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Musa Mahdi, from a businessman to a governor of South Darfur

Following the announcement of Musa Mahdi,  as  governor  of South Darfur state , within the list  of the temporary civilian governors at the Prime Minister’s press conference , however,   his selection  has taken so many of the State’s citizen by surprise. Given the fact that the name of mahdi was not included in the list of options that South Darfur had sent to the center.

Musa Mahdi Ishaq was born in 1959 in the Ed-AlFursan, which is inhabited mostly by  Bani Halba tribe. He is a retired police officer with the rank of colonel. He worked as the deputy director of the
Damazin police and director of the Khartoum airport’s investigation and director of the Office of the Minister of Interior during the democratic rule of  former Sudanese prime Minster Alsadig Almadi ,
before he Retiring  in 1989.

He holds a Bachelor degree in law from the University of Cairo, Khartoum branch,  after leaving the police work, he entered the field of trade and founded several companies including Nyala Investment
Company, the Eight stars Company, Masdal Investment Company, and also a founding member of Riyad Mining Company.

Ishaq is  politically affiliated to the  National Umma Party, headed by Sadiq al-Mahdi, where he held organizational positions in it, including a member of the National Political Bureau and a member of
the Central Committee for three rounds and head of state affairs.

After the announcement of Musa Mahdi, as  Governor of South Darfur, at the press conference by Prime Minister Dr. Abdallah Hamdouk, there were divisions  among social media users in the State,  between
supporters and  opponents for the selection.

Three political blocs of FFC (the national consensus, civil society, and professionals’ group) announced their rejection of candidate Musa Mahdi, during a press conference held on Thursday in Hamdou Hall,
while the Sudan Call and Federal Assembly political blocs did not express their views regarding   the selection of South Darfur Governor.

The Arab Baath Party,  South Darfur State, said  in a statement that the choice of Musa Mahdi was unsuccessful and  was considered a detour around the wishes and aspirations of the state’s citizens.

The forces of freedom and change( FFC) had established specific criteria and a method for choosing governors, among which the coordination of alliances in the states would raise five candidates
for the Central Council in Khartoum to choose one of them.

The Leader for Freedom and Change and member of the Nominations Committee for the Governor’s Office in South Darfur, Maha Ramadan, told Darfur 24,  that choosing Musa Mahdi was rejected by the forces
of freedom and change in the state. “He was among the candidates for the position, but he was excluded because he did not meet the criteria set by the forces of freedom and change.”

Maha explained that among the criteria established and that must be met in the candidate for the position of governor is that he be a resident of the state, while Isaac is a resident of the state of
Khartoum, so he was excluded from the list of five candidates.

Umma Party refuse to participates in the States’ government  At a time when the masses of the state refuse to the new governor, the National Umma Party surprised everyone and announced its refusal to participate in states’ government, and asked its selected members
to withdraw from the government.

The party’s deputy leader, Lieutenant-General Siddiq Ismail, said during a press conference on Thursday that most of the party’s governors who appeared on the prime minister’s list were not nominated
by the party, noting that the party’s list of governors was ready with the signature of Imam Al-Sadiq al-Mahdi.
The youth of the Nyala City Initiative, accused the appointed governor, Musa Mahdi Ishaq, of having been cooperating with the former regime, declaring in a statement their  rejection of the appointment
decision,  threatening to resist it by all means.

“He  offended the revolution through  radio Nyala broadcast  in March 2019, where he described the youth of the revolution as saboteurs” Nyala Youth Initiative concluded.

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