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Sudan’s past revolutions cast light on country’s crisis

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The current protests in Sudan are reminiscent of the past half century, during which military-led takeovers and popular uprisings have dotted the country’s political landscape.

With two popular revolutions the popular will of Sudan’s people has overthrown two military regimes in a show of self-determination.

Since its independence of 1956 to date, Sudan has witnessed more than 11 successful and attempted transfers of power. It has faced military rule for 45 years, with three separate periods of civilian government adding up to 11 years.

The most recent takeover was in 1989 and was led by the country’s current president, Omar Hassan al-Bashir. He has been in power for more than 23 years.