World: Revolving-Door Coup

The Sudan in midsummer is an oven of a land where temperatures soar to 120° day after day and tempers tend to get even hotter. Since he took power 26 months ago, Major General Jaafar Numeiry, 41, leader of the ruling Revolutionary Command Council, has faced eight attempted coups, most of them during the summer months. Last week members of the army elite that governs this equatorial nation of 15 million staged the most confusing hot-weather spectacular since it won independence from Britain 15 years ago. In the space of a few days, rebellious...

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