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Two Major Sudan Parties Agree to Accept Polls Results

Two Major Sudan Parties Agree to Accept Polls Results The parties to Sudan's 2005 peace agreement have agreed to accept the results of last week's election and to form a new unity government, the Sudan Tribune reports from Juba. The online newspaper said this was agreed at a meeting Tuesday between Southern Sudan's leader, Salva Kiir Mayardit of the Sudan People's Liberation Movement (SPLM), and Ali...

Communique on the Sudanese General Elections

The Chairperson of the African Union (AU) Commission wishes to commend the people of the Sudan and the Sudanese political parties for peacefully conducting the just-concluded multiparty general elections, held from 11 to 15 April 2010. These elections constitute a fundamental milestone towards realizing the democratic transformation of The Sudan...

Problems Lead to Extension of Vote in Sudan

Problems Lead to Extension of Vote in Sudan Voting in Sudan - the first democratic elections in 24 years - has been extended by three days by the National Election Commission in response to widespread problems with voters' lists and ballot papers. The elections are being boycotted by opposition parties citing continuing insecurity in the western region of Darfur and allegations of electoral...

Opposition Parties Threaten Polls Boycott in Sudan

Opposition Parties Threaten Polls Boycott in Sudan Most of Sudan's political opposition parties threatened on Thursday to boycott upcoming elections, following months of concerns raised in the south over insecurity and poor preparation for the polls, according to news reports. The largest opposition party, the Sudanese People's Liberation Movement, said on Wednesday it was withdrawing its...

Monitoring Peace in the Border Badlands of Sudan

Thick dust clouds obscure the horizon as the convoy of UN military observers sets off to patrol the oil-rich, yet desperately underdeveloped Unity State in Southern Sudan. In these borderlands, monitoring a 2005 deal that halted decades of war between north and south is a major undertaking. "We set up a forward operating base, from where we travel...

Envoy Leads Call for All Darfur Militia to Join Peace Process in Sudan

A gathering of high-level international officials to Sudan, led by the head of the joint United Nations-African Union (AU) peacekeeping operation in the country's war-torn Darfur region, on Saturday urged all armed groups involved in the conflict to join the peace process initiated earlier this week by Khartoum and a major rebel militia. Ibrahim...

Hague Court Attacks Prosecution Evidence as 'Weak,' 'Unreliable'

 Hague Court Attacks Prosecution Evidence as 'Weak,' 'Unreliable' The International Criminal Court has described evidence against a Darfur rebel leader accused of an attack on African Union peacekeepers variously as "weak", "scant" and "unreliable." A Pre-Trial Chamber of the court made the remarks in a decision in which it refused to sanction the trial of Bahar Idriss Abu Garda on war crimes charges for an...

Sudan's Parties Strategize Ahead of April Polls

Sudan's Parties Strategize Ahead of April Polls The Sudan People's Liberation Movement (SPLM) has named a northern Muslim, Yasir Arman, as its candidate for the April presidential elections. Arman is a mid-ranking 20-year veteran of the SPLM and heads the party's parliamentary group. He will face Sudanese President Omar Hassan al-Bashir in the elections - the country's first in 24 years...

Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon Says Success of Sudan Peace Pact Requires Redoubled Efforts by All

Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon Says Success of Sudan Peace Pact Requires Redoubled Efforts by All Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon used today's fifth anniversary of the peace pact that ended more than 20 years of civil war in Sudan to urge the parties to redouble their efforts towards reconciliation and the successful completion of remaining benchmarks. The 2005 Comprehensive Peace Agreement (CPA), signed by the Sudanese People's Liberation Army...

Sudan Reneges on Independence Referendum Deal

Sudan Reneges on Independence Referendum Deal The United States has condemned the Sudanese ruling party for introducing last-minute unilateral changes to the law under which southern Sudanese will vote on whether they want independence. The Sudan Tribune reports from Khartoum that when the bill providing for a referendum on independence for Southern Sudan went to the National Assembly on...

North and Southern Sudan Agree on Independence Referendum

Officials from the ruling parties in Khartoum and Southern Sudan have reached an agreement on new legislation governing national elections next April as well as a later referendum on independence for the south, reports the Sudan Tribune. The country's national cabinet approved three bills at an extraordinary meeting on Sunday night, the news...

Union-United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon Thankful for Release of Kidnapped Civilian Staff in Darfur

Union-United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon Thankful for Release of Kidnapped Civilian Staff in Darfur U.N. Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon voiced deep gratitude today on hearing of the release of two civilian staff members of the joint African Union-United Nations peacekeeping mission in Darfur (UNAMID) after more than 100 days in captivity in the war-torn western flank of Sudan. The two staffers - one man and one woman - who were abducted at...

United States Special Envoy to Sudan Jonathan S. Gration Faces Intense Scrutiny Over Darfur Policy

United states special Envoy to Sudan As U.S. special envoy to Sudan Scott Gration defended the Barack Obama administration's new policy toward the war-torn country on Capitol Hill Thursday, NGOs and a U.N. official reacted with disappointment and impatience. Before the U.S. House of Representatives Subcommittee on Africa and Global Health, Gration faced persistent questioning from...

Tensions Grow Over North-South Unity of Sudan

Tensions are rising in Sudan as the country prepares for elections in 2010 and a subsequent referendum over whether the people of South Sudan want to break away and become an independent state. The Sudan Tribune reported from Juba on Monday that the ruling National Congress Party (NCP) in Khartoum and the dominant party in the south, the Sudan...

Obama Team Launches 'Calibrated' Policy to Tackle Dual Conflicts for r Sudan

After protracted debate, the Obama administration last week rolled out a policy blueprint for Sudan, Africa's largest country in land area. The policy is designed to address the challenge of bringing peace to the oil-producing nation that has experienced both a long-running civil war between northern and southern areas and a humanitarian crisis in...