1 Dead, 30 Wounded in Protests Against New Governor of South Darfur

Posted January 25th, 2012 at 5:05 pm (UTC-5)
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Police say one person was killed in violent protests Wednesday against the ousting of the governor of Sudan's South Darfur state.

Witnesses report tires burning in the streets, looted stores, and smashed cars throughout the state capital of Nyala. Officials say one protester was shot to death and about 30 other demonstrators and police officers wounded.

The violence broke out Tuesday during ceremonies introducing the new South Darfur governor, Hamid Ismail, who was appointed by Sudanese President Omar al-Bashir.

Mr. al-Bashir removed South Darfur's elected governor, Abdul Hamid Musa Kasha, who refused to accept the president's offer of another post.

The gubernatorial move is part of Mr. al-Bashir's plan to create two new states in Darfur, bringing the number to five.

The United Nations says nearly 10 years of fighting between rebels and government-backed Arab militias in Darfur have killed 300,000 people and created a refugee crisis. The International Criminal Court has charged President al-Bashir with genocide.

The Sudanese government puts the Darfur death toll at 10,000.