Eastern Sudan is still prey to strong divisions, which this week led to the resignation of the governor of Red Sea. This occurred on the eve of the national dialogue, which got underway on Wednesday under the auspices of the UN, AU and IGAD.
Conscious of the role that unrest in the east of the country played in the downfall of Prime Minister Abdalla Hamdok in late October, the deputy chairman of the sovereignty council, General Mohamed Hamdan Dagalo aka "Hemeti", last week set up an ad hoc special committee in the hope of finding a rapid solution to the eastern crisis.
The Russian defence ministry's International Cooperation Directorate is preparing a trip to Sudan in a bid to renew ties with Khartoum despite its relative isolation on the international scene. Regardless of the military takeover, Moscow is still hoping to establish a naval base in the Red Sea.
The tribal leader who instigated an uprising that precipitated General Abdel Fattah al-Burhan's coup d'état, is on the verge of joining the country's new Sovereignty Council. In exchange for his participation, he is demanding that al-Burhan renege on the part of the Juba peace agreement that concerns the east of the country.