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23 May 2014

Sudan scoffs at rumours of a deterioration in Bashir’s health

The Sudanese president Omer Hassan al-Bashir on Thursday received his first vice-president Bakri Hassan Saleh and his assistant Ibrahim Ghandour in two separate meetings. Sudan Tribune

No date yet determined for next round of talks on Sudan’s Two Areas: top negotiator

Sudanese presidential assistant and government chief negotiator Ibrahim Ghandour said Thursday they did not receive the date of the upcoming round of talks with the Sudan People’s Liberation Movement North (SPLM-N) but reiterated their readiness to negotiate with the rebels. Sudan Tribune

                                                                                                   

16 May 2014

Sudan’s NUP suspends participation in national dialogue following al-Mahdi’s arrest

The National Umma Party (NUP) today announced that it has suspended its participation in the national dialogue process and called for mobilization following the arrest of its leader al-Sadiq al-Mahdi by Sudanese security. Sudan Tribune

AU  mediator meets with Sudanese political aprties to push forward national dialogue

The head of the African Union High Level Implementation Panel (AUHIP), Thabo Mbeki, held intensive meetings with government officials, opposition leaders, and civil society organizations in Khartoum on Saturday in order to push forward the national dialogue. Sudan Tribune

Sudan talking down death sentence against woman accused of apostasy

Sudan’s parliament speaker, al-Fatih Izz Al-Din, has downplayed the death sentence against a Christian woman accused of apostasy saying it is a preliminary ruling which could be appealed in the various stages of the judicial process. Sudan Tribune

                                                                                                   

9 May 2014

Sudan’s NCP slams Baath, Communist parties over national dialogue stance

The ruling National Congress Party (NCP) on Thursday accused the Sudanese Communist Party (SCP) and the Baath Party of trying to block the national dialogue process called for by president Omer Hassan al-Bashir earlier this year. Sudan Tribune

Sudan’s Bashir pledges support to CAR efforts for peace

President Omer Hassan al-Bashir expressed Sudan’s readiness to support the national reconciliation and dialogue process that the transitional government plans to hold in the neighbouring Central African Republic (CAR). Sudan Tribune

                                                                                                   

6 May 2014

Sudan’s NUP appoints first female Secretary General

The National Umma Party (NUP) voted on Friday to appoint the head of the party’s Political Secretariat, Sara Nugdalla, as its next secretary-general. Sudan Tribune

Sudan accused Uganda of harbouring rebel groups

The Sudanese government has accused Uganda of supporting and harbouring the rebel alliance of the Sudan Revolutionary Front (SRF) and says it has continued to interfere in the country’s internal affairs since president Yoweri Museveni assumed power. Sudan Tribune

                                                                                                   

25 April 2014

Sudan condemns Bentiu atrocities, accuses Juba of using Darfur rebels

The Sudanese government has denounced the killing of Sudanese nationals after South Sudanese rebels took control of Unity state capital Bentiu earlier this month. Sudan Tribune

Sudan expects to increase oil production by the end of this year

Sudan’s minister of oil, Makkawi Mohamed Awad, has announced that the Sufian oilfield in Block 6, which falls under the concession of Petro-Energy Operating Company (PEOC), will become functional by the end of this year. Sudan Tribune

                                                                                                   

20 April 2014

Sudan courts German investors

Violence and sanctions have taken their toll on Sudan’s image among European investors. Many don’t want to do business with Khartoum. Now Sudan is trying to change that and is particularly looking towards Germany

Deutsche Welle

Sudanese opposition reiterates calls for overthrowing Bashir regime

The chairman of the National Consensus Forces (NCF), Farouk Abu Issa, has reiterated the determination of the opposition alliance to overthrow the government, underscoring they wouldn’t engage in a dialogue that doesn’t lead to dismantling the regime and restoring democracy.

Sudan Tribune

                                                                                                   

11 April 2014

Interview: UN alarmed by growing violence and displacement

The United Nations has concern over the escalation of violence in Sudan’s western region of Darfur and its impact on civilians and relief efforts.

