Interview: Sudan's ruling general won't run in elections
NEW YORK — (AP) — Sudan’s ruling military general, who mounted a coup nearly a year ago, said he will not run in future elections for a civilian-led government but offered no timeline on when a vote might happen in order for him to relinquish power. Gen. Abdel-Fattah Burhan spoke with The Associated Press on Thursday on the sidelines of the U.N. General Assembly's high-level leaders' meeting. During the interview, Burhan said he wouldn't run in future elections. The ruling military leader blamed countries and institutions, which he did not name, for being behind Sudan’s deteriorating economic situation. Follow her on Twitter at http://twitter.com/ayaelb and for more AP coverage of the U.N. General Assembly, visit https://apnews.com/hub/united-nations-general-assemblyCopyright 2022 The Associated Press.wftv.com
AP Interview: Sudan ruling general won't run in elections
NEW YORK — (AP) — Sudan’s ruling military general, who mounted a coup nearly a year ago, said he will not run in future elections for a civilian-led government, but offered no timeline on when a vote might happen in order for him to relinquish power. During the interview, Burhan said he wouldn't run in future elections. “We are talking about political participation and widening that participation, whether that is Hamdok or someone else, this person will not succeed without a wide base to rule Sudan,” Burhan said. The ruling military leader blamed countries and institutions, which he did not name, for being behind Sudan’s deteriorating economic situation. There was much support from those external actors but regretfully this assistance seized for political purposes,” Burhan said.wftv.com
ICC prosecutor: UN should help deliver justice in Darfur
The chief prosecutor of the International Criminal Court is urging the U.N. Security Council to accelerate action to help deliver justice for thousands of people in Sudan’s western Darfur region, which was wracked by bloodshed in 2003washingtonpost.com
Sudan floods continue to tear up homes; 66 people killed
CAIRO — (AP) — Flash floods triggered by heavy rains continued to tear up homes across Sudan, an official said Tuesday, with the death toll rising to 66 since the start of the rainy season. Earlier this week, authorities had said that at least 50 people were killed since the rains started in June. The western Darfur region and the provinces of Nile River, White Nile, West Kordofan and South Kordofan were among the hardest hit, it said. Sudan’s rainy season usually starts in June and lasts until the end of September, with floods peaking in August and September. In 2020, authorities declared Sudan a natural disaster area and imposed a three-month state of emergency across the country after flooding and heavy rains killed around 100 people and inundated over 100,000 houses.wftv.com
Sudan official says death toll from tribal clashes at 65
CAIRO — (AP) — The death toll from days of tribal clashes in a southern Sudanese province climbed to at least 65 people, a senior health official said Sunday. The fighting between the Hausa and Birta ethnic groups in the Blue Nile province also injured around 150 others, said Gamal Nasser al-Sayed, the province’s health minister. Al-Sayed urged authorities in the capital of Khartoum to help airlift 15 seriously injured as hospitals in the Blue Nile lack advanced equipment and life-saving medicine. They also imposed a nightly curfew and banned gatherings in the towns of Roseires and Damazin, where the clashes took place. The fighting was the latest tribal violence to hit Sudan, which is in turmoil since the military took over in a coup in October.wftv.com
Talks to end Sudan crisis begin as anti-coup groups boycott
Talks aiming at ending Sudan’s ongoing political deadlock began Wednesday, the United Nations said, although the country’s main pro-democracy alliance is boycotting them over a continued police crackdown on those protesting last October’s military coupwashingtonpost.com
Alleged militia leader on trial at ICC's first Darfur trial
THE HAGUE, Netherlands — (AP) — An alleged leader of a feared Sudanese militia goes on trial Tuesday at the International Court on 31 counts of war crimes and crimes against humanity in the first case there to deal with atrocities by government-backed forces in the Darfur province nearly two decades ago. Up to 300,000 people were killed and 2.7 million were driven from their homes in Darfur over the years. Kushayb is suspected of crimes allegedly committed between August 2003 and at least April 2004 in Darfur including murder, torture, rape, persecution and attacking civilians. He will be asked to enter pleas to the charges as the trial opens Tuesday morning. The trial is "a long-awaited chance for victims and communities terrorized by the notorious janjaweed militia and government forces in Darfur to see a leader held to account,” said Elise Keppler, associate international justice director at Human Rights Watch.wftv.com
UN envoy: Sudan could face economic and security collapse
The U.N. envoy for Sudan says the east African nation is heading toward “an economic and security collapse” unless it addresses the political paralysis following October’s military coup and moves toward resuming a civilian-led transitionwashingtonpost.com
ICC prosecutor launches Ukraine war crimes investigation
The International Criminal Court prosecutor has launched an investigation that could target senior officials believed responsible for war crimes, crimes against humanity or genocide amid a rising civilian death toll and widespread destruction of property during Russia’s invasion of Ukraine.
