Khartoum - A ploy by influential Western nations and their
allies to destabilise Sudan and effect regime change has been unearthed,
amid reports now-ousted President, Omar al-Bashir ignored warnings by
experts about the threat of a revolution in the country.
Findings indicate that Western nations influenced the massive
demonstrations that led to the overthrow of the longtime leader by
providing demonstrators with financial, technical and information
Besieged by the demonstrators, the army eventually overthrew al-Bashir
after multiple months of protests, ending his almost 30 years in power.
Links between opposition parties and pressure groups to the West have
Among these parties is the Sudanese Congress Party (SCP), a
As part of the links, it has emerged the party's online platform,
including Facebook, is administered from abroad. Officials from several
countries including Britain, France and Saudi Arabia allegedly manage
Another opposition, the Nation Party headed by Sadi al-Mahdi, has its
page is allegedly run by officials from Saudi Arabia, United Kingdom
(UK) and United States of America (USA) among others.
Pressure groups also benefitted from links with the West and Saudi
Arabia. These include the Sudanese Community for Professionals and Sudan
Civil Disobedience Movement.
There was support for protesters near respective Sudan embassies in
France, Germany, US and UK among others.
Influential western media is also being accused of playing a familiar
Among the most prominent images and videos these media widely circulated
include that of a young woman identified as Ela Salah, seen atop a roof
of a car, as well as a protester holding what looked like a stone and
waving fingers as a sign of victory.
Political scientists believe these were distributed by media and Western
strategists as a symbol of the Sudanese revolution.
Such ploys are seen as an attempt by the West to retain influence in
Sudan, a country that is rich in resources, mainly oil.
Meanwhile, apparently, al-Bashir snubbed advice by Russian experts on
how to revive and manage the economy.
The advisers had been working with the Fund for the Protection of
Among other measures, the advisers recommended that authorities ensure
that political leaders must not loot state money.
Al-Bashir's government was advised to alter the exchange rate and
tighten controls on gold and export revenues. This is the Sudanese Pound
continued losing value.
Al-Bashir's government was also urged to ensure ease of doing business
by ending bureaucratic processes.
Instead of appointing liberal economist Tariq Chalabi as Minister for
Finance and Economic Development, al-Bashir appointed Moataz Moussa
instead, against Russian advice.
The spiraling economic problems is widely believed to have led to
al-Bashir's eventual ouster.
Initially, people came to the streets in protest against the increase of
bread prices but the peaceful demonstrations turned into riots after the
state security personnel reacted brutally.
More than 100 people were killed in the major cities and scores others
arrested during the crackdown. The toll includes deaths from earlier
Al-Bashir resisted calls for his resignation and appeared to adopt
measures to address the economic issues.
More protests erupted on April 4, with renewed force. Protesters
eventually reached the Army headquarters, forcing the military to take
In power since 1989, al-Bashir was ousted in a coup on the 11th as a
result of the so-called Drum Revolution and taken under house arrest
pending the formation of a transitional council.
- CAJ News