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Sudan appoints first female chief justice

Sudan’s Sovereign council has announced the appointment of the country’s first female chief justice. Supreme Court judge Neemat Abdulllah was picked to occupy the highest position in the Judiciary. She will be heading the country’s judicial system and overseeing the overhaul of the justice system. The appointment by the Sovereign Council, which is made up of civilian and military officials tells of the emerging reforms taking place in the north African nation. Many consider the move significant in dealing with issues of gender inequality in Sudan. The 11-member Sovereign Council…

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AU lifts suspension on Sudan after transitional government deal

The African Union (AU) has now lifted its suspension of Sudan’s membership after a transitional government was put in place. The new government brings an end to months of violence and chaos following the toppling of former leader, Omar al-Bashir. The AU suspended Sudan for three months after the military initially refused to hand over power to a civilian regime with 60 days. Following negotiations and dialogue, the civilian opposition and the military agreed to a new transitional government. The parties signed a three-year power-sharing deal in August. Sudan also…

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Sudan: Bashir charged with corruption during court hearing

Sudan’s ex-president, Omar al-Bashir was on Saturday charged with corruption by a Sudanese judge. Bashir was during the court proceedings formally indicted for possessing illicit foreign currency and corruption. The former leader has denied these charges and challenged them as well he was publicly questioned for the first time since his toppling. The source of Omar al-Bashir’s finances were revealed during the start of his trial last month. Prosecutors revealed that Mr. Bashir acknowledged receiving millions of dollars from Saudi Arabia. He is now facing a corruption trial months after…

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Sudan: State of emergency declared in Port Sudan

Sudan’s newly-created sovereign council has declared a state of emergency in the city of Port Sudan due to tribal clashes. Police say tribal clashes there have led to the death of at least 16 people. A statement from the police said clashes between members of the Beni Amer and Nuba tribes were re-ignited on Wednesday and continued into Saturday morning. Port Sudan is the capital city of eastern Red Sea state in Sudan. The acting governor and the head of the national security service for the state have both been…

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Sudan in dire need of $10 billion to rebuild economy

Sudan’s new prime minister has said that the country needs up to $10 billion in foreign aid to rebuild it’s economy. Abdalla Hamdok says the money will be needed over the next two years to help fix an economy that is almost collapsing. Hamdok was sworn in as prime minister on Wednesday. He has vowed to tackle conflict and build a stronger economy. As leader of the transitional government he has the task of restoring peace as well and helping to return the country to civilian rule. The renowned economist…

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South Sudan makes minor oil discovery

South Sudan said announced that it has made a small oil discovery in Northern Upper Nile State. This is the first time the country is making any form of oil discovery since independence in 2011. War and instability has largely affected exploration activities in the small country. The country’s oil minister, Awow Daniel Chuang said on Thursday that the new field is located in the Adar area of Northern Upper Nile State. The field according to Awow Daniel Chuang, contains 5.3 million barrels of recoverable oil and will be linked…

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Sudan’s new prime minister to tackle weak economy

Sudan’s new prime minister, Abdalla Hamdok who was sworn in on Wednesday has vowed to tackle conflict and build a stronger economy. As leader of the transitional government he has the task of restoring peace as well and helping to return the country to civilian rule. The renowned economist told journalists that “The revolution’s deep-rooted slogan, ‘freedom, peace and justice,’ will form the programme of the transitional period.” “The government’s top priorities are to stop the war, build sustainable peace, address the severe economic crisis and build a balanced foreign…

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Sudanese general sworn in as head of sovereign council

The leader of Sudan’s Transitional Military Council (TMC), Lt-Gen Abdel Fattah Abdelrahman Burhan, has now been sworn in as leader of the newly established sovereign council. Other ten members of the council are also to be sworn in later on Wednesday. The council replaces the Transitional Military Council that Burhan headed earlier. It is now the highest authority in the country but largely delegates executive powers to the cabinet of ministers. Lt-Gen Burhan will be in charge of the Sovereign Council for the first 21 months. A civilian will then…

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Sudan’s Omar Bashir got millions from Saudi Arabia

The source of Sudan’s ousted president Omar al-Bashir finances have been revealed during the start of his trial. On Monday prosecutors revealed that Mr. Bashir acknowledged receiving millions of dollars from Saudi Arabia. He is facing a corruption trial months after he was toppled in a coup carried out by the military. In court Bashir dressed in white attire listened to proceedings without commenting. He was seen through a metal cage. That was his first appearance in a Khartoum courtroom for his trial. Bashir has been charged with illicit possession…

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Sudan’s army and civilians sign power-sharing deal

Sudan’s military council and the opposition alliance have signed a major power-sharing deal in the capital Khartoum. The agreement signed on Saturday now ushers a country gripped by political crisis and violence into a new era. Hopefully the deal should eventually lead to a civilian rule when elections are held at the end of the transition period. There will be a new governing council made up of both civilians and generals and the task is to work towards elections within three years. The deal was signed by Mohamed Hamdan “Hemeti”…

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