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January 15, 2023

Bloomberg News: Southern Sudan Party Names Presidential Candidates.  Southern Sudan's leader, Salva Kiir, will run for president of the semi-autonomous region instead of challenging Umar al-Bashir for the presidency of Sudan in April elections, a spokeswoman for his party said.  The Sudan People's Liberation Movement, which rules Southern Sudan, named a top party official in the north, Yasser Arman, as its candidate for the Sudanese presidency, Keji Germelili, an SPLM spokeswoman, said today in a telephone interview in Khartoum, the capital.

The Economist: Sudan's coming elections-How did it come to this? 
ON JANUARY 11th Omar al-Bashir, Sudan's president, resigned as head of the army, as the constitution requires, in order to accept his party's nomination as its presidential candidate in a general election due in April. The Sudan People's Liberation Movement (SPLM), the dominant party in the semi-autonomous region of south Sudan and ostensibly the main opposition party throughout the country, is set to announce its own candidate. But it is likely to be a lesser figure than its leader Salva Kiir, himself by no means charismatic. Some guess that the SPLM may not even put up a candidate against Mr Bashir at all.

Reuters: Sudan needs more funds for referendum, report says.  Sudan needs more cash and support from donor countries if its national elections and a southern referendum on independence are to take place safely, the body monitoring the north-south peace deal said on Thursday. The 2005 pact ended two decades of civil war in Africa's largest country. However, its implementation has been slow, as has the delivery of almost $5 billion pledged by donors to develop the war-ravaged south.  Sudan's first multi-party elections in 24 years are due in less than three months and a referendum is scheduled in southern Sudan next January on whether to secede from the north.

Voice of America: Clashes in Darfur as Elections Raise Tensions.
Armed clashes have re-emerged in western Sudan's Darfur region, with a rebel group attacking government forces.  The Darfur rebel Sudan Liberation Movement group that is still allied to exiled founder Abdel Wahid Al-Nur says it attacked the government positions at Golo town in the mountainous Jebel Marra region in north Darfur.  A rebel commander said the attack was in retaliation for government bombings against rebel areas.

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