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Vol 57 No 22

Published 4th November 2016


The securocrats get stronger

Under pressure, President Omer is cutting the power of the party and the army and relying more on his security agents and enforcers

The regime's power-base is shrinking after the formal end of its National Dialogue initiative on 10 October. President Omer Hassan Ahmed el Beshir had hoped that the planned return of veteran politician El Sadig el Mahdi, after two years of exile in Egypt, would give a veneer of credibility to the political talks. However, although Omer telephoned him to ask him to come back in October, El Sadig refused and isn't due to arrive until next month. Even that is in doubt after objections from within his National Umma Party. The Dialogue has achieved little as the substantive opposition, including the Umma, boycotted it.

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