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Sudan Transitional Military arrests perpetrators
of shooting rampage at students demonstration

KHARTOUM Sudan (Xinhua) -- Sudan’s Transitional Military Council (TMC) on Wednesday announced that the authorities have arrested the perpetrators of an earlier shooting rampage targeting demonstrating school students in North Kordofan State.

The perpetrators of the shooting, which occurred Monday in El Obied city, "have been identified as a force that was guarding the Sudanese-French Bank at the market of El Obied city," said the TMC’s security committee in a statement. "The seven-member force belongs to the Rapid Support Forces."

"All seven members of the force have been arrested," the committee said. "They have been handed over to the General Prosecution in North Kordofan to complete investigation and trial procedures."

Five people were killed and dozens of others injured in the shooting attack on Monday.
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The incident sparked a wave of anger and widespread protests across Sudanese cities, especially among school students, prompting the state’s security committee to issue a decision to suspend classes in all schools as of Wednesday.
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EARLIER REPORTS:

Five killed during student demonstration in Sudan

KHARTOUM Sudan (Xinhua) -- Five people were killed on Monday after a student demonstration in El Obeid, capital city of Sudan’s North Kordofan State, turned violent, official SUNA news agency reported.

"The number of people who were killed during the event in El Obied city reached five, including three high school students and two citizens," Al-Sadiq Al-Tayeb Abdalla, governor of North Kordofan State, was quoted as saying.

 

KHARTOUM Sudan (Xinhua) -- Jamal Jumma Adam, spokesman of Sudan’s Rapid Support Forces (RSF), speaks at a press conference in Khartoum. 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 protests in Sudan on Sunday. XINHUA PHOTO - MOHAMED KHIDIR
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The demonstration initially demanded peacefully improvement of transportation service but swerved from its goals with the impact of the "infiltrators" in the students, he noted.

He accused the "infiltrators" of attacking the branch of the Bank of Khartoum and looting equipment and properties, noting all necessary legal measures have been taken.

Abdalla said a committee has been formed to investigate the events and bring the perpetrators to trial.

Earlier, the governor issued a decision declaring curfew in the state in the wake of the demonstration, while the state’s security committee issued a decision suspending classes at all schools of the state.
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Violence in Sudan El Obeid places talks between ruling military
council and opposition
'Freedom and Change Alliance' at stake

KHARTOUM Sudan (Xinhua) -- The violence on Monday in El Obeid, capital city of Sudan’s North Kordofan State, seems to have placed the talks between the Transitional Military Council (TMC) and the opposition Freedom and Change Alliance at stake.

Although meetings of the joint technical committee between the TMC and the opposition alliance began in Khartoum earlier in the day to study document of the constitutional declaration, convocation of the direct talks scheduled for Tuesday remains under great doubt.

Sudan Tribune, a local news portal, reported that the Freedom and Change Alliance sent its negotiating delegation to El Obeid to investigate the situation after the violence in the city.

Meanwhile, the alliance issued a statement that holds the TMC responsible for the violence in El Obeid, saying people were shot dead by soldiers from the army and the rapid support forces.

Sudanese political parties also condemned what they termed "El Obeid massacre," demanding suspension of talks with the military council.

No comment has been issued yet from the military council.

Meetings of the joint technical committee are expected to pave the way for the direct talks between the two sides on Tuesday to finalize the constitutional declaration.

The document of the constitutional declaration includes powers of the sovereignty council and the post of prime minister during the transitional period.

On July 17, the TMC and the opposition alliance signed the political declaration which determines the political structures of the transitional period.

It stipulates the establishment of a joint sovereignty council of 11 members: five civilians, five military representatives and one civilian to be selected through mutual consultation.

It also provides that a council of ministers be formed.
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Sudan issues decree to restructure national security body

KHARTOUM Sudan (Xinhua) -- Sudan on Monday issued a constitutional decree to restructure the National Intelligence and Security Service (NISS), official SUNA news agency reported.

The decree, issued by Chairman of Sudan’s Transitional Military Council (TMC) Abdel Fattah Al-Burhan, also changes the name of the NISS to the General Intelligence Organ, SUNA said.

"The amendment stipulated in the constitutional decree comes within the framework of structuring the NISS to cope with the political change in the country," said NISS’s Director General Abu-Bakr Dambalab.

By changing its name, the NISS has become more professional in protecting the country and safeguarding its national security against very complicated threats, he noted.

After the ouster of former President Omar al-Bashir by the Sudanese army in April, the opposition forces demanded the NISS be dissolved.

However, the TMC, which is running the country’s affairs, insists on the existence of the NISS but agrees to restructure it into a body that focuses on combating terrorism and espionage, preventing human trafficking and fighting corruption and money laundering.
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Sudan supreme court overturns TMC decision to dismiss public prosecutions chief

KHARTOUM Sudan (Xinhua) -- A Sudanese court on Monday overturned a decision by Sudan’s Transitional Military Council (TMC) to end the service of the chief of public prosecutions, official SUNA news agency reported.

"The Supreme Administrative Court on Monday issued a decision overturning the TMC’s decision No. (3/17) for 2019 ending the service of Chief of Public Prosecutions Amer Mohamed Ibrahim," SUNA said.

The supreme administrative court has decided to immediately reinstate Ibrahim, it added.

The TMC decision violates the public prosecution law, the court noted.
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Sudan official commends positive Ethiopian role in Sudan peace process

ADDIS ABABA Ethiopia (Xinhua) -- A Sudanese official on Thursday hailed the Ethiopian government’s positive role towards bringing the disputing Sudanese parties to an agreement.

The statement was made by the Governor of Sudan’s Blue Nile State, Major General Ahmed Abdurahim, during an ongoing consultative meeting that brought together senior officials from Ethiopia’s western Benishangul-Gumuz regional state and the Blue Nile State of Sudan in the Benishangul-Gumuz region’s capital Assosa.

Abdurahim, who noted the ongoing peace process in Sudan as essential, commended Ethiopia’s effort towards resolving the political differences among Sudanese political parties.

Abdurahim, in particular, commended Ethiopian Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed for his "efforts to resolve the challenges Sudan has been facing."

He stressed that "though separated by artificial boundaries, Ethiopia and Sudan are tied together in marriage and culture over the years," Ethiopia’s state-run news agency quoted the Sudanese official as saying on Thursday.

He also expressed his hope that "the relation between the two nations will be further strengthened in the coming years."

The Sudanese regional governor made the positive comments as the Ethiopian government, in partnership with the African Union (AU), took the lead in bringing the disputing Sudanese parties to the negotiating tables so as to end the current political uncertainties in the African country.

Chief Administrator of Ethiopia’s Benishangul Gumuz regional state, Ashadli Hassen, also stressed during the meeting that the relation between Ethiopia and Sudan has been "longstanding and the two countries’ peoples are tied with blood and culture."

Hassen, who noted the meeting between the two countries officials as "critical to ensuring the benefit of the people of the two countries in general and the two regional states in particular," also stressed that such meetings would have vital importance towards strengthening the overall bilateral relations of the two neighboring countries.

Over 40 members of delegations from the two regional states are attending the ongoing consultative meeting while agreements are also expected to be signed on areas of security and development issues, it was noted.

             

 

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