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New Sudan Council woman vows to uphold rights of all

The leader of Sudan's transitional council looks on as military and civilian members of Sudan's new ruling body, the Sovereign Council, are sworn in at the presidential palace in Khartoum, Sudan, August 21

The leader of Sudan's transitional council looks on as military and civilian members of Sudan's new ruling body, the Sovereign Council, are sworn in at the presidential palace in Khartoum, Sudan, August 21

One of two women appointed to Sudan's newly created Sovereign Council on Wednesday said she will uphold the rights of all Sudanese people.

Raja Nichola Abdulmessih, the only Christian on the 11-member council, said all Sudanese deserve to have their constitutional rights protected.

"Our rights are stipulated and enshrined in the constitution. We just need to practice and demand these rights as any Sudanese citizen, regardless of our religion, our affiliation, our race or color. We are just Sudanese citizens and Christian," she told South Sudan in Focus.

Abdulmessih said the Sovereign Council's first priority should be silencing the guns across the country. 

"We shall try to rebuild our economy, we shall begin to stop all the armed movements and work for peace and justice for all Sudanese," Abdulmessih told VOA.

She urged revolutionaries across Sudan to be patient as the new, transitional government is formed.

"What happened in 30 years cannot be rebuilt in three years. But we shall try our best to do whatever we can. We shall be holding a lot of meetings with our head of the council and we hope things shall work out," Abdulmessih told VOA.

Sudan's new Prime Minister Abdalla Hamdok also was sworn on Wednesday. Hamdok vowed that achieving peace and solving the country's economic crisis would be his top priorities.

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+4 #1 Lysol 2019-08-23 21:35
The new junta/civilian leaders should trade carefully and not listen to the advice of the likes of M7.

Kenyetta did a good job and sealed the deal and brought an ended to the impasse between the two groups.
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0 #2 Akot 2019-08-24 19:58
Lysol, thanks.

The first & most important step for Sudan, if it wants concrete start & help from Europe, is to say NO to continued migration of Sudanese to Europe & start working to give FREE Education to students in Secondary/High Schools & Training/University!

President Kenyatta MUST give B. Obama Honorary Citizenship as this will give chance for Kenyans to put behind old querrels/fears! This is especially needed as it's Kenyatta who gave chance for kenya to have a fresh start & now he MUST give B. Obama chance to help Kenyans unconditionally & without fear!

Kenyatta MUST know B. Obama holding Honorary Citizenship of Kenya will open doors/windows for Kenya to get real help/start real politics for the benefit of, especially the poor left behind, but are the ones populating the country with more poor! Why want help/advice from Americans/Europeans, but not from B. Obama?...
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