There’s an age-old joke in the Arab world which overtly suggests that Sudan is the slowest country in the region to catch on to hot trends.
Many are now wondering whether Sudan has finally caught the regional revolutionary fever.(Reuters)
It has been a turbulent past two years, giving international observers the opportunity to create a raft of seasonal terms to describe what followed: a Summer of Protest, an Anti-American Autumn and an Islamist Winter.
Bashir, the ‘killer’
No more fear
“I do believe this is Sudan’s ‘Arab Spring’ – delayed only until anger finally overcame fear, as it now has clearly done,” Eric Reeves, a Sudan analyst, told Al Arabiya News. (Reuters)
“I do believe this is Sudan’s ‘Arab Spring’ – delayed only until anger finally overcame fear, as it now has clearly done,” Eric Reeves, a researcher and analyst of Sudanese political affairs, told Al Arabiya News.
Protestors branded Sudanese leader Omar al-Bashir a “killer” after protests turned deadly. (File photo: AFP)
“Now, money will have to be printed to cover the enormous budget cap and accelerating inflation, which may turn into economy-destroying ‘hyper-inflation,’” added the expert.
‘No place to hide’
For some Sudanese observers, the protests aren’t entirely reminiscent of a fully-fledged Arab Spring-style revolt. (Reuters)
“In modern history, the Sudanese people have twice risen against military rulers – in 1964 and 1985. They were two regimes that won power through a coup against legitimate and elected authorities,” added Tamim.