Liz Garmatz

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"Sudan: New Regime Lacks Steerage Way," Africa Research Bulletin, August 15, 1989.



This article focuses on the conflicts and problems that developed in Sudan after the June 30th coup.


Sudan was faced with three very difficult situations, the civil war in the south, the failing economy, and conflicts concerning the Sudanese People’s Liberation Army.  Some critics said the new military government was not taking the essential steps it needed to do in order to help Sudan prosper.  However, there seemed to be sympathy with Islamic fundamentalists and a stress on the connections with the Arab world, rather than that of the Christian south.  It was later discovered that many members of the new government were sympathetic to the National Islamic Front, while the new leader, Lt. Gen. Omar Hassan Ahmed el Beshir was known to be a devout Moslem. 

Also, the new government seemed to be preparing for a more heated war.  There were talks of unity between Sudan, Egypt, and Libya, which alienated the south and the SPLA.  Another aspect of debate was on July 9th the government was officially formed and it contained 21 ministers, all led by Beshir.  Several members of the cabinet were also close to the National Islamic Front and the Muslim Brotherhood.  Even with this new government, the officials were still faced with the two key issues of ending the civil war in south Sudan and reviving the economic status. 

Many nations around the world were also interested in monitoring the advancement of Sudan.  A great deal of support came from Egypt, which shared the Nile with Sudan.  The United States also decided to send financial assistance to Sudan.  In short, Sudan, with its new government, is trying to maintain economic and civil stability with the help of other nations.