In an interview with Sudan Tribune, the UN resident coordinator and humanitarian coordinator in Sudan, Ali al-Zaatari, said the killings in Darfur must be stopped, describing the situation there as “too troubled”. Sudan Tribune

Bashir issues decree allowing political parties greater freedoms

The Sudanese president Omer Hassan al-Bashir has issued a presidential decree on Wednesday allowing political parties to carry out their activities and hold public meetings and seminars, as well as giving them equal access to state media. Sudan Tribune 

Sudan expels UN agency chief

Pamela DeLargy, head of UN’s Population Fund office in Khartoum, asked to leave for “failing to abide by nation’s laws”.  Al Jazeera

                                                                                                   

3 April 2014

Sudan receives $1bn deposit from Qatar

At the end of a one-day visit of Qatar’s Emir, Tamim bin Hamad Al-Thani to Khartoum on Wednesday, Sudan announced receiving a $1 billion central bank deposit from the rich Gulf state.

Sudan Tribune

Sudan, Qatar to speed up efforts to reach peace in Darfur

Sudan and Qatar on Wednesday agreed to speed up efforts to reach peace in Darfur region, urging armed movements to join the Doha Document for Peace in Darfur.

Shangai Daily

Darfur rebels accuse Sudan’s Vice-President of supervising  militias

The Justice and Equality Movement (JEM) has accused Sudan’s Second Vice-President of leading a campaign to mobilise tribes in Darfur.

In a statement released today (Tuesday) JEM said that the Khartoum regime is still recruiting tribesmen in Darfur. The mobilisation campaign, under the supervision of Second Vice-President, Hassabo Mohamed Abdel Rahman, is carried out “on an ethnic basis”, and targets particular Darfuri communities “on the same ethnic basis”.

Radio Dabanga

                                                                                                   

28 March 2014

Overcome ‘Darfur fatigue’ and take action in Sudan

Remember Darfur? The conflict-laden region in western Sudan that gave rise to the first genocide indictment by the International Criminal Court (ICC), inspired popular advocacy campaigns, and garnered celebrity attention from the likes of George Clooney and Don Cheadle? Heard anything about it recently? Probably not much.

The Globe and Mail

Growing restrictions on aid workers in Sudan’s Darfur: UN 

Aid workers in many parts of Sudan’s Darfur face increasing government restrictions on their movement despite a soaring number of people needing help after recent violence, a senior UN official said Wednesday.

Ahram Online

Bashir accuses some ‘parties’ of igniting Sudan strife

Sudanese President Omar al-Bashir on Tuesday accused some “parties” of seeking to ignite strife in Sudan.

“Sudan’s people are facing a malicious campaign to ignite strife and wars in Sudan with the aim of imposing an unjust blockade on the country,” al-Bashir told the evening session of the 25th Arab summit in Kuwait.

Turkish Press

                                                                                                   

21 March 2014

Sudan’s ruling party warns against attempts to break the law

The ruling National Congress Party (NCP) warned today against attempts to instigate lawlessness under the pretext of freedom and stressed that Sudan has more freedom available to its citizens than many other countries.

Sudan Tribune

Bashir could be “neutral” figure in national dialogue process: NCP

The ruling National Congress Party (NCP) said that its chairman president Omer Hassan al-Bashir could be a neutral figure in the dialogue between the NCP and opposition parties should all sides agree on him as an authority for the process.

Sudan Tribune

                                                                                                   

14 March 2014

Sudan’s NUP leader blasts government over Darfur crisis

The National Umma Party (NUP) leader al-Sadiq al-Mahdi criticized the government’s policies in the western region of Darfur saying it has worked to tear the social fabric and transforming the conflict from a local traditional one to a national and international issue which led to a deteriorating situation despite the conclusion of bilateral agreements with some armed factions.

Sudan Tribunal

 

Rebels claim capture of North Darfur’s Mellit

A Darfur rebel group claimed Thursday the capture of the strategic town of Mellit in North Darfur state, which is at 80km north to the state capital Al-Fasher.

The military spokesperson of the Sudan Liberation Movement – Minni Minnawi (SLM-MM) Adam Saleh Abakar, said the attack was carried out by a joint force composed of their fighters and those of a splinter faction of the Liberation and Justice Movement led by Ali Karbino.

Sudan Tribunal

                                                                                                   

7 March 2014

Darfur: Joint African Union- UN mediator continues efforts to facilitate lasting peace

The African Union-United Nations Joint Mediator for Darfur has wrapped up talks between the top African Union (AU) official and leaders of two of the region’s main rebel movements, encouraging the parties to overcome their misgivings and press ahead towards a comprehensive political accord, for the benefit of not only strife-ridden Darfur, but also for wider Sudan.

