PM: EGP 100,000 compensation for families of victims in Sohag trains’ collision

President Abdel Fattah El Sisi has ordered to pay EGP 100,000 as compensation for the families of each victim of the collision of two trains in Sohag governorate, Upper Egypt, Prime Minister announced Friday. He added that each wounded would be paid a sum ranging between EGP 20,000 to EGP 40,000. Sisi has issued directives to all the bodies concerned to mobilize their capabilities to cope with the accident's repercussions,…

Civilian firms of Sudanese army to be under government control: Hamdok

(KHARTOUM) - Sudanese Prime Minister Abdallah Hamdok announced that military companies operating in the civilian sector will be placed under the supervision of the transitional government.On Wednesday, Hamdok visited the Military Industry Corporation (MIC) Wednesday accompanied by several ministers and the director-general of the corporation and inspected the Yarmouk Industrial Complex factories.In a statement issued after the visit, the Minister of Information and Government Official Spokesperson Hamza Baloul said that…

Former aide tells President Kiir to step down, hand over power

(JUBA) – A former adviser to South Sudan’s President Salva Kiir has urged the country’s ruling party (SPLM) leader to step down and peacefully hand over power.JPEG - 88.4 kbDaniel Awet Akot (ST)Addressing a group of the country’s elders on Sunday, Daniel Awet Akot said the South Sudanese leader should hand over power to presidential affairs minister, Nhial Deng Nhial.He described those currently leading the country as “mentally incapacitated and…

Ethiopia must recognize border treaties before negotiating with Sudan: al-Burhan

KHARTOUM) - The Ethiopian government must recognize the border treaty of 1902 with Sudan before negotiations, said Abdel Fattah al-Burhan head of the Sovereign Council on Wednesday.The government of Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed says they do not recognize the border deals of 1902 and 1972 with Sudan, claiming the ownership of the fertile border area of Al-Fashaga.The claim came after a series of clashes that started in April 2020 between…

Department Press Briefing – March 18, 2021

MS PORTER: Good afternoon, everyone, and thank you so much for joining today’s briefing. I have three updates I’d like to share with you at the top, and then I will resume taking your questions.Secretary Blinken and Secretary Austin had positive meetings in Tokyo and Seoul from March 15th through 18th, reaffirming the United States commitment to strengthening two of our most important alliances and highlighting cooperation that promotes peace,…

S. Sudan presidential adviser admits destroying government

(JUBA) - A senior South Sudanese official has admitted destroying the government, citing the failure to deliver services promised to citizens during the country’s secession from Sudan in July 2011. “We have destroyed the government ourselves. When we fought the government of Sudan for 22 years, it was for us to become an independent country so that we can do what the government of Sudan was unable to do for…

Upper Nile governor appoints Malakal mayor amid protests

(JUBA) - The governor of South Sudan’s Upper Nile state, Budhok Nyang Kur has appointed the mayor of Malakal town despite protest from a section of the opposition alliance in the coalition government.Kur appointed Francis Awok Ajang in a decree issued Monday.The National Democratic Movement (NDM), a member of the South Sudan Opposition Alliance (SSOA), questioned the decision to divide Malakal.The opposition group cited the South Sudan capital as the…

Darfur holdout rebel leader arrives in Juba to meet President Kiir

(KHARTOUM) - Abdel Wahid al-Nur, Chairman of the Sudan Liberation Movement (SLM-AW) arrived Monday in Juba to brief President Salva Kiir about his plan for an internal peace process.Abdel Wahid al-Nur speaks in Juba on 15 March 2021 (ST photo)The SLM-AW is the only armed group in Darfur that rejected to take part in the Juba process for peace in Sudan.The holdout group says planning to hold a conference in…