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Growing majority of Sudanese reject non-democratic regimes

25 Oct 2021 Sudan

A majority of Sudanese reject military rule and other non-democratic regimes, the most recent Afrobarometer survey shows.

Findings from a national survey in early 2021 show that public opposition to military, strongman, and one-party rule has increased since 2015.

Although only half of citizens declare a preference for democracy over any other political system, democracy supporters outnumber those who think non-democratic systems can be preferable by about 2-to-1.

Sudan’s transition to democracy has been led by a hybrid military-civilian government since a popular uprising forced President Omar al-Bashir from office in 2019. But after an unsuccessful coup attempt in September, Prime Minister Abdalla Hamdok and other ministers have been arrested in an apparent coup Monday morning.