In Sudan, ex-official detained ahead of anti-coup protests
The Unionist Alliance party said Mohammed al-Faki Suliman, former member of the ruling Sovereign Council, was detained Sunday in the capital of Khartoum. Also Sunday, security forces arrested two former members of the agency, according to a security official who spoke on condition of anonymity. The agency is known as The Committee to Dismantle the Regime of June 30, 1989, in reference the Islamist-backed military coup that brought al-Bashir to power. He was the latest of a series of former government officials and activists to be detained in recent weeks as military rulers stepped up crackdown on anti-coup groups. The detentions have intensified in recent weeks as Sudan plunged into further turmoil with near-daily street protests since the coup.wftv.com
UN experts: Darfur rebel groups make money in Libya
U.N. experts say rebel groups in Darfur that signed a peace agreement with the Sudanese government in 2020 continue to operate in Libya and profit from opportunities provided by the civil war and lack of government control in the oil-rich north African nation.
Sudanese take to the streets in latest anti-coup protests
Sudan People chant slogans during a anti-coup protests that have rocked the country since a military coup three months ago.in Khartoum, Sudan, Sunday, Jan. 30, 2022. Protesters, mostly young men and women, marched in the streets of Khartoum and other cities, demanding an end to the military’s takeover. The protests are called by the Sudanese Professionals Association and the Resistance Committees, which were the backbone of the uprising against al-Bashir and relentless anti-coup protests in the past three months. Footage circulated online showed people beating drums and chanting anti-coup slogans in the streets of Khartoum and its twin city Omdurman. There were also mass arrests of activists leading the anti-coup protests and allegations of sexual violence, including rape and gang rape, in a Dec. 19 protest in Khartoum, according to the U.N.wftv.com
EU denounces violence against anti-coup protesters in Sudan
The coup has upended Sudan’s transition to democratic rule after three decades of repression and international isolation under autocratic President Omar al-Bashir. Monday was one of the deadliest in Sudan since the coup. At least seven people, including as young as 19 years old, were shot dead, and around 100 were wounded, according to the Sudan Doctors Committee. The group, including the U.S., U.K. and other international governments and world financial institutions, is meant to support Sudan's transition to democratic rule. Support for political process needs to go along with active support to stop violence,” said Volker Perthes, the U.N. envoy for Sudan, in a tweet.wftv.com
Sudanese forces open fire on anti-coup protesters, killing 7
Sudan People chant slogans during a protest in Khartoum, Sudan, Monday, Jan. 17, 2022. (AP Photo/Marwan Ali) (Marwan Ali)CAIRO — (AP) — Sudanese security forces opened fire on protesters Monday, killing at least seven people and wounding around 100 others in the country's capital in one of the deadliest days since an October military coup, activists said. Hamdok, the civilian face of Sudan’s transitional government, resigned after his efforts to bridge the gap between the generals and the country’s pro-democracy movement failed. “I'm here today to resist the military coup," said protester Hamed al-Ser. The pro-democracy movement condemned Monday’s deadly shootings and called for a two-day civil disobedience campaign over the security forces' actions.wftv.com
Anti-coup protests in Sudan amid turmoil after PM resigns
Sudan People chant slogans during a protest to denounce the October 2021 military coup, in Khartoum, Sudan, Sunday, Jan. 2, 2022. Prime Minister Abdalla Hamdok was ousted in the October coup, only to be reinstated a month later following a deal with the military meant to calm tensions and anti-coup protests. Since then, Hamdok was unable to form a Cabinet amid relentless protests not only against the coup but also against his deal with the military. He called on the international community to pressure the Sudanese military to allow the establishing of a fully civilian government. The military, he said, would “protect the democratic transition" until Sudan is able to hold free and fair elections.wftv.com
Sudan pro-democracy groups call for mass anti-coup protests
Sudan People chant slogans during a protest to denounce the October 2021 military coup, in Khartoum, Sudan, Sunday, Jan. 2, 2022. (AP Photo/Marwan Ali) (Marwan Ali)CAIRO — (AP) — Sudanese pro-democracy groups called Tuesday for mass anti-coup protests as the country plunged further into turmoil following the resignation of the prime minister earlier this week. Prime Minister Abdalla Hamdok was ousted in a coup in October, only to be reinstated a month later following a deal with the military meant to calm tensions and anti-coup protests. Since then, Hamdok was unable to form his Cabinet amid relentless protests not only against the coup but also against his deal with the military. Authorities have closed major roads and streets in the capital of Khartoum and its twin city of Omdurman ahead of the protests, according to activists.wftv.com
Sudan group says one person killed in anti-coup protests
