Sudan: FVP affirms Sudan full Support to APRM


Gms: Khartoum, 6 January 2016 (SUNA)
The First Vice-President of the Sudan Republic, Lt. Gen. Bakri Hassan Salih has reiterated Sudan's full support to the African Peer Review Mechanism (APRM) and Sudan keenness to present its report to the Mechanism which will include outcome of the national dialogue.
The First Vice-President, during a meeting with APRM Mission led by Ambassador, Ashraf Rashid in the Republican Palace Tuesday, pointed out that Sudan is embarking on preparing a report to be presented to African presidents within this year and within APRM.
Ambassador Rashid said in press statements after his meeting with the First Vice-President, that the ongoing national dialogue to discuss all Sudan's issues will be a bright point in in Sudan's report.
He said the mission saw in the identity and basic freedoms committees of the national dialogue holistic of participation of the political parties and transparency which prevails the discussion.
SUNA noted that Sudan joined the APRM in 2006.

Sudan Participates in the 152 Session of Arabsat Council


Gms: Khartoum, 6 January 2016 (SUNA)
Sudan is to participate in the 152 Session of the Council of the Arab Satellite Communications Organization(Arabsat) which takes place, Tuesday , in the Jordanian capital of Amman.
 Undersecretary of Ministry of Information, Abdul-Majid Haroun said in statements to SUNA, that the meeting will tackle issues pertinent to making control over performances of TV channels which cover Arab space.
 Haroun indicated that the meeting will be extension to previous meeting which held at Arab League Headquarters in Cairo, disclosing that Sudan , under sanctions being imposed on it, has made use of the Arabsat.
 The Undersecretary of the Ministry of Information pointed out that Sudan has called for legalizing means of channel transmission, cities of media production and the major information companies, asserting that Sudan has long suffered from negative services at level of Arab TV channels.

Sudan: Parliament Speaker Meets S. Sudan Foreign Minister

Gms: Omdurman, 6 January 2016 (SV)
The Speaker of the Sudan National Assembly Prof. Ibrahim Ahmed Omer has underlined Sudan’s attention to peace and stability in the state of South Sudan.
This came while he met, at his office in parliament, with South Sudan’s Foreign Minister Barnaba Marial Benjamin and his accompanying delegation. He was briefed on the situation in South Sudan and the progress of the peace agreement recently signed with the opposition, led by Dr. Riek Machar, and the need to implement this so the people may enjoy security and stability.
The meeting showed the importance of full cooperation between the two countries, exchanging benefits as well as implementing security agreements between nations at the earliest opportunities. They also looked at stopping the harbouring of opposition movements to not impede smooth relations between the sides.

Sudan: Turabi calls for a two-year transitional government in Sudan headed by Bashir


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Gms: Khartoum, 4 Jan. 2016 (SUNA)
Secretary General of Sudan’s Popular Congress Party (PCP) Hassan al-Turabi said that dialogue is the only option to overcome the national crisis, pointing his party calls for a two-year interim government headed by president Omer al-Bashir.
In an interview with the Qatari Al-Sharq newspaper Saturday, Turabi called for allowing freedoms and securing basic rights to resolve the Sudanese crisis, saying that dialogue is the only available option to maintain unity of the country.
He called for establishing good governance that is based upon law, respect for human dignity and commitment to rights and duties, demanding the review of previous governance experiences.
The Islamist leader warned that Sudan is currently facing the dangers of conflicts and disintegration for domestic and external reasons.
“We fear [that Sudan could face the danger] of Somalization or [the fate of countries] surrounding us such as Syria, Libya and Yemen,” he said
“It is high time to end the crises and stop the war in Darfur, South Kordofan and Blue Nile as well as [facing] the external threats and the economic hardships following the secession of South Sudan which led to the loss of 50% of the oil revenues,” he added
Turabi pointed that Sudan is witnessing major changes due to the large increase in the number of colleges and the widespread use of modern means of communication, saying dealing with those developments requires new kind of thinking.
He said his party accepted to participate in the national dialogue initiative launched by President Bashir due to recent developments, noting that all political parties chose to engage in the dialogue.
“Dialogue has become a strategic choice that is adopted by the [political] parties and the armed groups and even the Western nations were convinced [that it is the only option] due to the high cost of conflicts,” he said
The government-led national dialogue conference was inaugurated in Khartoum on October 10th amid large boycott from the major political and armed opposition.
The Islamist leader disclosed that the government and the rebel Sudanese People’s liberation Movement/North (SPLM-N) have made progress in the security talks on South Kordofan and the Blue Nile particularly with regard to the ceasefire and the humanitarian issues.
Turabi added that he was convinced that dialogue can’t achieve the entire demands of the opposition, saying the transition could be achieved by negotiating issues under discussion.
“Many ideas and papers were being presented [to the dialogue] six committees and the outcome of the [dialogue] would establish the bases for the transition,” he said
“ Several views have been laid out [in the dialogue] including amending the constitution, interim period, institutions of governance, formation of a mini government, introducing a post of a prime minister and the continuation of the [current] National Assembly to amend the constitution,” he added
He said that his party called for a two-year transitional government to be headed by President Bashir and a cabinet with large executive powers besides keeping the current legislative institutions to approve the outcome of the dialogue.
“General elections should be held following the end of the interim period and the incumbents of the constitutional and legislative posts wouldn’t be allowed to participate in it. The elected Constitutional Assembly would approve the country’s permanent constitution. Presidency would be rotated among members of a council of states that is formed in a manner to reflect diversity in Sudan,” he said.
He stressed that no party participating in the dialogue would achieve 100% of its objectives, noting the ultimate goal of the dialogue is to resolve the country’s crises, maintain its unity and agree on a permanent constitution.
The PCP was among the first political forces to approve Bashir’s call for the national dialogue. Also, the lslamist party is the only significant political force that didn’t suspend its participation in the process.

Sudan: Dialogue is the base for mapping out Permanent Constitution: Abyei Leader


Gms: Khartoum, 4 January 2016 (SUNA)
The Political Secretary of the Sudan National Congress Abyei Department, Shoal Moein has expected that the National Dialogue will be basis for mapping out a permanent constitution, adding that the dialogue has witnessed remarkable progress in its six committees.
He pointed out that the committees have discussed all the papers presented by the political forces and the armed movements.
The NC official told SUNA, Saturday that the extension of the dialogue represents real support from the President of the Republic to make it a success.

Commissioner Madame MayadaSuar Al-Dahab said that Khartoum state is launching a new initiative and adopting new methods to fight drug circulation and trafficking in the state next year. The commissioner described the drug as a threat to the national security. She called for the mobilization of all the parties in the battle againstdrug.

The former first vice president Ali Osman Mohammad Taha

The former first vice president Ali Osman Mohammad Taha stressed the importance of the discussion of all the intellectual issues concerning the youths.

The first vice president the PM Bakri Hassan Saleh launched the youth week organized by the youth union in the Red Sea.

Gms: Khartoum, 9 Dec. 2017 (SUNA)

The meeting of the Council of the Minister of Minerals Wednesday recommended development of an investment geological map for the precious and semi-precious stones in the country besides establishment of three laboratories to inspect, cut and form precious stones.

The First Vice President the (PM) Bakri Hassan Saleh willhonor next Sunday the tenth of December the closing session of the third copy of the Afrabia prize which is organized by the Arab-African council.