Sudan government deposed

This item appears on page 19 of the June 2019 issue.

After months of civilian pro-democracy protests, the Sudanese military removed president Omar al-Bashir from office on April 11 in a bloodless coup, declaring that they would oversee a 2-year transition period. Al-Bashir had been president of the country for 30 years.

Though initially celebratory, pro-democracy groups then began to protest military rule, causing the military’s leader to voluntarily step down and appoint a more moderate officer in his stead.

Protests in favor of a civilian-led transition continued at press time.

The protests in Sudan began in December 2018 and were largely peaceful throughout, though at least 38 people were reported killed in sporadic clashes with security forces.