How the West influenced overthrow of Sudanese president

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Raji Bashir 
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 
support.

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 
emerged.

Among these parties is the Sudanese Congress Party (SCP), a 
western-sponsored organisation.

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 
the account.

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 
role.

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 
National Values.

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 
protests.

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 
action.

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

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