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Title:The Sudan, 1985-1989: The Fading Democracy
Author:Salih, Kamal O.
Periodical:Journal of Modern African Studies
Geographic term:Sudan
Subjects:political conditions
political stability
Politics and Government
Abstract:This article discusses the political situation in the Sudan in the aftermath of the 1985 popular uprising which reinstated parliamentary democracy. It focuses on the major challenges which confronted the civilian leaders before their downfall on 30 June 1989, when a military coup d'tat replaced Sadiq al-Mahdi's all-party coalition with the Revolution Command Council (RCC) for National Salvation. It shows that the corrupt and inefficient party system, the deteriorating economy, the unresolved issue of 'sharia' law, and the agonizing war in the South have been largely responsible for the political turmoil which has characterized the Sudan during the period 1985-1989. The political development in the Sudan suggests that it is virtually impossible for a viable system of government to be created, let alone survive, in a deeply divided and heterogeneous nation in which political parties are primarily organized on sectarian, ethnic and regional lines. Note, ref.