El Hilu is appointed as Deputy Secretary General of Sudan’s SPLM

By Manyang Mayom

January 20, 2008 (Sudan Tribune)

The Chairman of the Sudan People’s Liberation Movement, (SPLM) appointed one of its leading members Abdel Aziz El Hilu as deputy Secretary General of the party.

Salva Kiir Mayadrit, who is also the First Vice President and the president of southern Sudan government issued the decree of designation on January 13.

Abdel Aziz Adam El Hilu has return recently to Sudan after two years of voluntary exile in the USA. He is a close ally of the SPLM Secretary General, Pagan Amum who is appointed as Cabinet affairs minister at the end of the last year.

The decree said that El Hilu is appointed as "SPLM deputy secretary general for organizational affairs with effect from 13th January 2008."

According to the decree he "shall be answerable to the SPLM secretary General and shall perform the following functions:"

Coordinate and oversee the organizational work of the SPLM Southern and Northern sectors and Diaspora. Coordinate and oversee the SPLM programmes of cadres training and development. Oversee the activities of the SPLM General secretariat. Act as SPLM secretary General in the absence of the SPLM secretary general. Perform any other functions or duties that may be assigned to him by the SPLM chairman or SPLM secretary general.

In a separate decree Salva Kiir also appointed El Hilu as chairperson of the Task Force and SPLM Special Envoy on Darfur. He replaces Reverend Clement Janda.

The decree said that this appointment means to reenergize the SPLM role in the resolution of Darfur crisis. The origins of El Hilu who represents the Nuba Mountains, are from Darfur. Edward Lino and Yasir Arman are also reappointed members of Darfur task force.

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