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Sudan rebel alliance rejects governor appointments

April 20 - 2020 JUBA
El Hadi Idris, head of the SRF rebel alliance (SUNA)
El Hadi Idris, head of the SRF rebel alliance (SUNA)

The Presidential Council of the SRF held an emergency meeting on Sunday to discuss the issue of appointing a civilian governor for Khartoum state. The SRF continues to reject any appointments of governors until a peace agreement has been achieved.

Last Thursday, Prime Minister Abdallah Hamdok dismissed the military governor of Khartoum state, Lt Gen Ahmed Abdoun, for refusing to ban group prayers in Khartoum mosques during the three-week lockdown. Minister of Governance Yousef El Dei took over until a new governor will be appointed.

A few days before that, the SRF had announced that it does not agree with the appointment of civilian governors. The SRF called this “a violation of the Juba Declaration”, the roadmap for the peace talks that was signed by the Sudanese government and the armed rebel movements in September 2019.

In November 2019 the Sudanese government and the armed movements agreed that civilian governors were to be appointed after a peace accord had been reached. At that moment it was expected that a peace agreement would be reached in the beginning of 2020. At the end of February the Sudanese government proposed that ‘temporary civilian governors’ should be appointed “to fill the current, pressing administrative gap in the 18 Sudan states”. The SRF disagreed with that proposal at that time and now adheres to that position.

In a statement, the SRF yesterday renewed its demand for an acceleration of the negotiations to resolve all outstanding issues and reach a peace agreement before the new deadline of May 9.

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