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January 8, 2011 (KHARTOUM) — The Federal Alliance of Eastern Sudan (FAES), a splinter group of the former rebel Eastern Front, merged today with the Justice and Equality Movement (JEM) reaffirming the need to step up resistance to overthrow Bashir’s government.

The Eastern Front, a former rebel group in eastern Sudan, signed a peace agreement sponsored by the Eritrean government on 14 October 2007. The deal ended a rebellion started in 1996 with the support of an umbrella of opposition groups called National Democratic Alliance including the SPLM.

The FAES rejected the peace accord and claimed it was forged by Eritrean and Sudanese governments to normalize bilateral relations but it does not contribute to end the marginalization of the region or bring economic development.

Speaking from a JEM controlled area, FAES leader Abdel Moneim Muhi Al-Deen Ahmed told Sudan Tribune that their decision to merge with the western Sudan rebel group was motivated by their desire to end the domination of the center represented by the government of the National Congress Party (NCP).

"The Justice and Equality Movement has a national vision and also include people from the different regions representing the diversity of all the Sudan. So, we are part of this project aiming to end the domination of the center represented by the National Congress Party."

The FAES joined JEM with 270 soldier and five of its leadership council. Adam Abdalla Yahia, the secretary general of the eastern Sudan rebel group said further members of their group will join JEM bases.

He however refused to disclose from where they were speaking by a satellite phone.

In the past before to sign a peace agreement with the government, JEM and eastern Sudan rebels carried out joint military operations against the Sudanese army. At the time the two rebel groups were supported by Eritrea.

Yahia said they started talks on the merger with JEM since eight months ago.

Asked about their position from their former comrades who are now in the national government or regional institutions; FAES Secretary General termed them of "serving as public relations employees for the NCP government".

The eastern Sudan region suffers from chronic poverty and complains of marginalization by the political powers in Khartoum.

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  • 9 January 2011 10:31, by Jur Tier

    Absolutely, there is no doubt that the peace agreement was meant to silence the uprising of the people of the Eastern Sudan [ The Federal Alliance of Eastern Sudan/FAES ]. The people of the Eastern Sudan should learn from that experience and begin working out what to do next. Khartoum government is a body with a secret mission within Sudan aiming at wiping out the indigenous African population simply to keep Sudan, the African Greatest land, as Arabs’ nation. However, the indigenous Sudanese of today are not like of the 1230s.

    Should any Sudanese from Eastern Sudan feel determined to voice their concerns, then the world will hear them. Remember that it will be your turn to face the music from the Khartoum regime now that the South is breaking away.
    Remember also that for every Movement, there is lost of lives. And every single life lost and bloodshed, comes freedom for all and that’s what South had been through all these years of struggle.

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    • 9 January 2011 13:23, by Facts Check

      The NCP needs to seriously deal with the marginalization of the rest of the country to avoid endless violence. Suppressing those who are demanding equality by arms will not help at all. If Bashir cares about Sudan he should seek a radical shift from current practices. He should stop listening to his generals who like to tell him that they will squash this or that within two days just ot go war. We know how long it is taking to squash Darfur rebels. Peaceful solutions are better and lasting.

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    • 10 January 2011 03:52, by Young Nation

      Is this the begining of the end of Northern Sudan as a viable sovereign State? More have been said about the possibility of the emerging South Sudan Nation becoming a fail State. Which is a failing State now, North or South Sudan, especially when one consider numerous political development musrooming within Northern Sudan? The ball in the court of North/South Sudan political analysts to judge whic part of Sudan, North or South is becoming an un-governable entity. As one of Sudan political spectators, my judgement is that, North is is surely the fail State. Developments in Western and Eastern Sudan are reasons for my political judgement on North Sudan political Status.

      Young Nation is a graduate of Internation Relations and a Student of Master of Intertional Law at Sydney University, Australia

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  • 9 January 2011 11:23, by Deng E. Manyuon

    The centre should take the unfolding event and development seriously!

    Deng

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