Sudan’s civilian protesters have gained a form of political power that traditional elites have struggled to attain.
The Sudanese crisis is the culmination of three decades of contentious energy politics among rival elites.
The military takeover and arrest of activists may well bring Sudan’s divided opposition together.
Competing visions of Sudan’s future are coming to a head with the democratic aspirations of millions hanging in the balance.
Sudan’s new government came to power after a people-driven process to oust former President Omar al-Bashir. It must be careful to place ordinary Sudanese at the centre of the reforms process.
The transitional government has achieved a monumental milestone, but peace agreements in Sudan have been known to fall apart quickly.
Omar al-Bashir may be gone but Sudan still has a way to go before it enjoys a functioning democracy.