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Sudan army’s alliance with Islamists stokes fears of backslide ...


Sudan army’s alliance with Islamists stokes fears of backslide to tyranny

Country faces existential crisis as army, while an obstacle to democracy, is key to stability and economic progress

Khalid Abdelaziz and Nafisa Eltahir

Since Sudan’s military staged a coup six months ago many former allies of toppled autocrat Omar al-Bashir have been allowed to rejoin the civil service while others have been freed from prison in an apparent push to form a government and reassure donors.

The rehabilitation of the Islamist National Congress Party (NCP), which ruled Sudan under Bashir before he was ousted by a popular uprising in 2019, comes amid a worsening economic crisis and ongoing street protests demanding a return to civilian rule.

At a news conference last Monday, members of several Islamist factions, including the NCP, inaugurated a “Broad Islamist Current” to signal their formal return to politics...

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