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Sudan's new Prime Minister Abdalla Hamdok plans
to achieve lasting peace and build strong economy

KHARTOUM Sudan (Xinhua) -- Sudan’s newly-appointed Prime Minister Abdalla Hamdok said on Wednesday that the priority of his government would be to achieve peace and build a strong national economy.

Hamdok took the constitutional oath on Wednesday at the presidential palace in the capital Khartoum as Sudan’s prime minister in the transitional government.

"The priority of the coming government is to stop the war, achieve sustainable peace and build a strong national economy based on production," Hamdok said at a press conference following the oath-taking ceremony.

The coming government would work to reform the state institutions, fight corruption and build the state of law, transparency and justice, he added.

The prime minister warned that the banking system in Sudan is about to collapse, stressing the need for a tight plan to save it.

Hamdok also vowed to work to establish a Sudanese democratic system that respects the differences, saying he would be the prime minister of all Sudanese people.

Hamdok is expected to form a government of 20 ministers to be selected by the opposition Freedom and Change Alliance on Aug. 28.

 

Abdel Fattah al-Burhan [right] takes the constitutional oath | Coastweek

KHARTOUM Sudan (Xinhua) -- Abdel Fattah al-Burhan [right] takes the constitutional oath before Acting Chief Justice Yahia al-Tayeb Abu Shoura at the presidential palace in the capital Khartoum. Abdel Fattah al-Burhan on Wednesday was sworn in before the Judicial Council as chairman of Sudan’s newly-formed sovereign council. XINHUA PHOTO - MOHAMED KHIDIR

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UNAMID drawdown resumption timeline may be revisited: UN

UNITED NATIONS New York (Xinhua) -- With a new civilian-military ruling body in Sudan, relevant parties may revisit the timeline for resuming the drawdown of the AU/ UN Hybrid Operation in Darfur (UNAMID), the UN peacekeeping chief said Monday.

Briefing the Security Council on the region in west Sudan, Undersecretary-general for Peacekeeping Operations Jean-Pierre Lacroix said:

"With the establishment of the Sovereign Council, the timeline for resuming the drawdown of UNAMID may be revisited after the end of its pause at the end of October."

On Aug. 20, Sudan’s Transitional Military Council (TMC) approved the formation of the Sovereign Council consisting of 11 members, military and civilian.

The TMC, which had been running the country since the military ousted longtime leader Omar al-Bashir, was later dissolved by a constitutional decree.

The United Nations has welcomed the council, which is tasked to rule Sudan during a three-year transition period toward elections.

In July 2018, the Security Council stated in a resolution that 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."

However, the UN body decided on June 27 to pause the drawdown in consideration of the situation in Khartoum, where the TMC was then in deadlock with the opposition in their talks on the formation of a transitional government.

At Monday’s briefing, Lacroix said, "We congratulated Sudanese parties for having navigated the unprecedented task of relinquishing a highly centralized rule that lasted for more than 30 years, and enduring protracted negotiations that led to a civilian-military coalition government."

"This is an opportunity to put a definitive end to the conflict in Darfur," he added.

He also noted the security situation in Darfur remains largely unchanged, with intermittent clashes between the Sudanese forces and armed groups in Jebel Marra as well as some inter-communal tensions.
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EARLIER REPORTS:

Former Finance Minister Abdalla Hamdok sworn in as Prime Minister of Sudan

KHARTOUM Sudan (Xinhua) -- Abdalla Hamdok on Wednesday took the constitutional oath as prime minister of Sudan, official SUNA news agency reported.

Hamdok was sworn in before Abdel Fattah Al-Burhan, chairman of the newly-formed Sovereign Council, at the presidential palace in the capital Khartoum in presence of the chief justice.

Hamdok is expected to form a government of 20 ministers to be selected by the opposition Freedom and Change Alliance on Aug. 28.

Earlier in the day, Al-Burhan took the constitutional oath to officially become chairman of the Sovereign Council.

Under the deal recently signed by Sudan’s Transitional Military Council (TMC) and the Freedom and Change Alliance, the Sovereign Council comprises 11 members: five military members chosen by the TMC, five civilian members chosen by the opposition alliance, and one civilian selected through consultation by the two sides.

The Sovereign Council automatically dissolved the TMC which had been running Sudan’s affairs since the ouster of former President Omar al-Bashir on April 11.

Hamdok, who obtained a bachlor’s degree from the University of Khartoum, a master’s and a doctorate from the University of Manchester, was a senior official in the Ministry of Finance and Economic Planning during the 1980s.

