Sudan: Bashir extends mandate of Darfur Regional Authority for one year

Khartoum, Sudan (PANA) - Sudanese President Omar Bashir has issued a decree extending the mandate of the Darfur Regional Authority (DRA) for one year with effect from 15 July 2015.

According to the Director of the Darfur Peace Office, Dr. Amin Hassan Omar, the president issued the decree Sunday after consultation with the signatory parties to the Doha Document for Peace in Darfur (DDPD), so that the DRA could complete the duties it was assigned under the DDPD.

The DDPD was signed in Doha, Qatar, in 2011, and was to last for five years during which a sizable number of development projects were to be implemented.

The Authority was created a year later to help implement the Doha agreement. It is solely composed of Darfur entities and politicians to manage affairs of their own region, which has been the scene of conflict since 2004.

Two months ago Sudan conducted presidential and general elections. Sudanese legislation stipulates that for any group to contest in the elections, it should convert into a political party, which the Darfur movements did.

For renewal of their commitment to the DDPD and the movements which converted into political parties will separately sign protocols with the government of Sudan to ensure partnership in the Darfur Authority.

Omar told journalists here that the decree provided for signing by the government of separate protocols with the signatory parties, namely, National Liberation and Justice Party, Liberation and Justice Party and the two signatory Justice and Equality Movement factions, for participation in the government's executive and supervisory organs.

Parties sponsoring peace in Darfur and the international committee monitoring implementation of the DDPD would be notified of the decree, he said.

Omar noted that Qatar this year signed a US$500 million deal with the UN Development Programme to implement a number of development programmes in the region during the current fiscal year.

He added that the extension will give the Darfur Authority a say in the implementation of these projects as its role is that of a supervisory and advisory council within the region.
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28 june 2015 19:20:48

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