Southern Sudan ex-rebels nominate Vice-president Kiir as presidential candidate

Sep 02, 2007 (BBC Monitoring via COMTEX News Network)

The [former rebel] Sudan People's Liberation movement [SPLM] has put an end to disagreements regarding the forthcoming presidential elections.

During a mass rally yesterday in Kadugli, capital of southern Kordofan, SPLM leaders said that [the first vice president of the republic and president of the government of south Sudan] Lt-Gen Salva Kiir Mayardit would be nominated as their candidate for the post.

The SPLM secretary general Pagan Amum said the decision was taken to support what he called, the revolution of the marginalized and poor people to gain their full rights through the polls.

Amum further called for a broad alliance between the Nuba, southerners, Angasana, Fur, Halfawin in the far north and Hadandawa tribes in the east in order to wrest their rights from what he called "the Jalabah [northerners'] state."

Amum added that the Al-Misiriyah, Hawazmah and Bargu tribes were also considered marginalized peoples. [Passage omitted.]

In another vein, the deputy governor of southern Kordofan, Daniel Kodi, revealed information on the assassination attempt against him in Kosti [White Nile State] on Friday [31 August]. Kodi told Akhir Lahzah that one suspect had been arrested and transferred to Kadugli.

He explained that the issue was now in the hands of judicial and police authorities who should reveal the circumstances of the incident and identify the perpetrators and their backers.

Kodi further said he did not accuse any particular side but that the suspect was not from southern Kordofan. However, Kodi said the central government was to blame because it obstructed development in southern Kordofan.

Source: Akhir Lahzah website, Khartoum, in Arabic 2 Sep 07


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