Sudan on the Verge of Civil War! Russia Urges Caution, Against Any "War For Democracy!"
The residents of Sudan are tearing down the images of their now former president. It took them too long to see the changes come true. Omar Al-Bashir failed to handle the lack of food products and hyperinflation. Both sides in this conflict decided to protect their right for a better life with deadly force. Soldiers waged a gun battle with unidentified militants.
After the actions of the military, who declared the president and the government as ousted, the opposition refused to go home. Moreover, they promised to take it to the streets again and continue sit-down strikes.
Ahmed Abbas, protestor: «If they don't establish a civil government that will represent the interests of the residents of Sudan, our revolution won't be accomplished, it wouldn't materialize the hopes of the people of Sudan. That's why we'll continue protesting and stay on the square until our lawful requirements are fulfilled».
To avoid new unrest, the military introduced a curfew. In just a few hours, the officers succeeded in dissolving the parliament, putting the constitution on hold, forming a military council, with the Minister of Defense as the head, and declared a transitional period, which will last no less than two years. The world's main pro-democracy fighters in their Washington headquarters don't agree with this turn of events.
Robert Palladino, U.S. State Department: «The United States continues to call on the country's temporary government to show moderation and let the citizens of the country participate in the work of the government. They have claimed their lawful right for the government which will protect and protect human rights».
The European Union has a similar opinion. The military should hand power over to a civilian government. EU officials reminded that military management doesn't respond to the challenges the country is facing and violates the regulations of the African Union. While Sudan is considering this issue, the USA suspended negotiations on the extension of bilateral relations and recommended their citizens to avoid traveling to this country. Sudan's closest partners in the region are more moderate in their estimation of the situation in the country.
Recep Erdoğan, President of Turkey: «We have deep historical relations with Sudan. We're advocating for their continuation. For the moment, I hope that Sudan will succeed in its advancement towards a normal democratic process. I hope very much that Sudan will settle the internal differences by the way of national reconciliation in a peaceful manner».
Sudan's global partner, Moscow also isn't hurrying to draw conclusions.
Dmitry Polansky, Russian Representative to the UN: «Let's wait a little bit until the unrest in Sudan settles in order to see a clear picture of the events. Sudan is a key part of the region. The government of Sudan has facilitated solutions to many African problems. We'll be very cautious and won't take anyone's side. We need to actually figure out what happened. Russia was and remains a friend of Sudan».
The concerns of the superpowers are understandable. Sudan is called «the key to Africa» for a reason.
Daniil Shtopov, expert: «Speaking about Sudan's foreign policy, at this moment the Republic of Sudan acts as a regulator of external political processes in the neighboring states, such as the Central African Republic, the Republic of Chad, as well as the Republic of South Sudan. Despite the fact that South Sudan gained independence from the Republic of Sudan in 2011, Omar Al-Bashir personally controlled the situation there for a long time».
Experts in politics still find it hard to forecast the outcomes of the revolution in Sudan. The well-respected media outlet Foreign Policy published an article whose authors also have trouble with their estimation of the events. However, they proposed two theories as to what is happening in Sudan right now: a transition to democracy or military men playing with big politics.
Victoriya Guseva, Anna Voronina, Vesti.