Opinion: The Sudanese army deserves a pat on the shoulder

Wednesday May 15 2019

By Tom Allison

Sudanese army rulers and protest leaders on Wednesday  agreed on a three-year transition period for transferring power to a full civilian administration.

The protestors are yet to get what they worked for but there are signs that the situation in Sudan is stabilizing after a long crisis that threatened to explode at some point in time.

By unseating President Omar Hassan al-Bashir, the army managed to thwart the US plan to foment a bloody coup in the country.

As evil as it may be, the resignation of President Omar al- Bashir was a necessary measure under the circumstances

The level of tension in the country reached a boiling point and mass clashes became the only alternative.

One of the main reasons is the economic crisis that mainly caused by the imposed sanctions by Western countries hoped that in this way they would be able to get rid of Bashir with the help of an already existing pattern.


Initially, they provoke a slight discontent and then use political technologists and the media to kindle it to the extent of a popular uprising.

A bloody conflict is very convenient to use as a pretext for the intervention of the United States and NATO.

Social networks were used to exacerbate the situation in Sudan by calling people to take to the streets. Western media also posted photos of the disgruntled regime and police brutality. The paid provocateurs, of course, remained behind the scenes.

In order to prevent the spread of misinformation, al-Bashir tried to block the social network, but to no avail - sending out VPN addresses immediately began.

Western political consultants instantly replicated the so-called «symbols of protest». As usual it is impossible to accuse directly the United States of interfering in the internal affairs of Sudan.

However, there are plenty of examples when unsuitable African leaders were overthrown by White House by the same pattern: Libya, Tunisia, Egypt.

The sad thing is that for each of that states the consequences of these changes were sad.

Omar al-Bashir can hardly be called the ideal ruler. But, nevertheless, he really made efforts to stabilize the situation in the country, but the artificially forced protests did not subside.

Provocateurs from the Communist Party of Sudan continued to lead the crowd. At some point, reasoning the demonstrators without the use of force became impossible.

And then the military decided to dismiss al-Bashir. This helped to cool the hotheads and the demonstrations stopped.

For the next three years, power in Sudan will remain in the hands of the military, until a new civilian government is elected. The Provisional Military Council is already holding consultations with political parties in Sudan.

However, the US is not satisfied with the current affairs, they do not need the stable situation in Sudan, on the contrary, they are looking for a reason to escalate the conflict.

That is why Washington demands the immediate transfer of power to civilians. It is obvious that in such a short time the country do not have time to prepare for the elections, and this can lead to chaos.

At the moment, the Military Council does not rely on anyone except itself and the reliable regional partners.

 That is why they are only ones who were really interested in resolving the socio-political crisis in Sudan.

Economic instability remains the main problem of the country, but with the help of the Allies, they have chances for a relatively quick recovery. Riyadh has already made its contribution, promising to send humanitarian aid to Sudan.

Tom Allison is a political commentator who has written extensively  for various publications in Europe, Asia and the US. He is currently based in East Africa