Calls for Sudan’s military to reinstate a transitional government are growing louder following last week’s coup, as international mediators work to restore a power-sharing arrangement between military and civilian leaders.
Sudan had been ruled by an interim government, which was supposed to shepherd the country to elections in 2023, since longtime autocrat Omar al-Bashir was overthrown after mass protests in 2019.
But that ended last month when General Abdel Fattah al-Burhan seized power and had Prime Minister Abdalla Hamdok and other officials arrested. Burhan’s actions were swiftly condemned around the world, the country was suspended from the African Union, and the United States and World Bank halted aid in an attempt to pressure him.
Hamdok, who is under house arrest, on Monday met with a UN envoy as mediators scramble to find a solution.
Three people were shot dead and more than 100 wounded as tens of thousands of people poured into the streets on Saturday to protest the coup. Security forces have denied using live rounds and several countries have now requested the UN Human Rights Council convene a special session on the apparent crackdown.
So where does Sudan go from here? In this episode of The Stream, we discuss the mediation efforts as we ask what it will take to restore peace.
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