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December 3, 2022

Sudan Tribune: SPLM, opposition parties may nominate Sudan ex-PM as presidential candidate.  A coalition of opposition parties along with Sudan People Liberation Movement (SPLM) may jointly nominate former Prime Minister Al-Sadiq Al-Mahdi as candidate to run against president Omer Hassan Al-Bashir in the upcoming presidential elections.  The Kuwaiti news agency (KUNA) quoting unidentified opposition figures said that an agreement was reached after series of meetings that the Umma party leader should be selected to run against the National Congress Party (NCP) leader for president.  The sources said that the list of possible candidates included First Vice President and South Sudan president Salva Kiir, the leader of the Democratic Unionist Party (DUP), Mohammed Osman al-Mirghani, leader of the Umma Reform and Renewal Party (URRP) Mubarak al-Fadil al-Mahdi and other unidentified figures. They did not say if the Popular Congress Party (PCP) leader Hassan Al-Turabi or Sudanese Communist Party (SCP) chief Mohamed Ibrahim Nugud were considered.

Voice of America: African Union Darfur Panel Shifts Focus to Sudanese Elections.  The African Union panel on Darfur led by former South African president Thabo Mbeki is taking on a new mission: trying to foster a transition to democracy in Sudan. The panel's first order of business will be to ensure credible national elections next April.  The nine-member Mbeki panel got down to work meeting officials representing military and diplomatic organizations hoping to help Sudan through a difficult period ahead.  Mr. Mbeki said one of the biggest challenges will be persuading the people of Darfur to participate, and to have faith in the electoral process.  "It is important that the people of Darfur are involved in those elections," he said   "Otherwise you this sense of exclusion and marginalization if the whole country goes to election to choose a president, a national parliament and so on, and the people of Darfur are not part of that process," he said.

Sudan Tribune: Russian envoy to visit Sudan on Thursday.   The Russian special envoy to Sudan, Mikhail Margelov, will start on Thursday a six-day visit to Sudan at the head of a delegation of businessmen, media and press.  The Russian envoy will hold talks with a number of state officials on ways to enhance bilateral relations between the two countries. He also will discuss latest developments on Darfur issue and the implementation of the Comprehensive Peace Agreement.  The envoy is expected to pay a visit to North Darfur state, where he will meet the governor and the acting Joint Special Representative of the African Union-United Nations Hybrid Operation in Darfur (UNAMID) as well as visit some camps of the displaced persons.  Further, Margelov will visit South Kordofan state and Southern Sudan where he will meet with officials from the semi-autonomous government in Juba.  The Russian envoy will meet President Omar Al-Bashir in Khartoum and First Vice-President Salva Kiir Mayadrit in Juba.

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