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Army takeover in Sudan

by our Arab Affairs correspondent

THE Sudanese army kicked out the pro-imperialist government in Khartoum this week. The military were part of the transitional government that was formed after the former president, Field Marshal Omar al Bashir, was ousted in 2019. But on Monday they arrested Prime Minister Abdalla Hamdok and dissolved the government, claiming that recent developments in the country posed a danger to national security.

The head of Sudan’s Sovereign Council, General Abdel Fattah al-Burhan, has declared a state of emergency and the dissolution of the council and government. He stated that the military will now lead the democratic transition until power is transferred to a civilian government and pledged to ensure that elections are held in July 2023.In the capital, Khartoum, people took to the streets to protest against the army takeover whilst at least one major coastal tribe has come out in favour of the new regime.

The old transitional government crawled to the Americans to end US imperialism’s crippling economic blockade imposed on the country for alleged support of Al Qaeda, which was deemed “state sponsored terrorism” in Washington.

Although sanctions were lifted and a limited amount of US ‘aid’ restored to Sudan, one of the poorest countries in Africa, it came at a price. Sudan became the fifth Arab country to recognise Israel and plans for a Russian naval base in Port Sudan were suspended. In September the transitional government seized assets belonging to Hamas, the Palestinian Muslim Brotherhood which controls the Gaza Strip, whilst dispatching officials to Israel for secret talks on military and defence issues.

The Americans have condemned the coup, suspended their $700 million aid package and called on the army to free the civilian leaders currently under house arrest. Last month a number of Bashir loyalists were charged will plotting to restore the old dictatorship but whether what’s left of the Bashir camp will profit from the coup remains uncertain. No-one knows where the army intends to take Sudan now that it is back in charge.

The army chiefs are believed to have close ties with Bashir’s Saudi friends as well as Egypt and the Emiratis, who all will want to see the new regime curb the growing influence of the Muslim Brotherhood in Sudan.

Meanwhile People’s China, Sudan’s biggest trading partner, is calling on all Sudan’s factions “to resolve their differences through dialogue so as to maintain peace and stability of the country”.