Sudan People take part in a protest against the October military takeover and a subsequent deal that reinstated Prime Minister Abdalla Hamdok but sidelined the movement in Khartoum, Sudan, Sunday, Dec. 25, 2021. Tens of thousands of Sudanese took to the streets in the capital, Khartoum, and elsewhere in the country Sunday. The Sudan Doctors Committee said a 28-year-old man was killed after he was shot in the chest during Sunday’s demonstrations in the East Nile area in Khartoum. The protests were one of the largest since the military took over on Oct. 25, removing Hamdok’s transitional government. At least 45 people were killed, and hundreds wounded in protests triggered by the coup, according to a tally by the Sudanese medical group.wftv.com
Mass anti-coup protests in Sudan mark uprising anniversary
The demonstrations mark the third anniversary of the uprising that eventually forced the military removal of longtime autocrat Omar al-Bashir and his Islamist government in April 2019. Protesters were seen waving the Sudanese flag and white ones with printed images of those killed in the uprising and ensuing protests. There were also protests in other cities including in Atbara, the birthplace of the uprising against al-Bashir. Addressing Sudanese late Saturday ahead of the protests, Hamdok said he stuck the Nov. 21 deal with the military mainly to prevent bloodshed. The continued protests since the coup have increased pressure on the military and Hamdok, who has yet to announce his Cabinet.wftv.com
Sudanese plan anti-coup protests on uprising anniversary
CAIRO — (AP) — Sudan’s pro-democracy movement has planned mass protests Sunday against an October military takeover and a subsequent deal that reinstated Prime Minister Abdalla Hamdok but sidelined the movement. The demonstrations mark the third anniversary of the uprising that eventually forced the military removal of longtime autocrat Omar al-Bashir and his Islamist government in April 2019. The October 25 coup has rattled the transition and led to relentless street protests. The protests were called by the pro-democracy movement that led the uprising against al-Bashir and stuck a power-sharing deal with the generals in the months that followed his ouster. The pro-democracy movement has insisted that power be handed over to a civilian government to lead the transition.wftv.com
Despite deal, Sudanese rally to demand military rulers leave
The rallies came just days after the military signed a power-sharing deal with the prime minister, after releasing him from house arrest and reinstating him as head of government. The deal came almost a month after the generals orchestrated a coup. The protests came just days after the military signed a new power-sharing deal with the prime minister, after releasing him from house arrest and reinstating him as head of government. The deal came almost a month after the generals orchestrated the takeover that deposed Prime Minister Abdalla Hamdok and detained dozens of politicians and activists. The deal that Hamdok signed with the military on Sunday envisions an independent, technocratic Cabinet to be led by the prime minister until new elections are held.wftv.com
Sudan military leaders reinstate deposed prime minister
Sudan Sudanese protest against the military coup that ousted government last month, in Khartoum, Sudan, Wednesday, Nov. 17, 2021. Prime Minister Abdalla Hamdok is currently under house arrest in the capital of Khartoum. (AP Photo/Marwan Ali) (Marwan Ali)CAIRO — (AP) — Sudan’s military and civilian leaders reached a deal to reinstate Prime Minister Abdalla Hamdok, who was deposed in a coup last month. According to the deal, signed Sunday, the military will also release government officials and politicians arrested since the Oct. 25 coup. CAIRO (AP) — A deal was reached between Sudan's military and civilian leaders to reinstate Prime Minister Abdalla Hamdok, who was deposed in a coup last month, military and government officials said Sunday.wftv.com
Officials: Sudan's military agrees to reinstate ousted PM
Sudan Sudanese protest against the military coup that ousted government last month, in Khartoum, Sudan, Wednesday, Nov. 17, 2021. He and more than 100 other government officials were detained during the coup. (AP Photo/Marwan Ali) (Marwan Ali)CAIRO — (AP) — Military and government officials say a deal has been reached between Sudan's military and civilian leaders to reinstate Prime Minister Abdalla Hamdok. The officials also said Sunday that government officials and politicians arrested since the Oct. 25 coup will be released as part of the deal between the military and political parties, including the largest Umma Party. The newly appointed sovereign council would meet later Sunday before announcing the deal, the officials said.wftv.com
Cash-strapped Sudan clears overdue payments to World Bank
The Sudanese government says it cleared all of its past-due repayments to the World Bank. Sudan's cabinet said in a statement Friday, March 26, 2021, that the repayments allow Sudan to resume normal relations with the World Bank after nearly 30 years of suspension. This development allows Sudan to resume normal relations with the World Bank after nearly 30 years of suspension, according to a statement released by Sudan's Cabinet. The World Bank said that by clearing its debts, Sudan will have access to nearly $2 billion in grants for poverty reduction and sustainable development. The Sudanese government said that it shall soon discuss with the World Bank the schedule for the disbursement of total grants of $2 billion over the next two years.
