Agreement in Sudan

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

Following more than a year of unrest and clashes between civilian and military factions in Sudan, a power-sharing deal was signed between military leaders and the country’s pro-democracy movement on Aug. 17.

In April, after having been in power for 30 years and following weeks of massive protests, the former president, Omar al-Bashir, was deposed by the military. The military then placed a figurehead in charge, leading to further protests and violence, which peaked on June 3 when the Sudanese military opened fire on protesters in the capital, Khartoum, killing at least 30 people and injuring hundreds of others.

Under the new agreement, elections will take place in three years, with an 11-member sovereign council running the country during the transition to a democratic government.