that doctors have refused to work at hospitals and institutions under military rule, except in emergencies. However, an  “independent and fair representative government”, said General Abdel Fattah al-Burhan in a television address.

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Human rights defender Duaa Tariq said, “ there was fear and confusion in the streets, but also solidarity between the protesters. The tension and violence are also burning  because people tried to go to the army headquarter and some of them met with gunshots.” Meanwhile, World leaders have reacted with alarm to the military’s move.