UN News Centre

Nabil Fahmy meets with South Sudan foreign minister 

Foreign Minister Nabil Fahmy met Saturday with his South Sudanese counterpart Barnaba Benjamin as the pair seek to expand economic ties and trade relations between the two African nations. The two sides also discussed attracting foreign investment at a crucial point during the two nations’ regional re-emergence.

Egypt Daily News

Sudan accuses US of double standards on  S. Darfur violence

The Sudanese foreign ministry accused the international community of adopting double standards on the recent violence in South Darfur, saying some western governments remained mum on rebel attacks and their continued efforts to hamper efforts to achieve peace.

Sudan Tribune

                                                                                                   

21 February 2014

Sudan: UN rights expert urges Government to release reports on 2013 protests

Expressing “deep concern” that the Sudanese authorities have not yet issued their reports on last year’s oil subsidy demonstrations, a United Nations human rights expert today urged the Government to release its documents on the protests, which he said, resulted in killings, injuries, arrests and detentions, and destruction of property.

UN News Centre

Sudan FM criticises Egypt over Ethiopian dam dispute

Sudanese foreign minister Ali Karti has criticised Egypt for its handling of a dispute involving the construction of a massive dam project in Ethiopia, which it has vehemently opposed over concerns it could disrupt water flows from the Nile river. 

Sudan Tribune

                                                                                                   

13 February 2014

Officials Aid Sudan-Egypt Trafficking

Human Rights Watch alleges that Egyptian and Sudanese security forces colluded in the trafficking of Eritrean migrants.

Al Jazeera

SPLM-N to Propose Roadmap to End Sudan’s Humanitarian and Political Crises – Arman

The Sudan People’s Liberation Movement North-(SPLM-N) will present a road map to end the humanitarian crisis and achieve peace in Sudan, said the rebel chief negotiator Yasir Arman hours before the opening of talks on the conflict in the Two Areas brokered by the African Union.

AllAfrica.com

                                                                                                   

09 February 2014

Sudan Nominates Ex-official as New UN Ambassador

The Sudanese Foreign Ministry announced that has nominated its former Undersecretary Rahmatallah Mohammed Osman as its new ambassador to the United Nations to replace Dafalla al-Haj Ali.

Sudan Tribune

 

Prominent Sudanese Activist Ghazi Suleiman Dies Aged 70

Suleiman joined the Sudan People’s Liberation Movement (SPLM) led by the late John Garang and became an MP following the signing of the Comprehensive Peace Agreement (CPA) in 2005.

Sudan Tribune

                                                                                                   

03 February 2014

Egypt & Sudan to Deploy Troops on Borders: Party Chief

The head of the Egyptian al-Wafd Party Sayed al-Badawi revealed on Sunday that Cairo and Khartoum agreed to deploy joint military patrols on the borders to curb the arms smuggling.

Sudan Tribune

                                                                                                   

26 January 2014

Sudan’s DUP Calls upon Government and Opposition to Make Compromises

Hatem al-Sir Ali, the leading figure of the DUP, said that political forces should refrain from adopting exclusionary policies, saying that all sides must make concessions.

Sudan Tribune

 

Sudanese President to Meet Darfur Ex-rebels Over Peace Implementation Row

Omer al-Bashir will meet with the leader of the former rebel Justice and Equality Movement – Bashar (JEM-Bashar), Bakheit Abdallah Abdel-Karim (Dabajo), in a bid to resolve a conflict over the implementation of a peace deal they signed in Doha on 6 April 2013.

Sudan Tribune

                                                                                                   

SALO NEWS BRIEF – 20 January 2014

Over 20 Sudanese Soldiers Killed in North Darfur: SLM-AW Rebels

The SLM-AW military spokesperson, Mustafa Tambor, said in a statement issued on Wednesday they launched an attack on the Sudanese army base of Beesa near the town of Kabkabia in north Darfur.

Sudan Tribune

 

Sudan’s PCP Leading Figure Offers Rare Criticism of Turabi

 The leading figure at the opposition Popular Congress Party (PCP), al-Mahboub Abdel-Salam, has called for resignation of his party’s secretary general, Hassan Al-Turabi, holding him responsible for its ineffectiveness.

