Sudan ruling council appoints 2 to top judicial posts

Ethiopian Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed meets the head of Sudan's Transitional Military Council, Lieutenant General Abdel Fattah Al-Burhan Abdelrahman, to mediate in the political crisis that has followed the overthrow of President Omar al-Bashir, Sudan June 7, 2019. (Reuters)
Updated 10 October 2019

Sudan ruling council appoints 2 to top judicial posts

  • Soliman said the new appointees will soon examine “corruption cases and crimes”

CAIRO: Sudan’s transitional government has appointed a new chief of the judiciary and new public prosecutor after several weeks of pressure from pro-democracy activists.
Mohamed Al-Fakki Soliman, spokesman of the joint civilian-military Sovereign Council, said Thursday that Justice Neamat Abdullah Mohamed Kheir, a veteran female judge, was named chief of the judiciary and that Taj Al-Ser Ali Al-Hebr was appointed the country’s public prosecutor.
Soliman said the new appointees will soon examine “corruption cases and crimes” committed under the rule of longtime dictator Omar Al-Bashir, who was removed from power by the military in April after several months of sweeping protests. Amid international pressure, a power-sharing agreement between pro-democracy protesters and the generals was signed.
Last month, thousands of Sudanese took to the streets demanding that the incumbent chief of judiciary and general prosecutor be removed because of their alleged ties to Al-Bashir.


US lawmakers set measure opposing Trump on Syria troop withdrawal

In this file photo taken on September 8, 2019 US troops walk past a Turkish military vehicle during a joint patrol with Turkish troops in the Syrian village of al-Hashisha on the outskirts of Tal Abyad town along the border with Turkish troops. (AFP)
Updated 16 October 2019

US lawmakers set measure opposing Trump on Syria troop withdrawal

  • Senate and House aides said lawmakers were working on legislation to impose stiffer sanctions on Turkey, hoping to force Turkish President Erdogan to halt his military campaign in northeastern Syria

WASHINGTON: US Democratic lawmakers, joined by some of President Donald Trump’s fellow Republicans, introduced a resolution on Tuesday opposing Trump’s decision to withdraw US forces from Syria, the latest sign of deep disapproval in Congress of his action.
“We have always maintained that, while certainly needed, a sanctions package alone is insufficient for reversing this humanitarian disaster,” House of Representatives Speaker Nancy Pelosi and Senate Democratic leader Chuck Schumer said in a statement introducing the resolution.
In addition to Pelosi and Schumer, the resolution was led by Representatives Eliot Engel, the Democratic chairman of the House Foreign Affairs Committee, and Mike McCaul, the committee’s top Republican.
It also is backed by Senators Bob Menendez, the top Democrat on the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, and Todd Young, a Republican member of that panel.
Senate and House aides said lawmakers were working on legislation to impose stiffer sanctions on Turkey, hoping to force Turkish President Tayyip Erdogan to halt his military campaign in northeastern Syria.
Several sanctions bills were introduced in the Senate and House, supported by Democrats and some of Trump’s fellow Republicans, before Trump said he would impose sanctions.
Trump announced a set of sanctions on Monday to punish Ankara, and a senior Trump administration official said on Tuesday that Washington would threaten more sanctions to persuade Turkey to reach a cease-fire and halt its offensive. The measures — mainly a hike in steel tariffs and a pause in trade talks — were less robust than financial markets had anticipated. Trump’s critics derided them as too feeble to have an impact, and the Turkish currency recovered.