Darfur governor Minni Minnawi pleads his case on international tour
After Doha, Paris and London, the governor of the Darfur region, Suliman Arcua Minnawi, aka Minni Minnawi, is expected in Washington in November.
Though officially no longer part of the talks, the army has been commenting on and proposing changes to the Sudan Bar Association draft constitution, a text most stakeholders support. However, some of the junta's allies remain staunchly opposed to the new text.
The prominent governor of Darfur lacks levers of influence in this region, which remains largely dependent on the goodwill of the central government. As the area slides once again into inter-ethnic violence, Minni Minnawi's patience is being sorely tested.
The peace accord between Darfur rebels and Khartoum, though sponsored by Qatar, was signed not in Doha but in Juba. The Emiratis, who are actively rebuilding their networks in Sudan, were behind this latest diplomatic setback for Qatar.