Sudanese President Omar al-Bashir and officials attend the launch of the Darfur Regional Authority
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Sudan launches Darfur Regional Authority

Sudan's president has launched a body intended to kick-start development in the war-torn western region of Darfur.

The new Darfur Regional Authority aims to share power and wealth, compensate those affected by the nine-year war, and help the return of displaced people.

It was formed as part of a peace deal to end the war, and signed by one of Darfur's weaker rebel movements.

But the other rebel groups, who say they are fighting against their marginalisation, rejected the deal.

James Copnall reports.

  • 09 Feb 2012
  • From the section Africa