The Role Of Islamism As A National Identity For Sudan Essay

1509 Words May 10th, 2016 7 Pages
Ever since Sudan gained independence from Britain and Egypt in 1956, its political landscape has experienced seemingly endless sociopolitical and economic turmoil due to ethnic conflicts amongst the 570 different tribes with diverse sets of faiths, social backgrounds and cultures, and more so due to religious tensions and power politics between the dominant Arab-Islamic North and the repressed Christian South. The 1989 coup d’etat resulted in the successful overthrow of democratically elected Prime Minister Sadiq al-Mahdi, head of the Umma Party, and lead to the takeover of political Islam agenda established by Col. Omar al-Bashir’s National Islamic Front. The presidential elections since then have mostly been plagued by irregularities, and a consistent crackdown on opposition forces has resulted in a mass boycotting of elections, reinforcing al-Bashir’s supremacy. To use Islamism as a national identity for Sudan has backfired tremendously for the ruling party as it has further deepened ethnic and religious tensions within the country. In 2014, the opposition parties and civil societies along with Umma Party signed the national dialogue convention with the African Union High-Level Implementation Panel with the clear goal on a comprehensive peace settlement in the country, and in its absence, a rebellion to overthrow the ruling party. Later that year, General Bashir made a constitutional amendment that redirected all the political power in his hands. This means that Sudan is…

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