The 1998 Sudanese Constitution was repealed
on April 11, 2019 in connection with a military coup.
After months of popular protests around the country, the
ruling military council and the protest movement's
representatives signed a so-called political and
constitutional agreement on August 17, 2019. This
replaces the 1998 Constitution.
The constitutional agreement provides for civilian
and military leaders to co-govern for a transitional
period of three years, until general elections to a
civilian government are held in 2022. The transitional
government consists of a so-called sovereign council
consisting of six civilians and five military
commanders, who shall rule the country for 39 months.
The council is led by a military for the first 21
months, then for 18 months by a civilian.
Total population and chart of Sudan for years of 2020, 2021, 2022, 2023 and 2024. Also covers population density, birth rate, death rate and population growth rates.
The sovereign council, in turn, appoints a civil,
technocratic transitional government, whose prime
minister is appointed by the civilian side while the
defense and interior minister are appointed by the
military. Under the agreement, the paramilitary RSF
sorts under the military while the intelligence service
is controlled by the sovereign council and the
transitional government together.
On August 21, 2019, the sovereign council took over
with General Abdel Fattah Abdelrahman al-Burhan as
leader. The prime minister for a transitional government
was elected economist and UN diplomat Abdalla Hamdok.
The Hamdok government's stated priorities until 2022
are to hold talks with armed resistance groups to create
a lasting peace, and to provide equal rights and
opportunities to all citizens. Its work will be based on
principles of non-violence and democracy.
The 1998 Constitution
According to the abolished constitution of 1998, the
president was head of state and government and was
elected in direct and general elections for a five-year
term. The president then appointed his own government.
The Legislative Parliament was dissolved in
connection with the military coup in 2019. Parliamentary
elections were held last 2015. The Assembly then
consisted of two chambers: the National Assembly (lower
house) had 426 members, of which 213 were elected in
one-man constituencies, 85 proportionate by party lists
and 128 proportionate among female candidates. The
Cabinet (upper house) consisted of 32 members: 30
appointed by the legislators in the lower house and two
observers from the disputed border area Abyei. All
parliamentarians were elected for a five-year term.
Administratively, Sudan is divided into 18 states,
which in turn are divided into a number of districts.
The states are governed by each governor, who is
assisted by five state ministers each. According to the
1998 constitution, the president appointed the state
The ousted President Omar al-Bashir's support party
The National Congress Party (
NCP) was banned in November 2019. The NCP was a
breakout group from the political-religious organization
the Muslim Brotherhood. It ruled the country throughout
al-Bashir's 30-year power holdings.
Until the 1970s, the Sudanese Communist Party
was strong and well-organized, with supporters
both in northern and southern Sudan, although the base
was in the north. The party was banned along with the
other opposition parties in 1971 (see Modern history).
In the freer political climate after 2005, the party
reappeared in public but was severely weakened.
Other traditional parties are linked to religious
orders and leading families of the Arab elite.
The Uma Party is the political branch of the
Sammaniyah order and is led by the al-Mahdi family, who
are descendants of a religious rebellion leader in the
19th century (see Ancient History). The party has split
and swung between different positions, partly as a
result of power struggles within the al-Mahdi family.
The Umma Party won the elections in Sudan in 1986. Its
leader Sadiq al-Mahdi formed government but overthrew in
the military coup in 1989 when al-Bashir took power. In
the demonstrations leading up to the 2019 military coup,
the Umma Party leader Sadiq al-Mahdi played an important
The Democratic Unionist Party (
DUP), which came second in the 1986
election, is the al-Mirghani family's party and the
khatmiya order's speech tube. DUP is now split into DUP
originals and DUP-Jalal al-Digair.
A coup attempt is averted
The government announces that a coup attempt has been averted and that 13
people have been arrested for involvement in this. Among the arrested are
military as well as civilians, including Salah Hosh, former head of one of the
Prosecutions against Israel
Sudan accuses Israel of being behind an explosion with accompanying fire in a
weapons factory in Khartoum. According to the government, four fighter aircraft
have flown in from the east and fired rockets at the factory. Two people are
killed in the fire. A spokesman for the Israeli Defense Ministry describes Sudan
as "a dangerous terrorist state", but does not comment on the charges. Israel is
also suspected of an attack in September when a driverless plane destroyed an
ammunition transport south of Khartoum.
