Briefing from ROAPE Volume 14 Number 38
1986 Elections in Sudan: Tradition, Ideology, Ethnicity & Class
The April 1986 elections for the Sudanese Constituent Assembly offers a snapshot of a nation in flux. The sixteen-year dictatorship of Gaafar Numeiri had left a legacy of economic ruin, social dislocation and political confusion. Analysis of the elections and their results gives an opportunity to examine this legacy and also the impact of modern Islamic revivalism on politics. First, however, some background on the role played by tradition, ethnicity, ideology and economic interests in modern Sudanese politics.