Category: FRONT_PAGE_SECONDARY

Eritrea to discuss with Ethiopia troops’ withdrawal from disputed area: Afwerki

June 20, 2018 (ADDIS ABABA) – Eritrean President, Isaias Afwerki, Wednesday said he would send a delegation to discuss with the Ethiopian government ways to implement Algeria peace agreement over their disputed border.
The move comes two weeks after the announcement made by the Ethiopian government providing its full acceptance of the outcome of 2002 border commission ruling which awarded disputed area, including the town of Badme, to Eritrea.
This decision has been welcomed by the (…)


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U.S.-led TROIKA condemns clashes in Darfur’s Jebel Marra, calls for sanctions

June 19, 2018 (KHARTOUM) – The Troika countries have denounced the ongoing fighting between the Sudanese army and the rebel Sudan Liberation Movement -Abdel Wahid in Jebel Marra area of Darfur saying this “unnecessary violence” affects only the civilians.
Since last March, the two warring parties resumed clashes in different parts of the mountainous area. As a result of the government gradually began massing troops and intensified the fighting.
last week, a military source said the (…)


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HRW calls to ensure human rights monitoring in Darfur

June 19, 2018 (KHARTOUM) – Ahead of major decisions to further downsize the African Union-United Nations Mission in Darfur (UNAMID), Human Rights Watch (HRW) called on the UN Security Council to ensure that human rights monitoring is ensured in the whole region.
On 11 June, the Security Council was briefed on a report on the UNAMID strategic review providing to close the remaining 14 protection sites in Darfur and to concentrate its activities in the Greater Jebel Marra which will host (…)


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Conflicting reports about Sudan’s inflation rate

June 17, 2018 (KHARTOUM) – Sudan’s inflation rate has risen to 60,93% in May compared to 57,65 in April, reported the Central Bureau of Statistics (CBoS)
However, the director of the Troubled Currencies Programme at Johns Hopkins University Steve Hanke said Sudan’s annual inflation rate measured for 6/13/18, is 111%.
The government seeks to achieve an average inflation rate of 19,5% by the end of the 2018 fiscal year compared to 34,1% in 2017.
Earlier this year, the Sudanese pound (…)


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Sudan’s dialogue parties to take unified stance on elections law: PCP

June 17, 2018 (KHARTOUM) – The national dialogue parties would continue consultations to arrive at a joint position on the elections law ahead of its submission to the parliament, said the secretary general of the Popular Congress Party (PCP) Ali al-Haj Mohamed.
On 11 June, the Sudanese Council of Ministers approved the 2018 elections law amid objection of several political forces participating in the national dialogue.
Speaking to his party members on the occasion of the Eid al-Fitr on (…)


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Sudan security denies family visit to deported detainee

June 16, 2018 (KHARTOUM) – The family of a Sudanese activist detained by the security authorities expressed concern about his health as they have been denied a family visit to their son since his arrest at Khartoum airport after his expulsion from Saudi Arabia.
Hisham Ali who was arrested after his deportation from Saudi Arabia on Tuesday 29 May. He had been arrested in Jeddah in November 2017, in response to a request by the Sudanese security apparatus.
In a statement released on (…)


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Juba calls to hold Kiir-Machar meeting outside IGAD countries

June 16, 2018 (JUBA) – The South Sudanese government said it wants the face-to-face meeting between President Salva Kiir and his main rival Riek Machar to be outside the IGAD countries, saying there a sort of competition among the block’s countries to organize it.
Speaking to reporters on Friday, Information Minister Michael Makuei Lueth pointed to the multiple initiatives by Sudan, Kenya and Ethiopia to host a meeting between Kiir and Machar saying there are “competing interests” between (…)


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Kenyatta and Museveni support Kiir-Machar meeting in Khartoum: Sudan’s FM

June 15, 2018 (KHARTOUM) – Kenyan and Ugandan leaders expressed their support for Sudan’s initiative to convene a face-to-face summit in Khartoum between President Salva Kiir and his former First-Vice President turned rebel leader Riek Machar.
Sudanese Foreign Minister al-Dirdiri Ahmed travelled to Ethiopia, Kenya and Uganda to brief the leaders of the three countries about the initiative and sought their support as it is designed to support the IGAD mediation for peace in South Sudan.
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South Sudan oppositions accuses gov’t forces of fresh attacks in Wau

Jue 15, 2018 (JUBA) – The SPLM/A-IO Friday accused the South Sudanese army of attacking its positions in Wau State and called on the UN and regional bodies to investigate this violation of the ceasefire agreement of December 2017.
According to the SPLA-IO Deputy Military Spokesperson Lam Paul Gabriel, the attack occurred on 13th June, at around 5:00 am when the government forces hit the SPLA IO position in Bagaari area of Wau State.
“The SPLA IO forces of Div. 6 withdrew tactically to (…)


