Last week, protests broke out in Sudan after the government tripled the price of bread. The protests have continued into this week, with thousands participating in cities across the country. In Khartoum, protestors marched on the presidential palace, calling for President Omar al-Bashir’s resignation, and a coalition of union groups is insisting that a transitional government take his place. Nearly 40 people have been killed by security forces, and on Monday, doctors began a strike in solidarity with the protestors. Al-Bashir, who has been in power since 1989, has promised to answer protestors’ demands with more sweeping reforms, but he has made it clear that he intends to stay in his post.
Sudan is no stranger to civil unrest. Over the past 70 years, it has weathered two civil wars, and a third conflict resulted in its partition, hence South Sudan. But this time, it’s likely that certain regional powers – namely Turkey, Saudi Arabia, Iran and Egypt – are paying close att