Coup Begats Coup

Protests this spring in Sudan, which resulted in the ousting of longtime strongman Omar al-Bashir, began in December with high school students demonstrating against austerity measures and the steep rise in the cost of bread. Security forces responded with violence and Bashir’s government clamped down on social media platforms. But on April 11, he was removed in a military coup after thirty years in power. Ironically, he had assumed the presidency after instigating his own coup d’état in 1989.

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