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Sudan’s security apparatus ban journalists from reporting

June 14, 2018 (KHARTOUM) – Sudanese security service Thursday enforced a new crackdown on journalists and the press as it withdrew the licence of a journalist reporting for a pan Arab newspaper and confiscated the entire print-runs of local newspapers.
Ahmed Younes, the correspondent of Asharq aA-Awast told Sudan Tribune that the National Intelligence and Security Services (NISS) withdrew his licence and stopped him from reporting to his London based newspaper.
He further said his (…)


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Sudan’s FM starts regional tour over Kiir-Machar meeting

June 13, 2018 (KHARTOUM) – Foreign Minister al-Dirdiri Mohamed Ahmed will start a regional tour to three IGAD countries to brief its leaders on a recent initiative for peace in South Sudan by President Omer al-Bashir.
The which includes Ethiopia, Kenya and Uganda aims to brief Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed Ali, President Uhuru Kenyatta and President Yoweri Museveni on a meeting between President Salva Kiir and his rival former First Vice President Riek Machar.
“SUNA learned that the tour aims (…)


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Sudanese pound continues to plunge against U.S. dollar

June 13, 2018 (KHARTOUM) – The price of the US dollar has increased in the black market in Khartoum on Tuesday, settling at 39,2 Sudanese pounds (SDG).
Traders speaking to Sudan Tribune Wednesday in central Khartoum said selling price of the US dollar settled at 39,2 pounds while purchase price reached 39,0 pounds compared to 38,0 at the beginning of this week.
They pointed out that the increase in the dollar price may be attributed to the decision of the Central Bank of Sudan (CBoS) to (…)


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Sudanese army, rebels resume fighting in Darfur’s Jebel Marra

June 12, 2018 (ZALINGEI) – On Tuesday, violent clashes broke out between Sudanese government forces and fighters of the Sudan Liberation Movement-Abdel Wahid al-Nur (SLM-AW) in the Central Darfur State, forcing thousands of civilians to flee their villages.
A Sudanese official told Sudan Tribune that SLM-AW fighters recently regained control of several positions in Jebel Kali and Badia areas, adding this development forced the Sudanese army to mobilize more than 2,000 troops including the (…)


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Sudan peace mediators delays visit to Khartoum: official

June 12, 2018 (KHARTOUM) – The Sudanese government on Tuesday said the African Union High Implementation Panel (AUHIP) has postponed a visit of the special envoy of the chief African Union mediator Thabo Mbeki to Khartoum.
Earlier this month, Sudan’s Presidential Envoy for Diplomatic Contact and Negotiation for Darfur Amin Hassan Omer said a delegation from the AUHIP would arrive in Khartoum on 4 June to discuss ways to resume peace talks.
However, Omer announced the AUHIP has delayed the (…)


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S. Sudan disowns Gai’s rejection of direct talks with Machar

June 11, 2018 (JUBA)- The South Sudanese presidency has dismissed as “fake” news report, which claimed the country’s first vice president, Taban Deng Gai in the coalition government proposed an initiative aimed at bringing together President Salva Kiir and his main political rival and leader of armed opposition faction, Riek Machar. Gai, reports widely circulated on social media indicated, protested to Kiir about his planned direct meeting with the rebel leader.
The letter, purportedly (…)


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Ex-South Sudan army chief demands President Kiir’s exit

June 11, 2018 (JUBA) – Paul Malong Awan former South Sudanese army chief of staff, said he is not interested in a position but the departure of President Salva Kiir from power, saying the latter has overstayed his worth.
According to a statement dated on 8 June 2018, Malong’s spokesperson said Kiir has failed his mandate and it was now time for him to relinquish the mantle of leadership to the people of South Sudan to decide who would be their next leader, instead of the government (…)


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Sudan’s parliament reinstates nationality to people of South Sudanese origin

June 10, 2018 (KHARTOUM) – The Sudanese parliament Sunday approved some amendments of the nationality law aimed to reinstate Sudanese citizenship to people of South Sudanese origin who were stripped of their nationality after South Sudan independence 2011.
Following the declaration of South Sudan independence, the Nationality Act of 1994 had been amended in a way to automatically revoke Sudanese nationality of any person who “has acquired, de jure or de facto, the nationality of South (…)


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Security Council to start discussions on third phase of UNAMID withdrawal

June 10, 2018 (KHARTOUM) – UN Security Council will start on Monday discussions on the mandate of the African Union-United Nations Mission in Darfur (UNAMID) as it is expected to reduce it again in the third phase of force reconfiguration.
According to its agenda for Monday 11 June, the Under-Secretary-General for Peacekeeping Operations Jean-Pierre Lacroix will brief the Council on the UNAMID n the strategic review. Also, the briefing will be followed by a closed-door consultations (…)


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