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June 26 - 2019 DABANGA SUDAN
Ethiopian Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed walks alongside TMC spokesman Shamseldin Kabbashi upon his arrival to Khartoum, June 7, 2019 (file photo)
Ethiopian Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed walks alongside TMC spokesman Shamseldin Kabbashi upon his arrival to Khartoum, June 7, 2019 (file photo)

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

♦ Ethiopian mediator to hand over proposal for solving Sudan political crisis

June 21 - 2019 KHARTOUM Sudan’s Transitional Military Council (TMC) and the Alliance for Freedom and Change (AFC) are to receive proposals from the Ethiopian mediation to solve the current political crisis in the country. If both sides accept the proposal, they are expected to sign an earlier agreement on the formation of an interim civilian authority. A Sovereign Council of eight civilian and seven military members will rule the country, together with a new cabinet and parliament.

Sati El Haj, lawyer and member of the AFC negotiating team told Radio Dabanga that the disagreement between the junta and opposition “was not about percentages, but rather a conceptual dispute concerning the military's mission during the interim period. They are supposed to secure the country’s territory and borders, not to rule the country”. “The AFC conditions a civilian president and a civilian majority in the government. We have reported this vision to the Ethiopian prime minister during his visit to Khartoum earlier this month,” he said.

El Haj expressed his belief that the Ethiopian mediator has understood this. He expects to receive a positive response today, “despite the negative signals sent by the military junta that it has actually started exercising power. The junta will not be able to govern Sudan alone. Sudan is heading to civilian rule and will not be satisfied otherwise, we told the Ethiopian mediator.”

♦ Storm kills six in eastern Sudan’s Kassala

June 23 - 2019 KHASHM EL GIRBA At least six students died and more than 14 others were injuredin Khashm El Girba in Kassala as a result of a strong storm that hit the town on Thursday evening. Residents of the town told Radio Dabanga that storm caused the collapse of a building of a Koran School. The roof fell down on the students, leading to the instant death of six of them. Fourteen others sustained varying injuries. The heavy winds led to the collapse of a large number of houses and loss of property. Sources called on the authorities to provide accommodation for the victims.

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Hemeti says he wants peace talks with SPLM-N El Hilu and will release prisoners of war shortly

June 25 - 2019 KHARTOUM The deputy chairman of the Transitional Military Council and head of the High Committee for Negotiations with the Armed Movements, Lt Gen Mohamed Hamdan, better known as Hemeti, announced the imminent ...

TMC sharply criticised the Ethiopian mediators’ initiative on the future of Sudan

June 25 - 2019 KHARTOUM The Transitional Military Council sharply criticised the Ethiopian mediators’ initiative on a future government for Sudan, which was accepted by the Alliance for Freedom and Change. It also threatened to revoke the ...

El Mahdi questioned in case against leaders 1989 coup

June 24 - 2019 KHARTOUM The prosecution finished the questioning of El Sadig El Mahdi, president of the National Umma Party, and retired Lt Gen Mahdi Babu Nimer about the coup d'état in 1989. The case against the leaders of the former regime for orchestrating …

Demonstrations in Europe and the USA for democracy in Sudan

June 24 - 2019 EUROPE / USA / UTRECHT Sudanese residing in Europe and the USA demonstrated last weekend to condemn the actions of the military junta and demanded a hand-over of power to civilians. Demonstrations were held in European countries …

Demonstrations all over Sudan during the weekend, protestors hurt in El Obeid

June 24 - 2019 SUDAN Sudanese protestors held evening demonstrations and public speeches all over Sudan last weekend. They demanded civilian rule and wanted those who violently broke up the sit-in in front of the General Command in Khartoum on …

US State Department: Sudan should do more to combat human trafficking

June 23 - 2019 WASHINGTON DC The Sudanese government does not fully meet the minimum standards for the elimination of trafficking but is making significant efforts to do so, says the US Department of State in its 2019 Trafficking in Persons …

Sudan street protests continue despite presence of militiamen

June 23 - 2019 KHARTOUM / ATBARA / EL OBEID / SENNAR / WAD MADANI On Thursday and Friday, a number of protest rallies were launched in districts of the Sudanese capital, demanding freedom and a civilian government. On Friday …

Sudan’s Alliance for Freedom and Change meets AU commissioner

June 22 - 2019 ADDIS ABABA / KHARTOUM / BERLIN On Friday, a delegation of the Alliance for Freedom and Change arrived in the Ethiopian capital Addis Ababa to meet with members of the African Union Commission and African foreign ministers …

Sudan political crisis: IGAD calls for unified African mediation

June 21 - 2019 ADDIS ABABA The Intergovernmental Authority on Development (IGAD) will “assume a leading role to coordinate all efforts to bring sustainable peace in the Sudan”. In its 68th Extra-Ordinary Session held in the Ethiopian capital of Addis Ababa …

ICC Prosecutor Fatou Bensouda calls for transfer of Al Bashir to The Hague

June 19 - 2019 NEW YORK Prosecutor Fatou Bensouda of the International Criminal Court (ICC) presented her 29th report on the situation in Darfur to the Security Council of the United Nations today. She called on the Transitional Military Council …

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