Omar al-Bashir has declared a state of emergency and promoted an ally to placate protesters

Street protesters in Sudan pressing for a change of leader and regime achieved a remarkable turnaround last week – but not the sort they were hoping for.

President Omar al-Bashir, who seized power in a coup 30 years ago and has clung on tenaciously since, unexpectedly stood down as head of the ruling National Congress party (NCP). But rather than open the door to reform, as protesters demanded, Bashir gave power to a close ally – who, like him, has been charged by the international criminal court (ICC) with war crimes in Darfur.

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