THE SUDAN: First Blood

Flood Blood

A year ago when Lieut. General Ibrahim Abboud, 59, seized the premiership of the Sudan at the head of a military junta, he did not indulge in the Middle East's usual inaugural blood bath. Leaders of the old regime were neither jailed nor harmed. Two former Prime Ministers even got liberal pensions.

Last March a mutiny broke out. Two Sudanese brigadier generals marched on Khartoum with two battalions and kidnaped Abboud's No. 2 man, the Minister of the Interior. But Abboud, after hearing out the brigadiers' complaints, fired his Interior Minister and promoted the two officers to seats on...