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Vol 46 No 15

Published 22nd July 2005


Sudan

Pressure points

The Islamist government is under unprecedented pressure but is skilled at bouncing back

Forced to accept a non-Muslim, Southern rebel as First Vice-President and a draft constitution that promises the democracy it cannot risk, the Islamist government is under unprecedented pressure. Most Western and Arab officials, and some Sudanese, think they are containing and eroding a formerly Islamist but now simply corrupt and power-hungry regime. Yet that regime still controls the security agencies through which it rules and the levers of the economy it has privatised into its own hands.

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