Sudan a Joyful, Fragile Revival

After taking over, the new regime confronts a mountain of problems

Suddenly, Sudan seemed renewed. The change began with drum rolls and music on state-run Radio Omdurman, after which General Abdul Rahman Suwar al Dahab, the Defense Minister, proclaimed to the country, "The government is finished. The people stand united." Within minutes, the capital city of Khartoum, which had been in a state of paralysis, sprang to life. Drivers honked their horns, radios blared, and hundreds of thousands of people poured into the streets, cheering, chanting, dancing, embracing. Policemen smiled; children, shouting, rode on the tops and trunks of cars.

Only hours earlier, Khartoum (pop. 1.4 million) had been a ghost town....

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