US urges Sudan to build an inclusive government for all
FILE - In this July 30, 2020 file photo, residents displaced from a surge of violent attacks squat on blankets and in hastily made tents in the village of Masteri in west Darfur, Sudan. (Mustafa Younes via AP, FIle)CAMEROON – The United States called on Sudan Tuesday to build an inclusive and representative government that ensures peace, supports people on the margins and helps “those who have suffered achieve justice.”U.S. Another major rebel group, the Sudan Liberation Movement-Army in the restive Darfur region, which is led by Abdel-Wahid Nour, rejects the transitional government and has not taken part in the talks. Volker Perthes, the new U.N. special envoy for Sudan and head of UNITAMS, said in his first briefing to the Security Council that “Sudan is making significant advances in its transition. However, the remaining challenges are staggering.”AdOn the plus side, he pointed to the new Cabinet including signatories of the Juba agreement, and the government's agreement on national priorities.
Sudan announces managed currency float to revive economy
FILE - In this July 24, 2011, file photo, Sudan's new currency sits behind a window at the central bank in Khartoum, Sudan. (AP Photo/Abd Raouf, File)CAIRO – Sudan announced a managed flotation of its currency on Sunday, in an unprecedented but expected step to meet a major demand by international financial institutions to help transitional authorities overhaul the battered economy. The Central Bank said its decision would help “normalization of ties with international and regional financial institutions and friendly countries to ensure the flow of grants and loans” into Sudan's economy. Sudan was also an international pariah after it was placed on the United States’ list of state sponsors of terror early in the 1990s. This largely excluded the country from the global economy and prevented it from receiving loans from international institutions like the IMF.
ICC officials in Sudan seek cooperation for Darfur justice
The ICC charged al-Bashir with war crimes and genocide for allegedly masterminding the campaign of attacks in Darfur. (AP Photo/Mohamed Abuamrain)CAIRO – Sudan’s justice minister met with officials from the International Criminal Court in the capital of Khartoum on Sunday to discuss cooperation with the tribunal in the trials related to the Darfur conflict, his office said. Justice Minister Nasredeen Abdulbari said Sudanese authorities are conducting “internal deliberations” over “the best ways of cooperation” with the ICC. The ICC charged al-Bashir with war crimes and genocide for allegedly masterminding the campaign of attacks in Darfur. Two other senior figures of al-Bashir’s rule accused by the ICC of war crimes and crimes against humanity also are under arrest in Khartoum.
Death toll from violence in Sudan's West Darfur rises to 83
CAIRO – The death toll from tribal violence between Arabs and non-Arabs in Sudan’s West Darfur province climbed to at least 83, including women and children, a doctor’s union and aid worker said, as sporadic violence continued Sunday. Besides the 83 killed, at least 160 others were wounded, according to Sudan’s doctors’ committee in West Darfur. It also puts into question the transitional government’s ability to stabilize the conflict-ravaged Darfur region. Authorities in West Darfur imposed a curfew beginning Saturday that includes the closing of all markets and a ban on public gatherings. West Darfur province experienced a “significant increase” of violence last year, with half of the 40 incidents reported in the entire Darfur region, OCHA said Sunday.
Sudan says it signs pact on normalizing ties with Israel
Justice Minister Nasredeen Abdulbari signed the deal with visiting U.S. Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin, according to the prime minister's office. Abdulbari said Sudan welcomed “the rapprochement" with Israel and other countries as well as the beginning of diplomatic relations. Although Sudan is not a regional powerhouse, establishing ties with Israel is deeply symbolic. During his visit, Mnuchin met with Gen. Abdel-Fattah Burhan, head of the ruling sovereign council, and Prime Minister Abdalla Hamdok. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo in August became the first top U.S. diplomat to visit Sudan since 2005, when Condoleezza Rice visited.