In the 1990s, Hamdok held senior positions first at Deloitte & Touche, and then at the International Labour Organization in Zimbabwe, followed by several years at the African Development Bank in Cote d’Ivoire.

Hamdok was the regional director for Africa and the Middle East of the International Institute for Democracy and Electoral Assistance from 2003 to 2008.

He worked as director of regional integration and trade for the United Nations Economic Commission for Africa (UNECA) in 2001 and 2002, and UNECA deputy executive secretary from 2011 to October 2018.

In September 2018, Hamdok was named as the Sudanese minister of finance by al-Bashir, but he refused to accept the nomination.
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United Nations welcomes Sudan’s newly formed ruling body

UNITED NATIONS New York (Xinhua) -- The United Nations welcomes Sudan’s newly-formed sovereign council, a UN spokesman said on Wednesday.

"The United Nations warmly welcomes the nominations by the Transitional Military Council (TMC) and the Forces for Freedom and Change (FFC) for the Sovereign Council as well as its subsequent formal formation and swearing in today," said Stephane Dujarric, spokesman for UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres.

Dujarric highlighted the inclusion of two women in the sovereign council, saying the UN strongly encourages the inclusion of women in all transitional bodies in Sudan, including in, but not limited to the Transitional Legislative Assembly.

Abdel Fattah al-Burhan, chairman of Sudan’s TMC, on Tuesday issued a constitutional decree to form a joint sovereign council of 11 members.

Earlier on Wednesday, he was sworn in as chairman of the sovereign council.

Under the deal recently signed by the TMC and the opposition Freedom and Change Alliance, the sovereign council comprises 11 members, including five military members chosen by the TMC, five civilian members chosen by the opposition alliance, and one civilian selected through consultation by the two sides.

The military members in the sovereign council include al-Burhan.

A constitutional decree is expected to be issued later on Wednesday to dissolve the TMC, which has been running the country’s affairs since the ouster of former President Omar al-Bashir on April 11.
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Appointments of chief justice and attorney general
in Sudan further delayed to allow for consensus

KHARTOUM Sudan (Xinhua) -- A member of Sudan’s new Sovereign Council said on Wednesday that appointment of chief justice and attorney general has been delayed to allow for consensus within the opposition Freedom and Change Alliance.

"There is disagreement over candidates of the Freedom and Change Alliance for the posts of chief justice and attorney general," Mohamed Al-Faki Suleiman told reporters after the oath-taking ceremony for members of the sovereign council.

"Because there are different view points, the decision over the two posts has been delayed," he added.

Meanwhile, Aisha Mousa Al-Saeed, another member of the sovereign council, vowed to work to achieve aspirations of the Sudanese people and preserve the goals of the Sudanese revolution.

Earlier in the day, members of Sudan’s newly-formed sovereign council took the constitutional oath in the capital Khartoum, except one who would be sworn in later.

Under the deal recently signed by Sudan’s Transitional Military Council (TMC) and the opposition Freedom and Change Alliance, the sovereign council comprises 11 members: five military members chosen by the TMC, five civilian members chosen by the opposition alliance, and one civilian selected through consultation by the two sides.

A constitutional decree is expected to be issued later on Wednesday to dissolve the TMC, which has been running Sudan’s affairs since the ouster of former President Omar al-Bashir on April 11.
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Sudanese opposition leader urges South Sudan to expand mediation team

JUBA South Sudan (Xinhua) -- Sudanese opposition leader on Tuesday urged South Sudanese President Salva Kiir to include three key regional nations in his peace mediation team as an effort to restore stability in its northern neighbor, Sudan.

Sudan Liberation Movement /Army, Suliman Arcua Minnawi, told journalists after holding talks with President Salva Kiir in Juba, that there is a need to include Chad, Ethiopia and Egypt in the Juba’s mediation role.

"We welcome President Salva Kiir to mediate peace talks between the new transitional government and several rebel groups," said Arcua.

Tut Gatluak, presidential adviser on security affairs, reiterated president Kiir’s continued support to bring peace to Sudan, adding that all the Sudan’s opposition groups are committed to ending the ongoing political turmoil.

He observed that they have accepted peace as they make efforts to work collectively with the leadership of the Transitional Military Council and the Freedom and Change movement.

"We are committed toward finding a new political era in Sudan, the issue of regional inclusivity is important in resolving political differences," Gatluak said.

He added that the Sudanese government and opposition groups have accepted Juba’s role to mediate the talks, which is expected to start soon.

Juba and Khartoum previously accused each other of harboring rebel elements in their territories, but relations between the two seem to be improving since Khartoum successfully mediated the new peace deal aimed at ending almost five years of civil unrest in the young republic.

             

 

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