DAVID PILLING: How Sudan must avoid following Myanmar
Civilian leaders are sharing power with the military men they rose up against. Some call it the ‘Myanmar trap’
The peaceful revolution that overthrew Sudan’s dictator Omar al-Bashir in April 2019 was one of the most uplifting if underappreciated events of the year. In 2020, it has all but slipped off the international radar screen.
At a time when democracy is under pressure globally, millions of ordinary Sudanese took to the streets for months to demand the end of a dictatorship that had ground their faces in the dirt for 30 years. This was the purest expression of a popular pushback against autocracy that has shaken leaderships around the world, from Algeria to Hong Kong. Now its revolution is under threat.