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Vice-president Taha seeks to strengthen state authority in Darfur

September 12, 2013 (KHARTOUM) - Sudanese first vice-president Ali Osman Taha has moved to restore confidence in state authority in Darfur and to provide the necessary means to the different authorities following the increase of tribal attacks and criminal violence in the region.

Sudan’s 2nd Vice President Ali Osman Taha (Reuters)

The vice-president "directed to impose state authority and to deter law breakers and to support security and justice institutions", East Darfur governor Abdel Hamid Kasha told reporters in Khartoum after a meeting with Taha on Thursday. Interior, finance ministers and the director of national intelligence and security services took part in this meeting.

The meeting also agreed to provide East Darfur state with the transportation means and to equip security services there in order to enable it to fulfill its duties, Kasha further said.

He pointed out that the security situation in the state is calm, and that the Rezeigat and Maalia are committed to the agreement they inked in Al-Tawisha, North Darfur, on 22 August.

Kasha, who is accused by the Maalia of taking the side of his tribe in the conflict, in the state says the newly established East Darfur state is poor and needs the support of the central government to build strong institutions.

East Darfur state, which was part of South Darfur, was established in line with the Doha Document for Peace in Darfur (DDPD) together with Central Darfur state making the number of states five instead of the initial three.

On the other hand the governor of South Darfur state, Adam Mahmoud Jar El-Nabi, inaugurated on Thursday four police stations in four neighbourhoods in Nyala the state capital. Further police stations will be opened in the different parts of the city.

Armed gangs formed by former militiamen have been carrying out attacks on commercial convoys and shops, they also kidnap businessmen and demand ransom.

The governor Jar El-Nabi stated that the lawless situation in Nyala is a "serious indicator" requiring a reaction from the whole local society, adding that the state authorities will deal toughly with the culprits.