Following its departure from the British Empire in 1956, Sudan experienced cultural and religious classes that led to ongoing civil war. While there have been periods of peace, establishing a democracy has proved difficult.
When Sudan left Britain and Egypt's governance in 1956, it was on the brink of civil war. By 1958 there was a military coup that sparked conflict, followed by another in 1969. In 1972, the government managed to establish a peace settlement which lasted until 1983, when the military attempted to impose Sharia law on non-Muslim citizens. Subsequent civil war outbreaks have arisen due to religious disagreements, as well as rebellions from military groups in some Sudanese regions.