Sudan protest leaders to unveil civilian ruling body

The Sudanese Professionals Association spearheaded the demonstrations that ousted Omar al-Bashir. (File/AFP)
Updated 21 April 2019
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Sudan protest leaders to unveil civilian ruling body

  • The Sudanese Professionals Association called on its supporters, foreign diplomats and journalists to be present at the announcement
  • Thousands have kept up protests since Bashir’s ouster demanding civilian rule

KHARTOUM: Sudan’s protest movement said it will unveil a civilian ruling body on Sunday, piling pressure on the military council which seized power after toppling president Omar Al-Bashir last week.
The Sudanese Professionals Association called on its supporters, foreign diplomats and journalists to be present on Sunday outside army headquarters where thousands have kept up protests since Bashir’s ouster demanding civilian rule.
“This press conference at 7:00 p.m. on Sunday will announce the names of a civilian council,” the SPA said in the Friday statement.
The SPA, which organized the four months of nationwide protests that led up to Bashir’s overthrow, has toughened its stand against the military council, demanding its immediate dissolution and replacement.
“We are demanding that this civilian council, which will have representatives of the army, replace the military council,” an SPA leader, Ahmed Al-Rabia, told AFP.


Donors pledge over $110 million to help Palestinian refugees

Updated 36 min 50 sec ago
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Donors pledge over $110 million to help Palestinian refugees

  • The $1.2 billion budget for UNRWA provides education, health care, food and other services to Palestinian refugees
  • The Trump administration cut all funding for UNRWA this year

UNITED NATIONS: Donors have pledged over $110 million to help some 5 million Palestinian refugees, an amount the head of the UN agency for Palestinian refugees called encouraging.
But Pierre Kraehenbuehl in an announcement Tuesday after a donor’s conference at UN headquarters said, however: “The situation does remain precarious.”
The $1.2 billion budget for the UN Relief and Works Agency provides education, health care, food and other services to refugees in the West Bank and Gaza Strip as well as Jordan, Syria and Lebanon.
The Trump administration cut all funding for UNRWA this year.
Kraehenbuehl said the agency covered its expenses through May 30 but is now operating in deficit.
He expressed hope the $110 million will bridge UNRWA’s funding in coming months but said another pledging conference will be needed.