What led to the military takeover in Sudan

Protesters march on 60th Street in Khartoum, Sudan, on October 25, to condemn the military detention of members of the Sudanese government. (AFP/Getty Images)

Sudan’s military dissolved its power-sharing government and declared a state of emergency on Monday, after troops arrested Prime Minister Abdullah Hamdok, his wife and other senior civilian officials, bringing the country to its two-year-old thrown into the greatest crisis of the democratic transition.

The military takeover comes after weeks of deepening political chaos in the country, where military and civilian groups have been sharing power in an uneasy coalition since the ouster of former President Omar al-Bashir in 2019, called the Sovereign Council. goes.

The triumphant mood in the country after Bashir’s ouster ended his three-decade-long rule has soured with tensions simmering in protests over the power-sharing and contributing to instability.

Tensions rose as politicians, including Hamdok, pushed for a complete change to civilian rule by 17 November.

a failed coup attempt In late September, forces attributed to Bashir further strained the already unstable alliance.

In the weeks that followed, military leaders have been calling for a reform of the Forces of Freedom and Change (FFC) coalition and the replacement of the cabinet. Civic leaders accused him of grabbing power.

Crowds of Sudanese protesters took to the streets last Thursday demanding that the 2019 pro-democracy movement be honored and an elected government be delivered to the people.