IGAD Special Envoy, Machar over peace deal implementation

(JUBA) – South Sudan’s First Vice President, Riek Machar on Monday met with the Intergovernmental Authority on Development (IGAD) Special Envoy, Dr Ismail Wais to discuss the status of the implementation of the revitalized peace agreement.The meeting took place in Machar’s office in the country’s capital, Juba.Speaking to reporters, Wais said he met Machar for updates on implementation of the peace deal.“We touched on many issues which are very important…

NDM spokesperson resigns over “bad” leadership practices

(JUBA) - A senior member of Dr. Lam Akol’s National Democratic Movement (NDM) party has resigned, citing what he said was the “worst” leadership style in the party.David Lawrence Lual, in a January 10, 2021 letter addressed to the chairman of NDM, acknowledged the well-structured organs of movement, but highlights elements of “bad practices” such as conspiracy against members, negligence, sidelining of some members, vagueness in the organizational flow of…

SRF, Umma party to form coalition supporting transition in Sudan

(KHARTOUM) - The Sudanese Revolutionary Front (SRF) and the National Umma Party (NUP) agreed to form a new political coalition to support a smooth democratic transition in Sudan, said the deputy leader of the SPLM-N Agar on Sunday."The SRF and the NUP agreed to start work on forming a transitional bloc. Also, they established a joint working committee," Yasir Arman, told the Sudan Tribune.Arman pointed out that the current period…

Kiir, Hemetti discuss resumption of peace talks with SPLM-N al-Hilu

(KHARTOUM/JUBA) - South Sudanese President Salva Kiir and the Deputy Head of the Sovereign Council in Sudan Mohamed Hamdan Daglo Hemetti discussed ways to resume peace talks with the SPLM-N led by Abdel Aziz al-Hilu.Hemetti was in Juba to open an exhibition of Sudanese products together with the Sudanese Minister of Industry and Trade Madandi Abbas.In a statement issued after his return to Khartoum, Hemetti stated he discussed with Kiir…

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…

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…

German to head Sudan’s democratic transition mission

(KHARTOUM) - German diplomat Volker Perthes has become the new head of the United Nations Integrated Transition Assistance Mission in Sudan (UNITAMS), the United Nations and the Sudanese government said. U.N. Secretary-General António Guterres informed the Security Council about the appointment in a letter to the 15-member council on Wednesday, according to a statement by the National Executive Committee for coordination with UNITAMS. "Perthes brings to this position over 25…