By Tom Campbell | PUBLISHED: April 29, 2019 at 8:00 am | UPDATED: April 29, 2019 at 6:06 pm Omar al-Bashir, the tyrant who was president of Sudan for the last thirty years, was deposed two weeks ago. The governing military council has announced it sees no need for a restoration of civilian rule anytime soon. All the generals who now run Sudan were chosen by al-Bashir himself. Similarly, the thirty-year reign of Robert Mugabe in Zimbabwe seemed to end a year and a half ago. Mugabe was replaced by the vice president, a close political ally. Mugabe is living at home, safe from prosecution. Those who demonstrated in the streets of Zimbabwe’s capital, Harare, feel betrayed. The “new” government has been brutal in suppressing their demands for real, not cosmetic change. Al-Bashir directed massive human rights abuses in the Sudanese province of Darfur. Mugabe ordered thousands of arbitrary arrests, beatings, and killings in Zimbabwe. Each created a political and military apparatus during his thirty-year presidency which grew stronger to perpetuate each man in power the longer he stayed. Those military governments have now taken over from al-Bashir and Mugabe, with little actual change in behavior. It would have been much better if al-Bashir and… Read full this story
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