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Sudan’s prime minister has shocked many by appointing a former rebel leader, Minni Minawi, as the governor of the troubled Darfur region.
In a statement released yesterday, Abdalla Hamdok said the appointment was part of last year’s peace agreement that was signed by the government and various rebel groups with the aim of ending conflicts in the country.
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Minni Minawi led the Sudanese Liberation Army – one of the main rebel groups during the civil war in Darfur that began in 2003.
In recent months, there’s been an escalation of violence in Darfur following the withdrawal of UN peacekeepers.
Dozens of people have been killed in inter-ethnic clashes and there have been growing calls for militias to be disarmed.
AFRICA DAILY NEWS, NEW YORK