From: The Stream

Is Sudan’s democratic transition doomed?

On Wednesday, October 27 at 19:30 GMT:
Sudan’s military seized control of the country in a coup on Monday, arresting the prime minister and other civilian leaders. The country’s transitional sovereign council has been dissolved and the military has declared a state of emergency.

General Abdel Fattah al-Burhan, now the country’s de facto leader, said the military still supports a transition to democracy and will appoint a technocratic government before elections take place in July 2023. Nonetheless, at least seven people were shot dead and 140 wounded as pro-democracy protesters took to the streets.

Following an April 2019 coup that toppled longtime autocrat Omar al-Bashir, Sudan has spent the past two-and-a-half years with a transitional government led by both civilian and military leaders. The power-sharing arrangement, though, came under growing pressure after a failed military coup on Sept. 21. Thousands had been participating in competing street protests between those supporting the transitional authorities and others calling for a return to military rule.

In this episode, we ask: What’s next in Sudan’s troubled political transition?

On this episode of The Stream, we speak with:
Hiba Morgan, @Hiba_Morgan
Al Jazeera correspondent

Kholood Khair, @KholoodKhair
Managing partner, Insight Strategy Partners

Salma Abdalla, @Salmaabdalla
Researcher & political scientist