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Sudan’s chance

The recent death of John Garang is a shocking setback to Sudan's peace process, but not a fatal one. The Bush administration deserves much of the credit for the peace deal signed in January, and if it keeps its nerve, can help preserve the peace with Garang's successor

By Alex De Waal   August 2005

For decades, “Sudan is never news” was the Africa correspondent’s rule of thumb. But Africa’s largest country has been consistently newsworthy. Sudan has been wracked by civil war since independence in 1956, as the southern third of the nation has resisted the depredations of the ruling military and commercial elite. The most intense war followed the June 1989 coup by Omer al Bashir, who overthrew an elected government and imprisoned all dissidents. His mentor and eminence grise, the Islamist theoretician Hassan al Turabi, declared his intent to create an Islamic state.

 

Sudan has also suffered repeated famine over the…

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