One More Step Back for Sudan

Sudan’s attempt to move from military to civilian rule was set back another step on January 3, 2021 with the resignation of temporary civilian Prime Minister Abdalla Hamdok. He cited a failure to keep his nation from “sliding towards disaster” and building a consensus between the interests of the military and civilians. The military has been a powerful force in Sudan’s government since shortly after independence on January 1, 1956. Two years after independence, Sudan had its first coup. Their most recent was October 25, 2021. The Sudanese government has killed over 50 protesters since late October.

Mr. Hamdok’s background is in economics, and he hoped to use his knowledge to build a cabinet of technocrats until an election. Since October, he negotiated the forgiveness of some of Sudan’s foreign debt, but that carried the stipulation that the government would greatly reduce fuel subsidies. Fuel prices rose dramatically, leading to more unrest. Protesters also suspected Mr. Hamdok’s presence as prime minister helped to legitimize military rule.

The military is now firmly in control of Sudan’s government. That leads to the possibility of the country becoming a nation that gives sanctuary and aid to Muslim terrorists. It could also allow the government to slip into a military dictatorship like they had under Omar al-Bashir’s rule from 1993 to 2019.

Let us pray fervently for:

  • God to raise up someone with the character and wisdom of Daniel to take Sudan from destruction to prosperity (The Bible, Daniel 6:1-3).
  • God’s mercy and sovereignty to protect the innocent. The poor suffer the most under dictatorships (The Bible, Psalm 17:12-13).
  • God to show Himself mighty and loving during Sudan’s ongoing political problems (The Bible, Psalm 17:6-7).
  • Thousands in Sudan, especially those in the military, to seek the Lord for His answers to bring righteous transformation to Sudan and its people (The Bible, Jeremiah 22:3).
  • The protection of peaceful demonstrators seeking the best for the people of Sudan (The Bible, Job 5:15-16)