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A vigil in Port Sudan demanding an end to the tribal clashes (RD)

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

♦ Dozens injured as Port Sudan tribal fighting resurges

August 25 – 2019 PORT SUDAN On Friday, clashes erupted again in Port Sudan, capital of Red Sea state, between Beni Amer tribesman and displaced Nuba from South Kordofan. Dozens of people were injured and a number of houses went up in flames, journalist Amin Sinada reported to Radio Dabanga. Sinada strongly criticised the slow pace of the authorities in resolving the violent dispute, which, he said, started several months ago.

On Wednesday, a man was shot dead and 59 others were wounded during fierce fighting between the two sides. A number of houses were torched as well. The next day, army troops were deployed after fighting flared up again that morning. The acting governor of Red Sea state ordered a curfew in Port Sudan from 7 pm till 4 am on Thursday evening.

A delegation from Khartoum, headed by Lt Gen Shamseldin El Kabashi and Hasan Sheikh, members of Sudan’s newly established Sovereign Council, arrived in Port Sudan on Thursday. In their meeting with leaders of the warring parties the same day, a truce was agreed on, until September 8. The parties also agreed on an investigation committee and compensation for the losses.

♦ El Degeir: Sudan opposition broke promise to rebel groups

August 25 – 2019 KHARTOUM Omar El Degeir, President of the Sudanese Congress Party, and leading member of the Forces for Freedom and Change (FFC) has acknowledged that allied opposition made a mistake when it did not prioritise the peace file over the Constitutional Declaration.

In a forum of El Tayar newspaper in Khartoum on Thursday, El Degeir said that the leaders of the FFC refused granting the Sudan Revolutionary Front (SRF, a coalition of armed movements) the posts of two members of the Sovereign Council on the ground that they rejected the idea of quotas.

Yet, when the FFC began its selection of five nominees for the Sovereign Council, they did use the criterion of quotas and proposed people representing the various regions of Sudan. The sixth nominee was selected on the basis of gender and religion.

In end July, SRF leaders met with a delegation of the FFC in the Ethiopian capital of Addis Ababa. The parties concluded their talks with the signing of the Addis Ababa Agreement. The full content of this deal has never been published. The rebel leaders complain that the agreement was not included in the Constitutional Declaration, signed by the FFC and the junta. They are at this moment not represented in the Sovereign Council that was installed on Monday.

More news from Radio Dabanga:

34 dead in Port Sudan tribal strife
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60 dead, 100+ injured by Sudan floods
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Sudan: Renewed call for more women in key roles
August 26 – 2019 KHARTOUM The Initiative of No To Women’s Oppression renewed its call for ensuring the inclusion of women in all institutions and…

National Umma Party presents vision on transitional period
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University of Khartoum suspends studies indefinitely
August 25 – 2019 KHARTOUM The management of the University of Khartoum has decided to suspend studies on all levels except post-graduate for an indefinite period. In a statement on Thursday, the Council of Deans pointed to the…

More rains expected in Sudan, Wad Ramli flooded
August 24 – 2019 KHARTOUM / WAD RAMLI Nile waters flooded the entire area of Wad Ramli in northern Khartoum on Thursday. OCHA reported…

67 North Darfur farmers dodge heavy gunfire
August 22 – 2019 NORTH DARFUR A group of at least 67 North Darfur farmers came under heavy fire from unidentified gunmen in the area of Abu Delek…

Sudan rebels take issue with Forces for Freedom and Change
August 22 – 2019 KHARTOUM The Sudan Revolutionary Front (SRF, a coalition of armed movements) launched a vociferous verbal attack on the Forces for Freedom and Change (FFC) at a press conference at the headquarters of…

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