This week, members of the Sudanese Cabinet were arrested by the military after tension had been building for weeks over disagreements between the government and the military.
The coup is a result of tensions simmering since 2019, when President Omar al-Bashir was ousted after nearly three decades at the helm. Post that, a body called the Sovereign Council was formed – consisting of the military and officials appointed by political groups – with the intent of having elections in 2023.
During the course of the last few years, both halves of the ruling council have clashed, with the military accusing civilian parties of mismanagement and misuse of power. The disagreements even saw a failed coup attempt in September as the military attempted to dissolve the civilian government.
Sudan’s military has been accused of war crimes, with the International Criminal Court seeking trials for the members accused, a demand that has not gone down well with the military, but one that has been approved by the cabinet. In addition, an investigation into the deaths of pro-democracy protesters is also ongoing.
Crises after crises
Alongside the democratic crisis, the country also has to deal with a worsening economic situation, a crisis that led to the fall of al-Bashir. The new government’s plans to solve the bread and fuel shortage haven’t gone to plan either, with harsh reforms causing inflation to cross 400% as citizens struggle to survive the onslaught.