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About our Sudan news

The latest breaking news updates on Sudan in a live news feed aggregated from mainstream, alternative and independent sources, by NewsNow.

Sudan, officially the Republic of the Sudan, is a country in north east Africa. Between 1989 and 2019, Sudan experienced a 30-year-long military dictatorship led by Omar al-Bashir, who was accused of human rights abuses, including torture, persecution of minorities, allegations of sponsoring global terrorism, and ethnic genocide due to its actions in the war in the separatist region of Darfur that broke out in 2003.

During his rule, South Sudan split from the north while the International Criminal Court issued an arrest warrant for Bashir's alleged war crimes in Darfur.

Overall, the regime's actions killed an estimated 300,000 to 400,000 people. Protests erupted in 2018, demanding Bashir's resignation, which resulted in a coup d'état on 11 April 2019 and Bashir's imprisonment.

Sudan was then ruled by an uneasy alliance between the military and civilian groups, which ended in October 2021 when the power-sharing government was dissolved by armed forces.

This coup was orchestrated by army General Abdel Fattah al-Burhan and leader of powerful paramilitary group the Rapid Support Forces (RSF), General Mohamed Hamdan Dagalo, upending the fragile transition to civilian rule that had been started after the removal of Bashir.

Tensions subsequently increased over the proposed integration of the RSF into the military. In April 2023, fighting broke out after weeks of tension between the army and the RSF, increasing the risk of a nationwide civil war, leaving dozens of civilians dead and hopes for a peaceful transition to civilian rule in tatters.

According to The Guardian, "Sudan's strategic location and agricultural wealth have attracted regional power plays, complicating the chances of a successful transition to civilian-led government… Major geopolitical dimensions are also at play, with Russia, the US, Saudi Arabia, the United Arab Emirates and other powers battling for influence in Sudan."

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