♦ Sudan: This week’s news in brief ♦

A compact weekly digest of Dabanga Sudan’s news highlights from Darfur and Sudan

First cabinet meeting with PM Abdallah Hamdok, Khartoum, September 10, 2019 (Social media)

A compact weekly digest of Dabanga Sudan's news highlights from Darfur and Sudan


♦  Cabinet reshuffle: Six Sudanese ministers resign, one dismissed

July 10 – 2020 KHARTOUM Prime Minister Abdallah Hamdok dismissed Minister of Health Akram El Tom and accepted the resignation of six other ministers yesterday as part of a cabinet reshuffle. The ministers of Foreign Affairs, Finance, Energy, Agriculture, Transport, and Animal Resources submitted their resignations at the cabinet meeting yesterday. They will be temporarily replaced until the appointment of new ministers, as agreed during the peace negotiations between Khartoum and the rebel movements.

Hamdok said the decision to replace the ministers “came after a thorough and accurate evaluation of the performance of the executive body, in order to implement the tasks of the transitional period and respond to the rapid economic and social changes”.

The No Oppression against Women Initiative commented that despite the wide participation of women in the revolution, the representation of women at decision-making positions is still “weak and unsatisfactory”. The women activists will continue to cooperate with revolutionaries in the country “to support the transitional government to accomplish the goals of the Revolution”.

A comprehensive peace agreement with the two factions of the Sudan Revolutionary Front rebel alliance is scheduled to be signed in the South Sudanese capital of Juba on July 16.

The parties to the talks agreed to add three seats to the Sovereign Council in favour of rebel leaders. Four federal ministries will be allocated to the rebel groups as well.


♦  Sit-ins against insecurity spread from Darfur to rest of Sudan


Following an agreement between the leaders of the sit-in of Nierteti in Central Darfur and a delegation from the government in Khartoum earlier this week, protest vigils are also being staged in other parts of Darfur, in Khartoum, and in eastern Sudan’s Kassala and Port Sudan.

The Darfur actions (see video) carry similar demands to that of the sit-in of Nierteti, including protection of the agricultural season, the dismissal of corrupt officials affiliated with the former regime of Omar Al Bashir, and the return of the Rule of Law.

The sit-in in Nierteti that started on June 28, is continuing until the pledges made by the federal government delegation have been realised on the ground.

The protestors at the sit-in of Soba El Aradi in Khartoum demand the provision of drinking water, electricity, and improved health and educational services in the area.

In Kassala, demonstrators began a sit-in on Friday. They call for the dismissal of a number of officials, and development of the area.

Activists in Port Sudan, capital of Red Sea state, organised a vigil at the main bus station in the city, in support of the Nierteti protest. They further called on the authorities to play their role in restoring the Rule of Law and security in eastern Sudan.


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