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Prospects for Democracy in Sudan

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This public lecture brings together a panel of leading scholars on Sudan to discuss the dynamics of the 2019 Sudanese revolution.

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The 2019 Sudanese revolution was characterised by both non-violent civic mobilisation and the fast-evolving transnational and mercenarised political marketplace under key segments of the current regime.

In December 2018, protests began across Sudan due to steadily rising living costs, unemployment and poor economic conditions. Five months later, in April 2019, these protests reached their peak and culminated in the ousting of the nearly 30-year rule of President Omar al-Bashir.

Since Bashir’s departure, Sudan has been governed by the Transmilitary Council (TMC). However, protests persisted as the people campaigned for a say in how they would like to be governed and demanded involvement in the transition to a democratic government. Eventually, a transitional governance agreement was reached between the TMC and the Declaration of Freedom and Change. However, the deputy chair of the TMC and de facto ruler of Sudan is General Mohamed ‘Hemedti’ Dagalo, Hemedti’s regime is energetically cutting political-financial deals, akin to how Bashir operated, to stay on top of the country’s tumultuous politics. The panel will tackle the 'real politics’ of Sudan’s transition in detail and it will provide an overview of the most realistic alternative paths to stability. Identifying the historically embedded economic, political and social components of this puzzle are particularly crucial for Sudanese civil society, activists and members of the business and political communities to identify potential allies and successful strategies to promote change. Likewise, it is essential for governments such as the United Kingdom to better understand these factors in order to support meaningful change.

Speakers:

Alex de Waal, Director of the World Peace Foundation, Tufts University.

Raga Makawi, Sudanese Activist and Editor at Zed Books and African Arguments.

Photo credit: Muhammad Salah, Documentary Photographer based in Khartoum. Taken during the sudan uprising in April 2019. Website: www.moaziz.com Instagram: @m.salah.abdulaziz

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