Sudan Government Stats


Omar Hassan al-Bashir came to power in a military coup in 1989 and has ruled with an iron fist ever since.

Mr Bashir faces two international arrest warrants - issued by the International Criminal Court in The Hague - on charges of genocide, war crimes and crimes against humanity. The charges relate to the conflict in the western Darfur, where thousands of people died of violence, disease and displacement during the fighting between government and rebel forces.

He has dismissed the allegations and has continued to travel to countries which oppose the indictment.

Kenya - an ICC signatory - chose not to enforce the arrest warrant when Mr Bashir paid a visit to Nairobi in 2010, but in November 2011 a Kenyan high court judge ruled that he should be arrested if ever he set foot in the country again.

When Mr Bashir took power in the 1989 military coup against the elected government of Prime Minister Sadiq al-Mahdi he dissolved parliament, banned political parties and set up and chaired the Revolutionary Command Council for National Salvation, which ruled through a civilian government.

He formed an alliance with Hassan al-Turabi, the leader of the National lslamic Front, who became the regime's ideologue and is thought to be behind the introduction of Islamic Sharia law in the north in 1991. In 1993 Mr Bashir dissolved the Revolutionary Command for National Salvation, concentrating power in his own hands.

Mr Bashir was elected president in 1996. A new constitution was drawn up and some opposition activity was permitted.

But in late 1999 Mr Bashir dissolved parliament and declared a state of emergency after Mr Turabi tried to give parliament the power to remove the president and to reinstate the post of prime minister.

President Bashir won re-election in 2000. Supporters of his National Congress Party (NCP) filled parliament. The opposition boycotted the poll, accusing Mr Bashir of vote-rigging.

In April 2010 he won Sudan's first multi-party elections in 24 years. International observers criticised the election as falling short of international standards. Many opposition parties withdrew from the race, alleging widespread vote rigging and intimidation.

Simmering popular discontent over austerity measures - imposed in response to the fall in oil revenues after South Sudan became independent in 2011 - prompted a challenge to Mr Bashir's hold on power in 2013, when more than 30 dissident NCP members broke away and formed a new party, in what was seen as the most serious split in the leadership since Mr Bashir fell out with Hassan al-Turabi in 1999.

In December 2013, Mr Bashir responded to the calls for reform and the creation of the breakaway party by carrying out a major reshuffle of his cabinet, dropping long-serving loyalists such as Ali Osman Taha - a key figure ever since the 1989 coup - and bringing in some new faces.


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Administrative divisions 17 states (wilayat, singular - wilayah); Al Bahr al Ahmar (Red Sea), Al Jazira (Gezira), Al Khartoum (Khartoum), Al Qadarif (Gedaref), An Nil al Abyad (White Nile), An Nil al Azraq (Blue Nile), Ash Shimaliyya (Northern), Gharb Darfur (Western Darfur), Janub Darfur (Southern Darfur), Janub Kurdufan (Southern Kordofan), Kassala, Nahr an Nil (River Nile), Sharq Darfur (Eastern Darfur), Shimal Darfur (Northern Darfur), Shimal Kurdufan (Northern Kordofan), Sinnar, Wasat Darfur (Central Darfur) 2013
Capital city > Geographic coordinates 15 36 N, 32 32 E 2008
Capital city > Name Khartoum 2011
Constitution previous 1998; latest (interim) adopted 6 July 2005, effective 9 July 2005 2013
Diplomatic representation from the US > Mailing address P.O. Box 699, Kilo 10, Soba, Khartoum; APO AE 09829 2013
Executive branch > Cabinet Council of Ministers appointed by the president(formerly the National Islamic Front or NIF) dominates al-BASHIR's cabinet 2013
Executive branch > Head of government President Umar Hassan Ahmad al-BASHIR (since 16 October 1993) 2013
Government type Federal republic ruled by the National Congress Party the (NCP), which came to power by military coup in 1989; the CPA-mandated Government of National Unity, which since 2005 provided a percentage of leadership posts to the south Sudan-based Sudan People's Liberation Movement (SPLM), was disbanded following the secession of South Sudan. 2013
Judicial branch Constitutional Court of nine justices; National Supreme Court; National Courts of Appeal; other national courts; National Judicial Service Commission will undertake overall management of the National Judiciary 2012
Legal system Based on Islamic law 2014
Legislative branch bicameral National Legislature consists of a Council of States 2011
Political parties and leaders Democratic Unionist Party or DUP [Hatim al-SIR]
Democratic Unionist Party-Original or DUPO
Muslim Brotherhood or MB
National Congress Party or NCP [Umar Hassan al-BASHIR]
Popular Congress Party or PCP [Hassan al-TURABI]
Sudan People's Liberation Movement or SPLM
Sudan People's Liberation Movement for Democratic Change or SPLM-DC [Lam AKOL Ajawin]
Umma Party or UP
Umma Federal Party or UFP
Umma National Party or UNP
Umma Reform and Development Party or URDP
Umma Collective Leadership Party or UCLP
Political pressure groups and leaders Umma Party [SADIQ Siddiq al-Mahdi]
Popular Congress Party or PCP [Hassan al-TURABI]
Democratic Unionist Party [Muhammad Uthman al-MIRGHANI]
Darfur rebel groups including the Justice and Equality Movement or JEM [Jabril IBRAHIM and other factional leaders] and the Sudan Liberation Movement or SLM [various factional leaders]
Suffrage 17 years of age; universal 2013

SOURCES: CIA World Factbooks 18 December 2003 to 28 March 2011


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