US Embassy says Sudan no longer on list of terror sponsors
The U.S. Embassy in Khartoum said the administration removed Sudan from the U.S. list of state sponsors of terrorism, a move that could help the African country get international loans to revive its battered economy and end its pariah status. The embassy said in a Facebook post that the removal of Sudan from the list is effective as of Monday, Dec. 14, 2020. Delisting Sudan from the state sponsors blacklist is a key incentive for the Sudanese government to normalize relations with Israel. The designation of Sudan as a state sponsor of terrorism dates back to the 1990s, when Sudan briefly hosted al-Qaida leader Osama bin Laden and other wanted militants. In October, Trump announced that he would remove Sudan from the list if it follows through on its pledge to pay $335 million to American terror victims and their families.
Sudan says deal with US blocks further compensation claims
FILE - In this Aug. 21, 2019 file photo, Sudanese Prime Minister Abdalla Hamdok speaks during a press conference in Khartoum, Sudan. The deal would enter into force after U.S. Congress passes legislation needed to implement the agreement. Sudan was also believed to have served as a pipeline for Iran to supply weapons to Palestinian militants in the Gaza Strip. De-listing Sudan from the blacklist was part of the U.S. administration's efforts to have Sudan normalize its ties with Israel. Sudanese transitional authorities have promised to hold elections by 2022.
Sudan deal plunges migrants in Israel into new uncertainty
After Israel and Sudan agreed this month to normalize ties, some 6,000 Sudanese migrants in Israel are again fearing for their fate. Now, after Israel and Sudan agreed to normalize ties, Baraka is among 6,000 Sudanese in Israel once again fearing for their fate. Israel and Sudan announced earlier this month they would normalize ties, making Sudan the third Arab country to do so in as many months. While he welcomes any deal that stabilizes relations between Sudan and Israel, he doesn't believe that opens the door for his return. “I do believe in what they’re talking about now, normalization between Sudan and Israel," Baraka said.
Sudanese officials: Diplomatic deal with Israel is near
(Sudanese Cabinet via AP, File)JERUSALEM – Sudanese officials confirmed on Thursday that a senior U.S.-Israeli delegation flew to Sudan on a private jet this week to wrap up a deal that would make Sudan the third Arab country to normalize ties with Israel this year. Two senior Sudanese officials confirmed the visit. One of them, a senior military figure, said the U.S.-Israeli delegation came to put final touches on a deal establishing ties with Israel. The officials did not give a time frame but said an announcement could come at “any time” from Trump. Getting off the list is a key incentive for the Sudanese government to establish official ties with Israel.
Trump says Sudan to be removed from terrorism list
President Donald Trump on Monday, Oct. 19, 2020 said Sudan will be removed from the U.S. list of state sponsors of terrorism if it follows through on its pledge to pay $335 million to American terror victims and families. Delisting Sudan from the state sponsors blacklist is a key incentive for the Sudanese government to normalize relations with Israel. Once deposited, I will lift Sudan from the State Sponsors of Terrorism list. The designation of Sudan as a state sponsor of terrorism dates back to the 1990s, when Sudan briefly hosted bin Laden and other wanted militants. The “state sponsors of terrorism” designation is one of the U.S. government’s most effective sanctions tools and bars virtually all non-humanitarian U.S. transactions with countries on it.
WFP fights hunger in food-deprived places, crises, war zones
FILE - In this Aug. 25, 2019 file photo, a displaced Yemeni receives food aid provided by the World Food Program, at a school in Sanaa, Yemen. The World Food Program won the Nobel Peace Prize on Friday, Oct. 9, 2020 for its efforts to combat hunger amid the coronavirus pandemic, recognition that shines light on vulnerable communities across the Middle East and Africa that the U.N. agency seeks to help, those starving and living in war zones that may rarely get the worlds attention. (AP Photo/Hani Mohammed)
WFP fights hunger in food-deprived places, crises, war zones
FILE - In this Aug. 25, 2019 file photo, a displaced Yemeni receives food aid provided by the World Food Program, at a school in Sanaa, Yemen. Rival armed groups divert food aid to front-line combatants or sell it for profit on the black market. Last year, WFP partially suspended its operations in the rebel-held capital over accusations that the Houthis were stealing the food aid. Just this week, gunmen fired on a WFP boat convoy carrying food aid to flood-stricken communities. During truces, the World Food Program occasionally managed to take limited amounts of food into besieged towns, where dozens have died of malnutrition and hunger-related illnesses.