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The roots of the conflict in Sudan

Intense fighting broke out in Sudan, while Ron DeSantis stalls in race for Republican presidential nomination

A three-day ceasefire has allowed some countries to evacuate their citizens from Sudan, where rival military factions have been fighting since 15 April. General Abdel Fattah al-Burhan, Sudan’s de facto leader, has long been in a bitter power struggle with Mohamed Hamdan Dagalo, his former deputy. Now, that struggle has become an open conflict.

Megan Gibson in London, Katie Stallard in Washington DC and Ido Vock in Berlin discuss Sudan’s recent history, the evacuation effort and where local and regional powers stand.

Next they turn to the US, where Ron DeSantis’s presumed bid for the presidency in 2024 appears to be falling apart. The team discuss DeSantis’s fading hopes of beating Donald Trump to the Republican presidential nomination, his stance on abortion rights and why Trump still looms large in American politics.

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Megan Gibson asks whether the UK should have seen the Sudan crisis coming

Katie Stallard on why Ron DeSantis’s campaign is already in trouble

Katie on the coming Republican civil war

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