Springtime in Sudan
Omar al-Bashir's many opponents are organizing to end his 22-year rule. But can the Arab Spring reach Khartoum?
The anniversary of the 1964 "October Revolution," normally a cause for national celebration in Sudan, received no official attention last month as President Omar Hassan al-Bashir banned all attempts to celebrate the occasion -- and for good reason, says Senior Scholar David Ottaway.
Uprisings in the Arab world have so far toppled three long-ruling dictators in North Africa, two of them also army leaders, and have emboldened Bashir's many opponents. As I witnessed during a trip to Sudan last month, they are now gearing up to push for an end to his regime -- whether through negotiations, as happened in the case of General Abboud, or by arms, as proved necessary to oust Muammar al-Qaddafi in neighboring Libya.