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Vol 55 No 13

Published 27th June 2014


Sudan

Unhappy birthday

A quarter of a century after seizing power, the Islamist regime in Khartoum has nothing to celebrate, not even the success of its own 'Salvation Revolution'. It is besieged on all fronts

While leaders fight for power, the economy is in a dire state, nearly half the population is officially below the poverty line, the opposition is steadily gaining political and military ground, and international actors are tentatively starting to criticise a regime with which they have long sought to engage in the forlorn hope of moderating its more brutal abuses. As the economy plummets and the army fights wars on three fronts, political disarray in Khartoum is growing. 'The regime is being dismantled', a former senior official close to the 82-year-old Islamist guru Hassan Abdullah el Turabi told Africa Confidential.

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