Sudan’s appointment of state governors rejected by political parties

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KHARTOUM, July 23 (Xinhua) — The appointment of civilian governors for the country’s states, which was announced on Wednesday, has widely been rejected by various political parties.

Sudan’s National Umma Party, which is one of the most important components of the Freedom and Change Alliance, announced its rejection to participate in the declared government institutions.

“Our party’s position favors the national interests over partisanship and personality,” said Siddiq Mohamed Ismail, deputy chairman of the party, at a press conference.

The Sudanese Professionals Association, a member of the freedom and change alliance, declared its objection to the way the state governors were selected.

It criticized what it termed the “partisan quotas approach.”

Meanwhile, in Kassala State in eastern Sudan, protesters blocked major streets in the state’s capital and burned tires inside the state’s government headquarters in protest against appointment of the new governor.

On Wednesday, Sudanese Prime Minister Abdalla Hamdok appointed 18 civilian governors for the states, including two women for the first time.

“Appointment of civilian governors for the states constitutes a completion for the structures of the transitional period,” said Hamdok at a press conference in the capital Khartoum Wednesday.

The appointment of state governors had faltered for about 10 months amid differences over the structures of Sudan’s transitional authority. Enditem

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