Sudan Tribune

                                                                                                   

SALO NEWS BRIEF – 13 January 2014

Sudan’s NCP May Delay 2015 Elections: Official

NCP member Hamid Sideeq made these remarks in reaction to statements by opposition parties threatening to boycott the next election as they demand a comprehensive conference to discuss regional conflicts and democratic reforms.

Sudan Tribune

                                                                                                   

SALO NEWS BRIEF – 6 January 2014

Sudanese President Appoints New Governor for Central Bank

President Omer Hassan al-Bashir issued a decree on Sunday appointing Abdel-Rahman Hassan as governor of the country’s Central Bank.

Sudan Tribune

 

Over 20 Sudanese soldiers Killed in North Darfur: SLM-AW Rebels

The rebel Sudan Liberation Movement led by Abdel-Wahid Al-Nur (SLM-AW)

issued a statement on 1 January admitting they launched an attack on the Sudanese army base of Beesa near the town of Kabkabia in north Darfur.

Sudan Tribune

                                                                                                   

SALO NEWS BRIEF – 15 December 2013

Sudan Rejects Former US Envoy’s Talk of Delaying 2015 Elections

The Sudanese government has dismissed suggestions by the former United States special envoy to Sudan Princeton Lyman that the general elections slated for 2015 should be delayed.

 

Former U.S. Special envoy Princeton Lyman

The Sudanese government has dismissed suggestions by the former United States special envoy to Sudan Princeton Lyman that the general elections slated for 2015 should be delayed.

Sudan Tribune

 

Sudan to Implement Comprehensive Reform Document: Officials

Sudan’s ruling National Congress Party (NCP) announced that it is currently developing comprehensive political reforms to fight corruption while continuing political and economic reforms.

Sudan Tribune

                                                                                                   

SALO NEWS BRIEF – 6 December 2013

Sudan’s Ruling Party Delays Approving Cabinet Reshuffle Amid Reports of VP Taha’s Departure

The leadership council of the ruling National Congress Party (NCP) in Sudan postponed the planned meeting to endorse the new cabinet formation until 7 December .There were conflicting explanations given for the rescheduling, but insiders have stated there were strong disagreements between NCP leaders over the upcoming government reshuffle.

Sudan Tribune

                                                                                                   

SALO NEWS BRIEF – 2 December 2013

Preserving Peace in the East

Eastern Sudan could turn into the next Darfur unless Khartoum addresses rising communal and separatist tensions, and shares wealth from resources more equitably, conflict-prevention NGO, the International Crisis Group (ICG), warned. Read the report here.

International Crisis Group

                                                                                                   

SALO NEWS BRIEF – 22 November 2013

Sudan’s Rebels Accused of Obstructing Peace and Regional Stability

Sudan’s First Vice President, Ali Osman Mohamed Taha, has accused the rebel groups of assassinating rebel leaders who incline to peace.

Sudan Tribune

 

Sudan and LJM Agree to Integrate Some 3,000 Former Combatants

Sudanese government and the former rebel Liberation and Justice Movement (LJM) signed a security agreement providing to integrate three thousands former rebels in the army and police forces.

Sudan Tribune


                                                                                                   

SALO NEWS BRIEF – 15 November 2013

 Sudan Opposition Coalition Rejects NUP Restructure Plan

The leaders of Sudan’s opposition umbrella organization, National Consensus Forces (NCF), have rejected conditions set by the National Umma Party (NUP) to sustain its membership in the coalition and decided to set up mechanisms for coordinating with the rebel Sudan Revolutionary Front (SRF) to topple the regime.

The Sudan Tribune

 

Sudan Feels the Heat from Fuel Protests

The country is still reeling from the killing of so many people who took to the streets in late September, angry at the removal of fuel subsidies. The government now admits that 87 people were killed, while activists and rights groups say the number was at least 200.

BBC

                                                                                                   

SALO NEWS BRIEF – 8 November 2013

SRF Rebels Seek France’s Support to Comprehensive Solution in Sudan

The leaders of Sudanese Revolutionary Front (SRF) announced from Paris they seek France and European support to bring Khartoum government to engage comprehensive negotiations for peace and democracy in Sudan.

The Sudan Tribune