♦ This week’s news in brief ♦

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

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

Prime Minister Hamdouk presents new Sudanese government

September 6 – 2019 KHARTOUM Prime Minister Abdallah Hamdouk announced his transitional government yesterday evening at the Council of Ministers' Secretariat. Four of the 18 ministers are women: Foreign Affairs, Higher Education, Labour and Social Development, and Youth and Sports. As agreed in the deal between the Transitional Military Council and the Forces for Freedom and Change (FFC) the military could propose the Ministers of Defence and Interior. All the other ministers were proposed by the FFC.

Asked whether he trusts Hemeti, Hamdouk said: “We went through four to five months of deep negotiations. By the establishment of the Sovereign Council the military and the civilians are in a partnership. We will have to make it work. There is no other choice.

"Nobody is expecting it to be a fait accompli or easy. I will do it.”

Comparing the Arab spring in other countries, the Prime Minister remarked that Tunisia now is a democracy and has a multiparty system. “Libya and Syria went the other way. Egypt is somewhere in between. Sudan is different from all of them, because we have a very vibrant, rich political history, and political class. We have well entrenched, resilient political parties. That makes it different from all the other countries.”

Darfur women still abused, sexually assaulted, harassed and killed

September 6 – 2019 KHARTOUM Women in Darfur continue to be abused, sexually assaulted, harassed and killed, social researcher Ibtihal Ishag claims. She calls for concerted efforts to achieve a just and comprehensive peace in Darfur and the whole of Sudan.

The regime of President Omar Al Bashir destroyed the social fabric in Darfur, just to strengthen its own position and presence, Ibtihal Ishag said during a press conference about violence against Darfur women, organised by the Sudanese Women's Union in Khartoum on Wednesday evening.

She called for individual compensation for those affected, removal of the causes of displacement, and inclusion of the Addis Ababa Agreement in the Constitutional Document.

The Darfur Women Group has members in all the five states of Darfur. It aims to seek peace and security in all war zones in Sudan, as well as promoting political participation of women at all levels.

Ibtihal Ishag explained that the group seeks to reclaim the rights of women living in camps for displaced persons, stressing the need to address the issues of Darfur women within the framework of the overall issues of women in Sudan.

More news from Radio Dabanga:

Former Darfur janjaweed leader Hilal faces court martial in capital
September 10 – 2019 KHARTOUM / MISTERIYA A military court in Khartoum resumed proceedings on Tuesday to try former janjaweed leader Musa…

Hemeti holds talks with rebels in Juba
September 10 – 2019 JUBA Member of Sudan’s Sovereign Council and commander of the Rapid Support Forces (RSF) militia, Lt Gen Mohamed Hamdan…

Professionals Association conditionally supports new Cabinet
September 10 – 2019 KHARTOUM The Sudanese Professionals Association (SPA), a major force behind the Sudanese popular uprising that led to the…

Egypt to push for Sudan’s removal from US terror list
September 10 – 2019 KHARTOUM Egyptian Foreign Minister Sameh Shoukry said on Monday that Cairo is exerting efforts to remove Sudan from the US…

Sovereign Council member Rajaa Abdelmaseeh: ‘This is not the time for reconciliation with wrongdoers’
September 8 – 2019 KHARTOUM Those who have committed wrongdoings during the former Sudanese regime must be sanctioned and punished…

UN meeting in Khartoum on how best to support the government
September 7 – 2019 KHARTOUM Prime Minister Abdallah Hamdouk, today delivered a key note speech at the opening session of the UN Coordination Meeting…

SPLM North U-turn on negotiations with government
September 7 – 2019 JUBA The SPLM North (SPLM-N) faction headed by Abdelaziz El Hilu, has decided to enter into negotiations with the Sudanese…

North Darfur academics protest RSF homes near campus
September 5 – 2019 EL FASHER / KUTUM On Wednesday, dozens of professors and staff at the University of El Fasher staged a protest in front of the university…

Sit-in against toxic mining
September 5 – 2019 SOUTH KORDOFAN The open sit-in of residents of Kalogi has entered its second consecutive day in protest against the work of mining…

Demos, rallies, strikes across Sudan
September 5 – 2019 KHARTOUM / KASSALA / KOSTI / PORT SUDAN On Wednesday, demonstrations, rallies, and strikes continued in Khartoum and elsewhere…

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