Hamdok has been defamed over Sudan’s new school curriculum, says his aide

(KHARTOUM) - The Prime Minister has been defamed over his decision to freeze a new school curriculum to replace the old one imposed by the former regime, said Ali Bakhit the director of his cabinet on Saturday. Abdallah Hamdok who is outside the country has been severely criticised after his decision to stop one of the major reforms in Sudan after the overthrow of the Islamist regime. In a bid…

S. Sudan religious leaders hold talks to end intercommunal fights

(YEI) - South Sudan religious leaders and civil society activists held direct peace and reconciliation talks to end intercommunal fights between communities in Central Equatoria state. The archbishop of the Central Equatoria province of the Episcopal Church of South Sudan, Paul Ygugusuk said inter-communal clashes persist in Terekeka and Lainya counties, due to lack of clear laws on the movement of cattle and justice for victims of cattle raids. “The…

Security situation in Ethiopia’s Tigray region “remains volatile”: UNOCHA

(ADDIS ABABA) - The security situation in Ethiopia’s Tigray regional state "remains volatile," the United Nations Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (UNOCHA) said in a report. The report, issued on Thursday, stated that the security situation in Tigray remains volatile “with a gradual improvement in some areas in the Eastern and Western Zones, although insecurity and bureaucratic constraints remain”. "As the security situation in some areas of Tigray…

GERD: Sudan calls for frame of reference on role of African experts

(KHARTOUM) - Sudan has called for a frame of reference to determine the role that African expert can play to broker a deal on the Grand Ethiopian Renaissance Dam (GERD) said the government negotiating team on Saturday. The Sudanese negotiating delegation led by the Irrigation minister Yasir Abbas held a bilateral meeting for the first time with the African Union experts. Sudan calls for a role to the AU experts…

Darfur holdout group reiterates rejection of peace talks in Juba

(KHARTOUM) - The Sudan Liberation Movement led by Abdel Wahid al-Nur (SLM-AW) severely disapproved on Friday the South Sudanese mediator for his repeated statements about their participation in a peace process in Juba. On Thursday Tut Gatluak told reporters that the SLM leader Abdel Wahid al-Nur expressed his readiness to engage in peace talks and will inform the Sudanese government about the launch of talks when al-Nur determines a date…

Sudanese delegation, Eritrean leader hold talks on Ethiopian conflict

(KHARTOUM) - The First Deputy Chairman of the Transitional Sovereign Council held talks on Friday with the Eritrean president on bilateral relations and the conflict in Tigray region of Ethiopia. Mohamed Hamdan Dagalo "Hemetti" was on a one-day visit to the Eritrean capital Asmara accompanied by the acting Minister of Foreign Affairs Omer Gamar Eldin and Director of the General Intelligence Service Jamal Abdel-Majid. Upon their return to Khartoum, Gamar…

Hamdok accused of bowing to Islamist pressure over Sudanese school curricula

(KHARTOUM) - Sudanese Prime Minister Abdallah Hamdok is facing widespread criticism over his decision to freeze new school curricula that were rejected by Islamist and religious groups.   A number of Islamists known for their affiliation with the former regime, but also conservative religious groups launched a campaign against the director of the National Curriculum Center, Omer al-Qarray, who belongs to the Republican Brotherhood, a reformist Islamic group calling for…

NAS accuses South Sudan army of planning military offensives

  (MOROBO) - The opposition National Salvation Front (NAS) led by Gen. Thomas Cirillo Swaka has expressed concerns over what it described as on-going military preparations of the South Sudanese army (SSPDF) to launch dry season offensives on its military bases. In a statement issued Thursday, NAS said its military command is closely observing and monitoring hostile military activities which are taking place in several parts of South Sudan’s greater…
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