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FIFA Secretary General Fatma Samoura Has Been Named 'General Delegate for Africa' To Implement Reform in the CAF

Samoura's short-term appointment is the Confederation of African Football's attempt to improve governance and administration in the organization.

FIFA and the Confederation of African Football (CAF) have announced a plan to implement the improvement of governance, transparency and administration in the organization, BBC Sport reports.

In a proposal from CAF President Ahmad Ahmad, Fatma Samoura's duties as FIFA's secretary general will now coincide with her appointment as FIFA General Delegate for Africa for 6 months beginning August 1.


The Executive Committee gathered in Cairo Wednesday to seek the global football association's insights to assess the CAF's current issues regarding corruption and breach of trust. Samoura's new appointment will ensure that the CAF will move forward with transparency and efficiency, with approval of FIFA's President, according to a statement.

Senegal's own Samoura will partner with Ahmad and collaborate with experts to oversee operational management of CAF, the ensure the efficient and professional organization of all competitions in the governing body and to support the growth and development of football in all countries and regions of CAF.

FIFA and CAF have also agreed to conduct a full forensic audit of the African governing body.

In order for Samoura to oversee this undertaking, FIFA has approved for her to delegate her roles as secretary general within the association's internal regulations. The appointment is set to conclude by the end of January 2020, though it may be renewed by both organizations.

This measure from FIFA and CAF came to be as Ahmad has been under scrutiny as of late, from being questioned by French authorities to the controversy linked to the African Champions League final, as well as the schedule for the 2019, 2021 and 2023 AFCON finals.

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Sudan Declares State of Emergency, As Military Dissolves Transitional Government

As the North African country edged closer to democracy, Sudan's military has seized power.

Sudan's military has seized power over the North African country, arresting multiple civilian leaders, including the current Prime Minister Abdalla Hamdok. The power-sharing, unstable coalition, called the Sovereign Council, was created as a transitional government after the fall of dictator Omar al-Bashir in 2019, in an attempt to move towards a democratic Sudan.

The Sudanese public has been split in recent weeks as groups protested for a military-run state, while others pushed for a civilian lead, democratic nation. Last week, the Prime Minister vocalized his plans towards a full transition to civilian rule, and his plans to have that body in place by November 17, echoing the voices of thousands of Sudanese demonstrators who showed up in hoards to demand that the promise of Sudan's pro-democracy movement be honored. But on Monday the PM and multiple government ministers and officials were placed under arrest, resulting in Sudan's top general's declaring State of Emergency.

General Abdel Fattah al-Burhan said in a televised statement, "To rectify the revolution's course, we have decided to declare a state of emergency nationwide… dissolve the transitional sovereign council, and dissolve the cabinet." His statement came as soldiers fired live rounds at anti-military protestors, outside of the army headquarters in the capital.

Internet services were cut across the country around dawn and the main roads and bridges into Khartoum shut, before soldiers stormed the headquarters of Sudan's state broadcaster in the capital's twin city of Omdurman, the ministry said. After months of rising tensions in the country, army and paramilitary troops have been deployed across the capital city, Khartoum, with the airports and internet access being shut down. As a result of the coup, hundreds of protestors have taken to the streets, demanding the return of a civilian ruled and the transitional government, the BBC reports.

Demonstrators have spread to a number of Sudanese cities including Atbara, Wad Madani, and Port Sudan, and more are expected to attend the call for action. "We will not leave the streets until the civilian government is back and the transition is back," protest attendee Sawsan Bashir told AFP. While demonstrator Haitham Mohamed says, "We are ready to give our lives for the democratic transition in Sudan."


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