The Sudanese Uprising.
The people of Sudan have brought to an end the rule of a 30-year tyrannical leader through a strategic military coup. Omar al Bashir has ruled over the country since the late 1980s but a failing economy led the army to remove their leader and place themselves in control for at least the next two years.
Other than being a significant day for Sudan, today will go down in history as another day on which it was proved that there is power in the people. The Sudanese population grew tired of the regime which had gripped them in an authoritarian rule for years, they united to make a change. Like most revolts against a leader, the lives of the people were sacrificed.
Thousands of Sudanese people took part in a protest outside the defence ministry which began at the weekend, 22 losing their lives in clashes with security forces.
Bashir is currently being protected and under house arrest, his predecessor will be decided with an election at the end of the 24 month military leadership period. Awad Muhammad Auf, Sudan’s defence minister. announced the news on State TV earlier today.
Also announced alongside with the election was a state of emergency for the next three months as well as a curfew for all people between 10pm and 4am and a closure of Sudanese airspace for 24 hours. These are only the first of what will surely be many policies carried out by the new military leadership to rebuild their country.
Sudan is in the midst of the most important movements in its history. Years of tyrannical leadership have been overthrown and a new dawn is on the horizon. The media coverage has, however, been minimal. Within the country, censorship restrictions have allowed little to be projected back to the people. Internationally there is almost nothing.
The biggest interests many countries have had in Sudan is their potential as a military power, with little consideration given to the plight of the people.
It is a jubilant day for the people of Sudan, with celebrations in the streets at the prospect of a brighter future for their country. The transition out of the shadow of a dictatorship will be slow and there will be periods of uncertainty, but by the time the country takes to the polls in 2021 to vote for a new leader they should be in a position to welcome back a democratic basis of government
The uprising may have gone totally unnoticed by much of the world, yet for the Sudanese people, one can only imagine what the feeling must be. They have set an example to populations living under this kind of rule.
The Sudanese people can be forgiven for having a distrust of foreign governments, there was little in the way of condemnation of Bashir's’ violence towards his own people during his reign, with the former Sudanese leader being financially supported by European countries such as Turkey. The people have done this on their own and the rest of the world has not made it easier for them.