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Sudanese Parliament Endorse State of Emergency

The Sudanese National Assembly has voted today to back President Omar Al Bashir’s decision to impose an indefinite state of emergency in Blue Nile State as fighting between the Sudan People’s Liberation Army (SPLA) northern sector and Sudan Armed Forces continue in Southern Kordofan and Blue Nile.

The SPLA -northern sector has formalized ties with Justice and Equality Movement in Darfur in their attempts to remove the ruling National Congress Party from power. VOA’s reporter Alsanosi Ahmed attended the Sudanese National Assembly special sesseion in Khartoum today.

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    John Tanza

    John Tanza works out of VOA’s Washington headquarters and is the managing editor and host of the  South Sudan In Focus radio program.
    Before joining VOA, John worked in Nairobi, Kenya where he established the first independent radio station (Sudan Radio Service) for the people of Sudan. He has covered several civil wars both in Sudan and South Sudan and has been engaged in the production of civic education materials for creating awareness about post conflict issues facing Sudanese and South Sudanese. John has interviewed South Sudan President Salva Kiir, former Vice President Riek Machar, Vice President Wani Igga, leader of Sudan’s Umma Party Sadiq Al Mahdi in addition to other senior United Nations and U.S government officials in South Sudan and Washington. His travels have taken him across to Australia, New Zealand, Germany, Egypt, Ethiopia, Syria, DRC Congo and parts East Africa where he reported on the South Sudanese diaspora and the challenges facing them.
    A South Sudanese national, John enjoys listening to music from all over the world, reads academic books, watches documentaries and listens to various radio stations on the internet.  You can follow John on Twitter at @Abusukon