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Sudanese president extends DRA’s term for one year

Jun 28 2015
Sudan
Source: 
Sudan Tribune

The Sudanese president Omer Hassan al-Bashir Sunday has issued a presidential decree extending the term of the Darfur Regional Authority (DRA) for one year effective 15 July, 2015.

The DRA was established to serve as the major body for implementing the Doha Document for Peace in Darfur (DDPD) signed between the government of Sudan and the former rebel Liberation and Justice Movement (LJM) in 2011.

ICC judges refer to UNSC Sudan’s non-cooperation on case of ex-defense minister

Jun 27 2015
Sudan
Source: 
Sudan Tribune

 The Pre-Trial Chamber II judges at the International Criminal Court (ICC) approved a request by the prosecutor and issued a finding of non-cooperation by Sudan in extraditing former defense minister Abdel-Rahim Mohamed Hussein who is now governor of Khartoum.

Hussein was indicted in March 2012 for charges of crimes against humanity and war crimes in connection with the Darfur conflict.

Opposition’s JPF resumes participation in Sudan’s dialogue process

Jun 26 2015
Sudan
Source: 
Sudan Tribune

The opposition Just Peace Forum (JPF) led al-Tayeb Mustafa announced the resumption of its participation in the national dialogue process without preconditions.

Last January, the JPF and the Reform Now Movement (RNM) of Ghazi Salah Eddin al-Attabani said they decided to “suspend participation in the national dialogue until the requirements of a conducive environment (...) are met”.

Sudanese journalists scoff at Bashir’s declaration of June 26 as National Media Day

Jun 25 2015
Sudan
Source: 
Sudan Tribune

 Sudanese journalists on social media sites expressed surprise at a presidential decree issued by President Omer Hassan al-Bashir on Thursday declaring June 26 of each year as the National Media Day which coincides with the International Day in Support of Victims of Torture and the International Day against Drug Abuse and Illicit Trafficking.

According to decree the minister of Information Ahmed Bilal Osman will deliver a speech on Friday during the celebration.

Sudan’s ruling party in discussion with Darfur NLJP over government participation

Jun 24 2015
Sudan
Source: 
Sudan Tribune

The ruling National Congress Party (NCP) is conducting discussions with the National Liberation and Justice Party (NLJP) former Darfurian rebel faction to reintegrate the federal government after suspending its participation .

On 17 June, the NLJP of Tijani al-Sissi decided to suspend its political partnership with the (NCP) and to withdraw from the government. The former rebel group accused the ruling party of not honouring a political agreement between the two parties.

Fur tribe elects new Sultan in Darfur

Jun 23 2015
Sudan
Source: 
Dabanga Sudan

The Shura and Notables' councils of the Sudanese Fur tribe have chosen Ahmed Hussein Ayoub Ali Dinar as the Sultan for the whole tribe. 

The elected Sultan Ali Dinar has renewed his commitment to communicate with -besides the large Fur tribe- all the tribes in Darfur, to resolve all social issues. At the event on Sunday, he announced that he wants to work with various native administrations to achieve security and stability in all parts of Darfur.

Two women elected deputy speakers of Sudan’s parliament

Jun 22 2015
Sudan
Source: 
Sudan Tribune

Two ladies have been approved by the parliamentary bloc of the Sudan’s ruling National Congress Party (NCP) to serve as deputy speaker for the parliament.

Badria Suleiman from the NCP and A’isha Mohamed Ahmed from the Democratic Unionist Party (DUP) led by Mohamed Osman al-Merghani will hold the post for the first time in Sudan’s history.

Suleiman is a well known legal advisor who participated in the drafting of the recent constitutional amendments. She also headed the committee which was tasked last week with amending the National Assembly’s regulations.

Sudan’s RNM denies it is returning to national dialogue

Jun 21 2015
Sudan
Source: 
Sudan Tribune

The Reform Now Movement (RNM) led by Ghazi Salah al-Din Attabani said its return to the government-led national dialogue is contingent upon implementation of its conditions.

Last January, the RNM suspended its participation in the national dialogue mechanism to protest the refusal of the ruling National Congress Party (NCP) to implement a number of measures related to the creation of a conducive environment for the process.

Sudan’s Bashir leaves South Africa as local court orders his arrest pending transfer to ICC

Jun 15 2015
Sudan
Source: 
Sudan Tribune

The Sudanese president Omer Hassan al-Bashir left South Africa few hours before judges at the High Court handed down a decision ordering his arrest and rapping the government for what it described as a violation of the constitution.

