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South Sudan

Business Week: Southern Sudan to issue new currency when independence declared 30 Mar:  Southern Sudan plans to release its own currency when it declares independence in July as the region establishes a financial system to manage its oil wealth.

Sudan Tribune: Unity state condemns ‘defection’ of SPLA Maj. General Peter Gatdet 30 Mar: Unity state’s spokesman for state government Gideon Gatpan Thaor confirmed to state citizens on Wednesday that Maj.General Peter Gatdet has left South Sudan’s official Army (SPLA) in an apparent rebellion against the Southern government.,38441

Sudan Tribune: South Sudan presidential advisor reveals alleged plot to assassinate VP Machar 31 Mar: A senior adviser to South Sudan President, Salva Kiir has disclosed what he claimed to be a plot to assassinate Riek Machar, the vice president of the semi-autonomous region, as well as five other senior army officers after the country’s July independence declaration.,38448

AFP: South Sudan security 'seize newspapers' 03 Apr: South Sudan security forces seized copies of a newspaper to quash a story quoting rebel claims that they would attack the Southern capital, the editor-in-chief said on Saturday.


Reuters: Sudan's North, South militarise disputed Abyei – UN 30 Mar: Sudan's North and South have deployed forces with heavy weapons to disputed Abyei, militarising the tinderbox oil-producing region, the U.N. peacekeeping mission's force commander said on Wednesday.

AFP: Sudan says no Abyei vote without Misseriya 31 Mar: Sudan's President Omar al-Bashir has insisted the problem of Abyei cannot be resolved without the participation of the Arab Misseriya tribe in a referendum on the status of the disputed border region.

Sudan Tribune: Any new conflict over Abyei will end in Kordofan – South Sudanese official 31 Mar: A key official from the regional government of South Sudan on Thursday warned that war involving the North against the South could involve fighting in the Misseriya town of Muglad in South Kordofan,38449


BBC: South Sudan training Darfur rebels – Bashir adviser 29 Mar: An adviser to President Omar al-Bashir has accused Southern leaders of training rebels from Darfur in order to destabilise the North.

AFP: Sudan issues Darfur referendum decree, rebels baulk 30 Mar: President Omar al-Bashir issued a decree on Tuesday paving the way for a referendum on how the Darfur region should be governed, a move slammed by rebel groups claiming it would torpedo the faltering peace talks.

Sudan Tribune: US diplomat disapproves Sudan’s plan for a referendum in Darfur 31 Mar: A US diplomat has disapproved Khartoum’s plan to hold a referendum on Darfur’s administrative status saying the government and rebel groups should make agreements on the issues first.,38453

North Sudan

Reuters: Observers fear weak polls in Sudan flashpoint region 29 Mar: Observers on Tuesday expressed concern that long-delayed elections in Sudan's key oil-producing South Kordofan state could be weakened by low voter turnout and confusing procedures.

AFP: Sudan doctors in pay protest 31 Mar: Some 300 Sudanese doctors demonstrated at the main hospital in Khartoum on Wednesday demanding that the government honour an agreement made last year to increase their salaries, as food prices continue to rise.

Reuters: Sudanese protesters take message to air waves 02 Apr:  Sudanese protesters took to the airwaves on Saturday after failing via the Internet to mobilise anti-government marches like those in neighbouring Egypt and Libya.

AFP: Sudan MP says 150,000 starving in Red Sea state 03 Apr: A Sudanese opposition MP said on Saturday that 150,000 people are suffering from hunger in his constituency in an impoverished region of Red Sea state and called on those responsible to resign.

Sudan Tribune: Sudanese parliament speaker rejects presidency directive to allow Southern MPs 03 Apr: The Sudan People Liberation Movement (SPLM) revealed on Sunday that the presidency issued a decree instructing that Southern MPs should be allowed to join the new legislative session despite opposition by the speaker.,38479