Sudan: 5 challenges may lead transitional regime to ‘dead end’: Sadiq Al-Mahdi

12 Oct 2019; MEMO: Leader of the Sudanese opposition National Umma Party, Sadiq Al-Mahdi, predicted that the transitional regime will face five “serious” challenges that may lead it to a “dead end”, describing the draft of the transitional emergency program of the government of Abdalla

Sudan closes borders with Libya, Central African Republic

KHARTOUM, Sept 27 (NNN-AFRICANEWS) — Sudan’s transitional government ordered the immediate closure of the nation’s borders with Libya and Central African Republic, citing security and economic “dangers”.

A statement on Thursday by the Sovereign Transitional Council said vehicles had been illegally crossing the borders with the two nations, which have both been mired in violence.

The council did not give further details about what the “dangers” were.

Sudan’s Prime Minister Orders Probe Into Protesters’ Killing

KHARTOUM, Sudan, Sept 23 (NNN-SUNA) – Sudan’s new prime minister has formed a committee, to probe an armed June crackdown on a weeks-long protest camp in Khartoum, that killed and wounded hundreds of demonstrators, state media reported.

Shortly before dawn on June 3, gunmen in military fatigues raided the sit-in, outside army headquarters in the capital, shooting and beating protesters in an operation that shocked international observers.

France to press to drop Sudan from US terror blacklist: FM Le Drian

KHARTOUM, Sept 17 (NNN-AGENCIES) — French Foreign Minister Jean-Yves Le Drian said that France will press to drop Sudan from the US blacklist of state sponsors of terrorism and to support efforts to reintegrate the country into the international community.

Le Drian was in Khartoum for a one-day visit on Monday, the first such trip to Sudan by France’s top diplomat in more than a decade.

His visit comes as the northeast African country transitions to civilian rule after decades of authoritarianism.

Sudan's ruling council, armed groups closer to reaching peace deal

KHARTOUM, Sept. 10 (Xinhua) -- Sudan's ruling Sovereign Council on Tuesday announced that it is closer to reaching a comprehensive peace deal with the armed groups during the talks in South Sudan's capital Juba.

"The two parties to Juba talks have agreed on most of the outstanding issues between them," said the council in a press release.

South Sudan is currently hosting talks between Sudan's Sovereign Council and leaders of armed groups in Sudan's Darfur, South Kordofan and Blue Nile regions, under a mediation initiative by South Sudan's President Salva Kiir Mayardit.

Ministers of Sudan's transitional cabinet sworn in

KHARTOUM, Sept. 8 (Xinhua) -- Ministers of Sudan's transitional cabinet on Sunday were sworn in before the Chairman of the Sovereign Council Abdel-Fattah Al-Burhan, according to Xinhua reporter in the capital Khartoum.

Altogether 18 ministers took the constitutional oath before Al-Burhan in the presence of the Prime Minister Abdalla Hamdok, while two ministers are expected to be appointed later for the Ministry of Infrastructure and Transport, and the Ministry of Livestock and Fisheries.

Sudan welcomes AU decision to lift its membership suspension

KHARTOUM, Sept 7 (NNN-Xinhua) — Sudan’s Foreign Ministry welcomed the decision by the African Union Peace and Security Council (AU-PSC) to lift suspension of Sudan’s membership at the African Union (AU).

“In the name of Sudan government and people, the foreign ministry warmly welcomes the AU-PSC’s decision to lift suspension of Sudan’s membership at the AU and end freezing its activities,” said the ministry in a statement.

The ministry further reiterated commitment of Sudan, as one the founders of the Organization of African Unity, to the AU’s overall goals.

Sudan’s Hamdok unveils new cabinet

KHARTOUM, Sept 6 (NNN-ANADOLU) — Sudan’s Prime Minister Abdullah Hamdok on Thursday announced there will be a new 20-member Cabinet for the transitional period, Anadolu Agency reported.

“We have taken a long time in consultations for the formation of the Cabinet as we need to address the geographical, gender and youth representation,” Hamdok told reporters .

He announced the names of 18 Cabinet ministers and said that there was a need to discuss the appointment of the ministers of the livestock, and the infrastructure and transportation.

Sudan's PM stresses importance of removing Sudan from U.S. terror list

KHARTOUM, Sept. 3 (Xinhua) -- Sudan's Prime Minister Abdalla Hamdok on Tuesday reiterated the importance of removing Sudan from the U.S. list of countries "sponsoring terrorism."

"Sudan must be removed from the list of countries sponsoring terrorism and we expect progress in this regard soon," said Hamdok when meeting with the visiting German Foreign Minister Heiko Maas.

"The economic challenge is big, but it can be tackled," said Hamdok, noting that "we need to address the deterioration in the exchange price, stop inflation and restore confidence in the banking sector."

Sudan’s ex-president Bashir charged with corruption, holding illicit foreign currency

1 Sep 2019; MEMO: A Sudanese judge on Saturday formally indicted Omar al-Bashir for possessing illicit foreign currency and corruption, charges the ousted leader challenged as he was publicly questioned for the first time since his overthrow, reported Reuters.

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