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KHARTOUM Sudan (Xinhua) -- Soldiers [left] on patrol at a rally in Khartoum, Sudan, on June 29, 2019. Large crowds [right] attend the same rally. Sudan’s Transitional Military Council (TMC) on Saturday had warned of the "presence of saboteurs and infiltrators with agenda of protests that the opposition forces intend to organize on Sunday." XINHUA PHOTO - MOHAMED KHIDIR

Sudan military council says it is ready to form civilian government

KHARTOUM Sudan (Xinhua) -- Sudan’s Transitional Military Council (TMC) said on Friday that it is ready to form a civilian government. "If the (opposition) Freedom and Change Alliance wants the formation of a government, then we are ready," said Abdel-Fatah Al-Burhan, the TMC chairman, during a meeting with local media representatives in the capital Khartoum.

"Selection of the candidates of the transitional government will be done via agreement of the alliance forces and the TMC," he added.

The TMC and the opposition alliance are currently studying a joint proposal presented through the African and Ethiopian mediation.

The proposal is reported to ask for formation of a sovereignty council of 15 members and a cabinet of 18 ministers in addition to delaying formation of the legislative council.

Mohamed Hamdan Daqlu, Sudan’s Transitional Military Council (TMC) deputy chairman | Coastweek

  The TMC is tasked with running Sudan’s affairs after the ouster of former President Omar al-Bashir on April 11.


Security Council extends
Darfur peacekeepers’
mandate by four months

UNITED NATIONS New York (Xinhua) -- The UN Security Council on Thursday voted to extend the mandate of the peacekeeping mission in Darfur of Sudan for four months and slow its drawdown.

Adopted unanimously by the council, Resolution 2479 rolls over the mandate of the United Nations-African Union Hybrid Operation in Darfur (UNAMID) until Oct. 31, 2019, instead of issuing a usual annual renewal.

KHARTOUM Sudan (Xinhua) -- Mohamed Hamdan Daqlu, Sudan’s Transitional Military Council (TMC) deputy chairman, addresses a rally in Khartoum, Sudan. XINHUA PHOTO - MOHAMED KHIDIR
The resolution also decides to extend, temporarily and exceptionally, the period of drawdown for UNAMID’s military personnel outlined in the resolution renewing the mission’s mandate about a year ago.

In July 2018, the council adopted Resolution 2429 to renew the mandate of UNAMID, which also stated the mission would exit in June 2020 "provided that there is no significant change in the security situation in Darfur and key indicators are fulfilled."

According to Security Council Report, a think tank following the UN’s most powerful body, Thursday’s technical rollover reflects the view among council members that the current evolving situation in Sudan and the significant political and security developments in recent months merit pausing the mission’s drawdown and reconfiguration.

On April 11, Sudanese President Omar al-Bashir was ousted by the military amid massive protests.

A Transitional Military Council (TMC) was subsequently formed to the country.

The TMC is currently in deadlock with the opposition group in their talks on the formation of a future transitional government.

After the adoption of the resolution Thursday, some delegates of the council members said the drawdown of UNAMID requires Sudan to have a legitimate government recognized by the international community.


One soldier killed, 29 injured in Sudan protests: spokesman

KHARTOUM Sudan (Xinhua) -- The Rapid Support Forces (RSF), which belongs to the Sudanese army, said on Tuesday that one of its soldiers was killed and 29 others injured during popular protests in Sudan on Sunday.

"The RSF is an apparent target," Jamal Jumma Adam, RSF’s spokesman, said at a press conference in the capital Khartoum.

There is a campaign against the RSF in many ways, including committing some crimes and putting on RSF uniform, he added.

"We have turned to legal procedures and opened 39 cases of impersonating RSF soldiers, forgery and blackmailing," Adam noted.

The RSF forces are disciplined and law-abiding, he said, adding maintaining the peaceful nature of the demonstrations would prevent material and human losses.

On Monday, Sudan’s Transitional Military Council (TMC) announced arrest of those who fired gun shots at regular forces and citizens during Sunday’s protests in Khartoum.

Undersecretary of Sudan’s Health Ministry Sulaiman Abdul Jabbar said in a statement that seven people were killed and 181 others injured in the protests across the country.

Tens of thousands of Sudanese citizens took to the streets in Khartoum and other cities on Sunday, in response to the call by the opposition Freedom and Change Alliance to pressurize the TMC to hand power to the civilians.

Sudan crisis not directly impacting South Sudan, but concerns remain: UN envoy

UNITED NATIONS New York (Xinhua) -- The UN envoy for South Sudan said Wednesday that while the political crisis in Sudan does not have a direct impact on South Sudan’s peace process, but concerns remain over its potential influence.

UN Secretary-General’s Special Representative for South Sudan David Shearer told a press conference that the unrest in Sudan and the removal of its former President Omar al-Bashir do not have a "direct impact in terms...of any instability," but in two key areas, "there is some concern of the instability in the north."

The pipeline that carries South Sudan’s oil export runs right through Sudan, and the export accounts for close to 90 percent of South Sudan’s income, "so that’s obviously of concern," he said.

In addition, as Sudan had been "instrumental" in bringing about the peace agreement for its southern neighbor’s warring parties last September, with the situation in Khartoum, "that element now is absent" in the ongoing South Sudanese peace process, said Shearer.

On April 11, Omar al-Bashir was removed from Sudanese presidency by the military amid massive protests.

A Transitional Military Council was subsequently formed to run Sudan.

South Sudan gained independence from Sudan in July 2011, but the country descended into civil war in late 2013.

A peace deal was signed in August 2015, but renewed violence broke out in the capital Juba in July 2016.

On Sept. 12, 2018, the Revitalized Agreement on the Resolution of the Conflict in the Republic of South Sudan was signed in the Ethiopian capital of Addis Ababa, which has led to relative calm in the country.

Trade between Sudan and South Sudan not affected by political crisis: official

JUBA South Sudan (Xinhua) -- Trade between South Sudan and its northern neighbor Sudan has not been affected by political events in Khartoum as goods continue to flow to Juba, an official said on Wednesday.

Simon Akuei Deng, secretary general of the South Sudan Chamber of Trade, Industry and Commerce said that trade was flowing smoothly across the border of the two countries despite ongoing political bickering between the ruling Transitional Military Council (TMC) and opposition parties over the structure of the transitional government.

"So far the conflict has not affected whatever has been coming into South Sudan because it is centered in Khartoum.

"The food that came from Sudan is already In Mangalla," Akuei told journalists in Juba.

South Sudan imports 90 percent of its food from neighboring Uganda, Sudan and Kenya.

This further has been boosted by the reopening of the border between the two Sudans in June 2018.

Juba also transports its crude oil that finances 95 percent of its fiscal budget through Port Sudan.

The UN recently estimated that 6.96 million South Sudanese will face acute levels of food insecurity by the end of July, according to the Integrated Food Security Phase Classification (IPC) update released by the government of South Sudan in collaboration with the UN agencies.

Akuei also acknowledged that despite the South Sudan currency gaining value against the U.S dollar, prices of goods remained high hitting hard the poor. South Sudan inflation hit double digits due to the five year old conflict reducing oil production in its northern oil fields.

"As much as our currency has been fluctuating for some reason, there is need to work with the current prices. Our people are suffering.

The purchasing power is very low while for some reasons some of the members of the private sector continue to increase prices even if the dollar is stable in the market," he said.

South Sudan is currently implementing the revitalized peace deal signed in September 2018 in Ethiopia to end about five years of conflict that killed tens of thousands and displaced over two million people.



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