Weeks after President Omar al-Bashir’s ouster, tensions between Sudan’s protest movement and powerful military are mounting with regional powers ready to seize on divisions between and within rival camps.
The posters began circulating late Sunday as
“Equality in female participation at every level,” the posters proclaimed, inviting women to participate in a “women’s march” the next day.
While opposition leaders negotiated the formation of a joint civilian-military council that would take over power in Sudan, a number of female demonstrators were protesting over the lack of women’s representatives in the critical talks.
The Sudanese uprising that led to the April 11 ouster of longtime leader Omar al-Bashir was never just a political revolt. It has also been a cultural revolution, a shaking-up of decades of marginalisation of women, non-Arab minorities and secular figures who were oppressed or silenced during 30 years of Islamist autocracy.
Weeks after Bashir’s ouster, the future of Sudan is the source of intense debate and disquiet, with diverse actors jostling to have a say in the form and shape the country will take. Within the country’s vast security establishment, senior military officers have been rising and crashing, in a sign of the turmoil that has gripped an institution that was manipulated and controlled by Bashir.
Meanwhile beyond Sudan’s borders, regional rivals are attempting to maneuver or hijack the revolution as they vie for strategic gains in a country that straddles Africa’s Saharan and Sub-Saharan regions, with an 850-
Military and the people tussle for power
The biggest challenge confronting the Sudanese opposition is the battle for power between the military and a civilian protest movement trying to avoid the failures of the 2011 Arab uprisings.
The struggle these days is focused on the make-up of a joint military-civilian council that would take over from the 10-member military council ruling the country since Bashir’s ouster.
The opposition Declaration for Freedom and Change (DFC) — a broad coalition orchestrating the protests – is seeking a