Sunday’s departure of Sudan’s civilian prime minister Abdalla Hamdok deprived the coup leaders of their natural continuity between the revolution that overthrew the long-running strongman Omar el-Bachir in 2019 and a junta that then scrapped the division of power and imprisoned key architects behind the transition to democracy.
Why did Hamdok quit? Why now? Does his departure somehow tip the scales in a brutal showdown in which protesters continue to defy a deadly crackdown on dissent? How do you get the military to return to barracks when it has held the reins of political and economic power for so long?
To break free from its isolation, the junta has concluded agreements with armed groups at home and courted foreign powers abroad. How much influence do Egypt and the Gulf states have? Or the United States and European states, which are pushing for the coup leaders to admit? With fighting raging in neighboring Ethiopia, the last thing the world wants is a second civil war in the Horn of Africa.
Produced by Alessandro Xenos, Sophie Pizzimenti and Léopoldine Iribarren.