(DWTV) An alliance of Sudanese rebel groups have launched an attack on the city of Um Rawaba, advancing closer to the capital, Khartoum. They are seeking to topple President Omar al-Bashir, who has been indicted on war crimes. Rebels from the embattled Darfur region assaulted the city of Um Rawaba on Saturday, moving to within 500 kilometers (300 miles) of Khartoum. Fighting had been previously restricted to the remote regions of Darfur and the South Kordofan and Blue NileStates. Fighters from the Justice and Equality Movement (JEM) arrived in 20 trucks, according to residents, and managed to penetrate the center of the city. The Sudanese army claimed that it had reclaimed control of the city, after the rebels had destroyed a power plant, petrol stations and a telecommunications tower. But JEM spokesman Gibril Adam said that rebel forces had only withdrawn from the city center to the outskirts of Um Rawaba.
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Former Darfur rebels threaten to leave government
(Radio Dabanga) Former rebel group Liberation and Justice Movement (LJM) is threatening to suspend its participation in the government if their grievances are not acknowledged within 24 hours. LJM signed a peace treaty with Khartoum in 2011 but it says the government is delaying its implementation. In line with the Doha Document for Peace in Darfur (DDPD) former rebel fighters are entitled to be absorbed into the national armed forces or to be assigned to political posts, for example. Earlier this month, Radio Dabanga reported that members of the Ceasefire Commission of LJM claimed not receiving their salaries for one year and they had threatened to quit the peace treaty if the issue was not resolved. A minister of the Darfur Regional Authority (DRA) said the arrangement’s implementation was delayed because signatories are not able to discern the troops who joined the treaty before and after it was signed in 2011. However, LJM spokesman dismissed the minister’s claims soon after. The 24-hour ultimatum to suspend LJM’s participation in the government was conveyed in a letter from the group’s head Dr. Tijani Sese to the first Vice-President of Sudan Ali Osman Taha.
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No Progress in Sudan and SPLM-North Talks
(VOA/ Focus) Rebels from Sudan’s war-torn Darfur region attacked a city in the neighboring state of North Kordofan Saturday, bringing their fight closer to the capital, VOA News informs. A spokesman for the Justice and Equality Movement, or JEM, said the attack on Um Rawaba is part of the group’s plan to overthrow the Sudanese government. Um Rawaba is North Kordofan’s second-largest city. The state has largely been free from the rebel activity taking place in Darfur to its west and South Kordofan to the south. Sudan’s army also accused the insurgents of destroying a communications tower, a power plant and at least one fuel station.
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Sudan ‘clashes’ after farm protester dies
(AFP) Sudanese police clashed for a second day on Saturday with citizens objecting to an agricultural development after one protester died from his injuries, a resident said. The victim “died because of injuries as a result of clashes with police yesterday,” said the resident of the Om Doum neighbourhood along the Blue NileRiver in east Khartoum. He asked not to be identified. On Friday about 400 demonstrators blockaded the main street and set tyres alight to protest what they said is a Gulf-invested agricultural project on “their” land. Police said that both officers and civilians were injured in Friday’s confrontation.
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35 African political parties gather in Sudan
(Press TV) Representatives of 35 African political parties have met in the Sudanese capital Khartoum to establish a joint forum meant to increase unity among the African nations. “I suggest this meeting will be one of the basic steps to complete the unity of Africa,” Sudanese President Omar al-Bashir said on Saturday during his opening speech to the first conference of the Council of the African Political Parties Bashir stated that despite the African continent’s rich history and its population of over one billion it does not have proportionate representation at international forums.
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Nafi Calls on African Parties to Mobilize their Energies to Build Stable Continent
(SUNA) The Head of the Steering Committee of the Founding Conference of the Council of the African Political Parties, Deputy Chairman of the National Congress Party for the party’s affairs, Dr. Nafie Ali Nafie, has called on the African parties to carry out its role for mobilizing its energies, and maximize the values of solidarity and integration for building stable and peaceful continent. In his address to the opening ceremony of the Founding Conference for the Council of the African Political Parties held Saturday at the Friendship Hall in Khartoum, Dr. Nafie has welcomed members of the conference of the African Parities, and the representatives from Africa, China and Russia for attending the conference. Nafie has extended thank to the states of China, Russia, Turkey, Mexico, Azerbaijan and COMESA group for attending the conference.
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Sudan denies harboring Uganda’s LRA’s fugitive leader
(Sudan Tribune) The Sudanese army strongly denied allegations that it is providing shelter to the fugitive Ugandan leader of the Lord Resistance Army (LRA), Joseph Kony. Until early this year, according to the report, Kony and some of his commanders were operating in Kafia Kingi, a disputed area along the Sudan-South Sudan border where African Union troops tasked with catching Kony don’t have access. But SAF spokesperson Colonel al-Sawarmi Khalid Sa’ad told Sudan official news agency (SUNA) that the the report is “baseless and rejected”. The LRA was founded by Kony in his Acholi community amid repression from the UPDF. Its stated aim is to overthrow the government in Kampala and install the Bible’s Ten Commandments.
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