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Sudan since the ouster of Bashir

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Added 1st July 2020 10:15 AM

Sudan since the ouster of Bashir

Omar al Bashir, Former President of Sudan

SUDAN | BASHIR | PROTESTS

A recap of key events in Sudan more than a year after mass protests toppled its president Omar al-Bashir from power, ending three decades of iron-fisted rule.

Bashir rule ends

 

On April 11, 2019, four months after mass protests sparked by a hike in bread prices morph into wider demands for reforms, Sudan's military authorities announce they have removed Bashir from power.

He is replaced by a transitional military government.

Defying a curfew, thousands of demonstrators remain camped in front of army headquarters as the protest movement demands a civilian government.

Negotiations between ruling generals and protest leaders end on May 20 without a deal on a democratic transition.

 

Transitional Government in Sudan

Bloody crackdown

 

On June 3, armed men in military fatigues move in on the protest camp outside army headquarters and disperse thousands of protesters.

Dozens are killed in the ensuing days-long crackdown.

The Rapid Support Forces (RSF), a feared paramilitary group that sprang from the notorious Janjaweed militia accused by rights groups of committing war crimes in Darfur, is blamed for the violence. 

Army chiefs announce a probe.

The military calls for elections within nine months.

Protesters denounce a putsch.

After both sides signal they are ready to talk again, Ethiopia and African Union mediators in June present new proposals for a transition.

 

Power deal

 

On July 5 the two sides agree in principle on an accord providing for power-sharing before transition to civilian rule.

On August 17, the military and protest leaders sign the hard-won "constitutional declaration" and a sovereign council is formed three days later.

General Abdel Fattah al-Burhan, who will head the council for 21 months, is sworn in on August 21 and economist Abdalla Hamdok is confirmed as prime minister.

The first post-Bashir government is sworn in on September 8.

 

Peace talks

 

In October, the government and rebel groups enter peace talks in Juba, South Sudan.

Sudan on October 16 announces a "permanent ceasefire" in the country's three war zones and green-lights the provision of humanitarian aid.

In late November, Bashir's party is dissolved.

 

Bashir convicted

 

On December 14, a Sudanese court convicts Bashir of graft and sentences him to serve two years in a correctional centre. He also faces separate charges in Sudan over the deaths of protesters and the 1989 coup that brought him to power.

 

Darfur probe

 

On December 22, Sudan opens an investigation into crimes committed by Bashir in Darfur from 2003. He has long been wanted by the International Criminal Court (ICC) in The Hague on charges of genocide, war crimes and crimes against humanity for his role in the conflict.

 

Spreading unrest

 

Sudan announces a state of emergency and a near-total closure of its borders on March 16 to tackle the novel coronavirus pandemic.

In April, inflation rockets to 99 percent as food prices soar.

The UN decides in June to create a political mission to support the transition and to keep some 8,000 peacekeepers in Darfur until December.

On June 9, Ali Kosheib, head of the Janjaweed militia wanted since 2007, is detained by the ICC for alleged war crimes and crimes against humanity in Darfur.

A Sudanese prosecutor on June 15 says Bashir's extradition to the Hague is not "necessary".

Ten days later the international community pledges $1.8 billion for Sudan, in the face of an economic crisis sparked by the pandemic.

On June 30, tens of thousands of protesters take to the streets in several cities and the capital calling for reforms and demanding justice for those killed in demonstrations.

 

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