At the heart of the disputes between civilians and the military, which led to the October 2021 coup, are the hundreds of Sudanese companies owned by the army and which remain an obscure maze in which public and private interests are intertwined.
The May agreement between the Misseriya and Ngok Dinka, rival communities in Abyei, a small oil-rich area located between Sudan and South Sudan, has several flaws. Yet Mohamed Hamdan Dagalo, aka Hemeti, remains more than happy about the situation.
The national dialogue, which is being overseen by the UN, IGAD and the African Union, has little credibility so long as the Forces of Freedom and Change (FFC) refuse to take part in it. Three FFC members agreed to meet the generals but have set conditions for taking part in the dialogue, which is currently stalled.
Sudan's interim leader is telling anyone who cares to listen that, five months after the resignation of Abdalla Hamdok, he wants to appoint a new prime minister. That would allow him to consolidate power by further destabilising the already bitterly divided political class.
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.