SPLM suspends its participation in Khartoum government

11 October 2007 (Miraya FM)

The Sudan Peoples’ Liberation Movement (SPLM) issued a statement announcing that it has suspended its participation in the government of national unity until its partners in the National Congress Party (NCP) meet a list of demands.

Miraya FM’s reporter in Juba, Silvanos Yokoju, says that the problems listed in the statement include delays in the implementation of the Abyei Protocol.

The statement also complained about Khartoum’s lack of transparency in distributing oil revenues.

Our reporter says that that SPLM formed a committee headed by the Governor of the Blue Nile State, Malik Aqqar, to follow up these demands with the NCP.

Reuters news agencey quoted SPLM secretary-general, Pagan Amum, as saying at a news conference that his party "recalled all ministers and presidential advisers from the government of national unity."

"Presidential advisers, ministers and state ministers will not report to work until these contentious issues are resolved," he added.

Amum also complained that the NCP had failed to carry out many provisions of the Comprehensive Peace Agreement.


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