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Three Major Figures from Sudan's Transitional Military Council Have Stepped Down

This is a victory for the people of Sudan who want the military to hand over power to civilians.

According to the BBC, three major lieutenants from the ruling Transitional Military Council have stepped down. Lieutenants Omar Zain al-Abideen, Jalal al-Deen al-Sheikh and Al-Tayeb Babakr Ali Fadeel, tendered their resignations after talks were held between the Transitional Military Council and protest leaders. The three figures are staunch Islamists whose loyalty is with the recently ousted President Omar al-Bashir.


Spokesperson for the military, Lieutenant-General Shamseddine Kabbashi, said earlier that a committee had been established between the military and the protest leaders in an effort to better understand and smooth over their differences.

One of the demands of the Sudanese Professionals Association (SPA), the group primarily behind the protests, were met after the resignation of the three military figures who were involved in the deadly crackdown that led to dozens of protesters being killed.

READ: Sudanese Military Leaders Attempt To Reassure Protesters After Rejecting 2-Year Military Takeover

However, Dr Sara Abdelgalil who is a member of the SPA said that they were planning a massive march that they hoped would comprise of approximately 1 million civilians. Abdelgalil said, "What we are hoping to do today is to continue our peaceful resistance...What we are hoping to do today is to continue our peaceful resistance."

Thousands of Sudanese civilians have been arriving in the capital city of Khartoum as they prepare to increase the pressure on the military so as to bring about democratic reform.

It is reported that al-Bashir is still being held in solitary confinement at the notorious Kobar prison in the capital city. Aside from the International Criminal Court having charged al-Bashir with war crimes and for his involvement in the Darfur genocide, he is now being investigated for money laundering after suitcases of money were found in his home.

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Ghanaian Designer Steve French On The Influence of Cartoons & Earning A Gucci Fellowship

He's been designing fashion since 2015, but Steve French doesn't mind how long people take to notice his work - just as long as they notice.

Steve French personifies the thought that unwavering faith in one’s talent and capabilities can open doors. The Ghanaian fashion designer, stylist and illustrator didn’t make the initial top 10 for the 2019 Gucci Design Fellowship program but the organizers ended up expanding the list to include him because of his aptitude.

Launched in March 2019, the program is part of the luxury fashion brand’s initiative to offer opportunities to underrepresented designers, and to promote cultural exchanges between people from different backgrounds. The fellows get to learn from the Creative Director of Gucci, Alessandro Michele, and his team for a year. Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, French’s class shifted, and they began their fellowship in March this year.

“The 11th designer from Ghana [French] was a decision taken today,” stated Marco Bizzari, President and Chief Executive Officer of Gucci, about the decision to add French to the mix, as reported on fashion website, WWD. “The team didn’t want to let him go.”

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