"The respondents are forthwith compelled to take all reasonable steps to arrest President Bashir ... and detain him pending a formal request for his surrender from the International Criminal Court," presiding Judge Dunstan Mlambo was quoted as saying by local South African media.

Bashir returns to Sudan to an official and popular reception

Jun 15 2015
Sudan
Source: 
Sudan Tribune

The Sudanese president Omer al-Bashir has been received by senior government officials and hundreds of supporters upon his return from South Africa on Monday evening where he participated in the 25th African Union summit.

Bashir left South Africa few hours before judges at the High Court handed down a decision ordering his arrest.

He arrived in Pertoria Saturday, defying two arrest warrants issued by the International Criminal Court (ICC) against him for war crimes and genocide in Darfur region in March 2009 and July 2010.

Sudanese opposition launches a campaign to stop the war

Jun 14 2015
Sudan
Source: 
Sudan Tribune

The opposition “Sudan Call” forces has launched Saturday the “Leave to Stop the War” campaign and called for immediate international intervention to stop aerial bombing on civilians and end the war in South Kordofan, Blue Nile and Darfur.

“Sudan Call” forces include the rebel umbrella Sudan Revolutionary Front (SRF), National Umma Party (NUP) and the opposition alliance of the National Consensus Forces (NCF).

ICC judges reject South Africa’s argument against arresting Sudanese president

Jun 14 2015
Sudan
Source: 
Sudan Tribune

The judges of the International Criminal Court (ICC) issued an urgent decision on Saturday by which it asserted that South Africa is under the obligation to arrest and surrender Sudanese president Omer Hassan al-Bashir who has arrived on Saturday in Pretoria to attend the 25th ordinary session of the African Union (AU).

Bashir was indicted by the International Criminal Court (ICC) in 2009 over alleged war crimes and crimes against humanity during the Darfur conflict. As a result his overseas travel has been restricted to friendly nations ever since.

Sudanese security reinstates four suspended newspapers after ‘apology’

Jun 11 2015
Sudan
Source: 
Sudan Tribune

 The National Intelligence and Security Services (NISS) allowed four newspapers to resume publication after making a written apology for publishing what was described as stories that are harmful to the society’s security and values.

Last month, the NISS suspended al-Intibaha, Akhir Lahza, al-Jareeda and al-Khartoum newspapers indefinitely without reasons.

Sudan’s opposition alliance criticizes presidential assistant

Jun 10 2015
Sudan
Source: 
Sudan Tribune

Sudan’s opposition alliance of the National Consensus Forces (NCF) has harshly attacked the first presidential assistant and head of the organizational sector at the Democratic Unionist Party (DUP), al-Hassan al-Merghani for belittling the opposition.

The Sudan Media Center (SMC), which has close links to the Sudan’s security services, on Tuesday, quoted al-Merghani as saying there is nothing left from the opposition alliance “but the name".

The son of the DUP’s leader also criticized the external moves of the NCF leaders, describing it as “desperate attempts”.

Sudanese opposition leaders barred from travelling to Strasbourg

Jun 08 2015
Sudan
Source: 
Dabanga Sudan

Security officers prevented opposition leaders from travelling to France today. They were invited to participate in the European Parliament hearing on Sudan in Strasbourg, scheduled to take place on Tuesday.

The passports of seven opposition leaders, including Maryam El Sadig El Mahdi and Mohamed Abdallah El Doma, co vice-presidents of the National Umma Party (NUP), Siddig Yousef, senior member of Sudanese Communist Party, and Fathi Nuri of the Baath Party, were taken from them at Khartoum Airport early this (Monday) morning.

Sudan’s opposition forces, Darfur displaced denounce new cabinet

Jun 08 2015
Sudan
Source: 
Dabanga Sudan

According to Sudanese opposition forces and displaced leaders in Darfur, the appointment of the new cabinet members, presidential assistants and state governors by President Omar Al Bashir on Saturday, only means a reshuffle of the same officials.

The chairman of the Sudan Revolutionary Front rebel alliance, and leader of the Sudan People’s Liberation Movement-North, Malik Agar, commented to Radio Dabanga by saying that the formation of Al Bashir’s new government turned out to be a transferral of the same persons to other locations.

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