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Title:Democracy in the Sudan: Trial and Error
Author:Warburg, Gabriel R.
Periodical:Northeast African Studies
Geographic term:Sudan
political stability
Politics and Government
Abstract:Sudan has enjoyed democratic rule for only seven of its thirty years of independence. It has seen two successful military coups (November 1958 and May 1969), and two equally successful civilian uprisings (October 1964 and April 1985). The author describes the pendulum swing of Sudan's internal politics between military dictatorship and democracy from 1956 to the present, and offers suggestions as to the reasons leading to instability. The legacy left by Numeiri, encompassing the decision to reverse the Addis Ababa agreement, the declaration of the Shari'a laws, economic problems, and the increasing use of violence, has grave repercussions for the future. Success for the new democracy embodied in the coalition government led by al-Sadiq al-Mahdi, which was sworn in on May 15, 1986, will depend largely on whether the civil war in the south can be resolved peacefully, the controversial September 1983 laws can be reversed, and the stagnant economy can be revived. Notes, ref.