Negotiations in Addis Ababa
President al-Bashir meets South Sudan's President Salva Kiir in Ethiopia's
capital Addis Ababa to try to resolve the conflicts between the two countries.
After four days of talks, the parties sign an agreement on trade, oil and
security. They also agree to set up a demilitarized buffer zone, but the
boundary issue remains unsolved.
Agreement on oil transport
Sudan and South Sudan agree on the economic conditions for the transportation
of South Sudanese oil to Sudanese shipping ports in the Northeast. The UN
deadline for the parties to August 2 to resolve all remaining disputes is
extended to September 22.
Organized opposition to the government
A series of opposition parties, gathered in the umbrella organization
National Consensus Forces (NCF), includes a treaty on working with peaceful
methods to overthrow the regime. NCF wants to promote a regime change through
strikes, demonstrations, sitting strikes and civil disobedience. NCF also agrees
to announce ceasefire on all fronts in the areas where fighting is ongoing
against rebel forces and South Sudan's army.
Raised fuel prices provoke anger
Protests are spreading across the Khartoum area against the government's
decision to abolish subsidies on fuel, among other things, to reduce the budget
deficit caused by the loss of the South Sudanese oil fields. According to Human
Rights Watch, a large number of people are arrested and abused.
Relief organizations are expelled
Four aid organizations from the west, including the Swedish Save the
Children, are expelled from eastern Sudan. The official explanation is that the
organizations have not succeeded in implementing their projects, but the relief
workers suspect that there are political reasons behind the action. Tensions are
on the rise in the east, where residents feel let down by the central
government, which has not fulfilled promises of increased aid to the region.
Troop retreat from Abyei
Sudan withdraws its troops from Abyei a few days before peace talks start in
Ethiopia's capital Addis Ababa. Sudan, however, retains some presence in the
oil-rich district by simultaneously deploying 200 police officers in the area.
Sudan's finance minister says the conflict with South Sudan has cost the
Treasury the equivalent of $ 2.4 billion in missing transit fees for South
Sudanese oil and reduced its own oil production. The country's total exports are
declining and inflation is rising.
The UN requires a ceasefire
The UN Security Council unanimously adopts a resolution calling on Sudan and
South Sudan to guarantee in writing within two days that they will stop fighting
and withdraw their respective forces to their own side of the border. The
resolution also requires that all unresolved conflict issues between the
countries be addressed for new negotiations within two weeks and that a
settlement is to take place within three months. If either side fails to meet
the conditions, the Security Council threatens to impose non-military sanctions
on that country. Both countries say they accept the plan and timetable, but
South Sudan complains about continued Sudanese shooting of military units in the
state of Unity.
State of emergency along the border
President al-Bashir faces a state of emergency in cities along the entire
border with South Sudan.
Flight attacks against South Sudan
Sudan strikes with airstrikes far in southern Sudan. On April 16, Sudan's
parliament declares South Sudan as "enemy". Sudanese flights are accused of
bombing civilian areas in South Sudan after the South Sudanese troops were
driven away from Heglig.
South Sudan is taking over oil fields
South Sudanese troops take control of the Heglig oil field after several
weeks of fighting in the border area. The city of Hegligs around 5,000
residents flee the fighting. According to the United Nations, most people do
not have access to supplies and roofs. Satellite images analyzed by a US-funded
institute are reported to show that the oil field has been severely damaged,
probably intentionally. After the division of the country, Heglig accounts for
about half of Sudan's remaining oil production. Sudan is dependent on Heglig for
a substantial portion of its state budget. The African Union (AU) calls on South
Sudan to withdraw its forces.
New battles in South Kurdufan
Struggles erupt in the border area towards South Sudan. South Sudanese troops
are reported to cross the border into the Heglig district. Conflicts are also
reported to be ongoing between the Sudanese government and the banned guerrilla
SPLM-N around the city of Taludi in the same state.
Minister suspected of war crimes
The ICC issues an arrest warrant for Sudan's Defense Minister Abdelrahim
Mohammed Hussein, who is suspected of 20 cases of crimes against humanity and 21
cases of war crimes in Darfur.
Non-aggression pact is entered into
Sudan enters into a "non-aggression pact" with South Sudan, since
disagreement over the handling of neighboring oil threatens to lead to war. The
two governments promise to quickly try to resolve the many disputes that have
been put on ice in connection with South Sudan's Declaration of Independence.