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Coup Intrigue Is the Latest Threat to Sudan’s Democratic Dream

  • Army, civilians trade blame after Tuesday’s alleged putsch
  • Drama lays bare dangerous split in transitional government
Abdel Fattah al-Burhan

Abdel Fattah al-Burhan

Photographer: Mahmoud Hjaj/Anadolu Agency/Getty Images

Tensions between Sudan’s civilian politicians and army neared breaking point after an alleged coup bid, risking a democratic transition seen as a rare bright spot in a region marked by dictatorship and conflict.

Two days after the military said it stamped out a mutiny and arrested more than 20 officers, top officials have been trading barbs, laying bare a clash in the power-sharing government between activists who pushed for the 2019 ouster of dictator Omar al-Bashir and army figures who once supported him.