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Vol 55 No 1

Published 10th January 2014


Sudan

Staking it all on survival

This year will be about political survival for the regime and Omer el Beshir; and physical survival for many Sudanese trapped in war and poverty

2014 is constitutionally designated as President Omer Hassan Ahmed el Beshir’s last full year in power. The year will be devoted to trying to ensure that Field Marshal Omer escapes the International Criminal Court arrest warrants for genocide, if possible with the blessing of Western governments.Omer hopes that they will – on a ‘Kenyan model’ – bet that this will stop Sudan sliding into the same kind of instability as that in South Sudan (see Feature, A violent road to democracy). Khartoum is presenting itself as a responsible partner in that crisis.

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