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August 21 - 2019 DABANGA SUDAN
After the signing of the political agreement in Khartoum, July 17, 2019 (SUNA)
After the signing of the political agreement in Khartoum, July 17, 2019 (SUNA)

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

Three-year transition to democracy begins

August 17 - 2019 KHARTOUM The final documents heralding the three-year transitional period for Sudan and galvanising the political agreement reached between the TMC and FFC and the Constitutional Declaration regarding the Transitional Authority were signed today at the Friendship Hall in the Sudanese capital Khartoum.

Deputy Chairman Lt Gen Mohamed Hamdan ‘Hemeti’ signed on behalf of the TMC, while Leading member Ahmed Rabee signed for the FFC. They were then joined by a list of foreign dignitaries.

The Sudanese Professionals Association (SPA) has called on the Sudanese to join the celebrations of the signing ceremony of the Constitutional Declaration today.

Chairman of the Transitional Military Council, Lt Gen Abdelfattah El Burhan, pointed out that “the Sudanese have proved through their glorious revolution that they are the inspiring to others,” and that “the December Revolution will remain preserved in the conscience of the world”.

Addressing the ceremony, the chairman of the African Union Commission, Moussa Faki said the final signing of the agreement would herald transitional change to democracy in Sudan. arrange for democratic transitional stage in Sudan that the deal would put an end to wars, disasters, and conflicts and the AU recognises the magnitude of the challenges the country faces.

Women's Union protests FFC nominees

August 18 - 2019 KHARTOUM The Sudanese Women's Union does not agree with the candidates for the Cabinet proposed by the Forces for Freedom and Change (FFC).
In response to the leaked FFC list of nominees for the ministerial posts, the executive committee of the Sudanese Women Union issued a statement on Friday in which it regrets the weak presence of women candidates for ministerial posts. 
The committee states that women have not been consulted during the selection of the candidates, and points to the Declaration for Freedom and Change that calls for an end to all forms of discrimination and oppressive practices against women.

After the Transitional Military Council (TMC) and the FFC agreed on the Constitutional Declaration that stipulates the way Sudan is to be governed during the coming 3-year interim period, African Union mediator Mohamed Lebatt expressed his concern that women may not be adequately represented in the new government.

The Constitutional Declaration set a 40 per cent quota for women participation in the Parliament. The Sovereign Council will consist of 11 members: Five from the military and five civilians. The 11th member will be civilian, to be selected by both the TMC and the FFC. One of the members will act as president. During the first 21 months the president will be from the military, to be followed by a civilian for 18 months.

Of the five candidates for the Sovereign Council proposed by the FFC, one of them is a woman.

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Formation of Sovereign Council postponed

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Al Jazeera Media Network to return to Sudan

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International community congratulates Sudan on power-sharing agreement

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