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Interim Government in Sudan

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The longtime rule of Sudan, President Omar Hassan al-Bashir, was overthrown by his defense minister, Lt. Gen. Awad Mohamed Ahmed Ibn Auf. After popular protests continued, a transitional government was named. The situation in Sudan recalls democratic movements during the Arab Spring in late 2010.

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“Sudan protest leaders to unveil interim civilian council”

“Sudan protesters ‘to name transitional government’”

“More protesters flood Sudan’s sit-in to demand civilian rule”

“Careful organization lies behind Sudan’s massive sit-in protests”

“Sudan’s Bashir transferred to jail notorious for holding political prisoners during his regime”

“Sudan: huge crowds call for civilian rule in biggest protest since Bashir ousting”

“My cousin has been killed in Sudan’s protests. His death must not be in vain”

“OPINION: Sudan’s new ruler is no democrat – and he has Darfur to answer for”

“Bashir’s fall a triumph for the people of Sudan”

“Are Sudan’s democratic forces ready for the battle ahead?”

“At a crossroads: protests in Sudan”


  • Writing: Why was there a coup in Sudan?
  • Debate: The United States should side with the pro-democracy protestors in Sudan.
  • Poll:  Do you think a second Arab Spring could succeed?
  • Short Answer: Why was Omar al-Bashir so unpopular in Sudan?

Current events quiz:

1) Sudan is _______________.

a. a region in West Africa
b. a country in North Africa
c. a part of East Africa
d. the capital of South Africa

2) Which Sudanese leader was recently ousted?

a. Omar al-Bashir
b. Hassan Al-Turabi
c. Sadiq al-Mahdi
d. Gaafar Nimeiry

3) When did Omar al-Bashir rise to power?

a. 1970
b. 1979
c. 1980
d. 1989

4) Mr. Bashir was accused of organizing war crimes and crimes against humanity by the International Criminal Court. (T/F)

5) Mr. Bashir is now in a maximum security prison. (T/F)

6) The protesters have only been protesting for a few days. (T/F)


1) B

2) A

3) D

4) T

5) T

6) F

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