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Former rebels get Darfur regional authority and a national ministry

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July 23, 2011 (KHARTOUM) — The former rebel Liberation and Justice Movement (LJM) has got the chairmanship of Darfur regional authority and a national ministry according to an agreement reached with the Sudanese government.

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LJM chairman Tijani Al Sissi (C) and his deputy Ahemd Abdel Shafi (L) at the signing ceremony of a peace agreement with the Sudanese government in Doha on 14 July 2011 (photo Olivier Ghassot - UNAMID)

Khartoum and LJM signed a peace agreement on 14 July in Doha after one year of talks between the two parties and two years and half since the start of Doha peace process.

The Justice and Equality Movement (JEM), which inaugurated the Doha forum by signing a goodwill agreement with Khartoum in February 2009, demands to hold talks on the seven chapters of a framework peace document but the government refuses.

Amin Hassan Omer Sudan’s top negotiator and Ahmed Abdel Sahafi LJM Vice-President inked the “Protocol on the Political Participation of the Liberation and Justice Movement and Integration of its Forces" on 16 July.

According to a copy seen by Sudan Tribune, the chairmanship of Darfur Regional Authority (DRA), which will supervise the implementation of the Doha peace deal, is allocated to rebel group.

The former rebels also will get the position of a governor for one of two additional states to be established in Darfur besides the existing three states. LJM will also have an assistant and an adviser to DRA chairperson besides three ministerial positions in the regional authority.

Regarding the DRA Council, a sort of regional parliament established by the peace agreement composed of 67 members, LJM will to allocated 17 seats among them the vice-chairperson of the Council.

A military delegation of the former rebels is expected to arrive in Darfur on 24 July to brief the commanders of the group and their combatants about the agreement. However, no date has been yet determined for the return of the LJM political leadership.

The establishment of Darfur regional authority and the two new states are expected to be signed in Khartoum by the Sudanese president who will also reshuffle his cabinet.

According to the 16 July agreement, a minister and two state ministers will be appointed in the new national government.

Sudan Tribune has learned that a similar number of ministerial post in the national and regional levels is reserved to the Justice and Equality Movement with the chairmanship of the regional parliament, if it sign a peace agreement with the national government.

The former rebels have been also allocated six ministers in Darfur states and twenty six deputies in the state parliaments besides a number of commissioners.

Sudanese government agreed to appoint a vice-president of the republic from Darfur but said he would be a member of the ruling National Congress Party and refused to allocate this position to the western Sudan region in the new constitution.

Nafei Ali Nafei, the influential presidential assistant, said the Sudanese army will fight the other groups who refuse to join the peace agreement. While Ibrahim Gambari, head of Darfur peacekeeping force and ad interim mediator, called on the Sudanese parties to sign a truce and to engage peace talks.

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  • 24 July 2011 11:03, by Nhomlawda

    For how long will Darfur LJM honeymoon with Khartoum last? Ask Suliman Arcua Minni Minawi for answers.

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    • 24 July 2011 12:33, by DeltaBravo

      What i have seen from Darfur Leaders is power and money anger. They were not fighting for their people. It is their interested that they were fighting for.

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      • 24 July 2011 13:00, by wiseman

        When will they be the really freedom fighter for the seek of there people who have died.

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  • 24 July 2011 13:25, by Adam

    Has anyone read the Agreement in details? Please don’t comment on something not made public in its full and final form.

    Anyway, Darfur issue is not as complicated as Abyei or other pending issues with the GoS. In fact, Darfur problem is not directly our problem in the RoSS

    It will be good for us in the South that Abyei and other post-split issues are resolved fast and in a just peaceful way.

    Darfur is a Northern issue and it is for the interest for us in the South to distance ourselves from supporting those who failed to join Doha, which is regionally and internationally recognized. Minnawi, Khalil and Wahid can never be right while everybody else is not. These guys are disoriented and stubborn for nothing.

    Please remember that stable and prosperous Sudan is an asset for the RoSS and its people. Am I right?

    Adam Milawaki, Kwajok

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    • 25 July 2011 00:41, by Good Citizen

      You over there, there is nothing call Darfur Peace IF Dr.Ibrahim Khalil and Abdel Wahid alNur have not signed any paper.those whose signed the bogus agreement are just the Khartuom stooges and real people of Darfur have no trust in them.they are purely self interested stooges, baboons who don’t know what they were fighting for.Tommorrow Al Bashir will kick their asses out of this nonsense call DRA and nosensical ministries. fight for real principles, not positions!

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      • 25 July 2011 00:48, by ebony

        You are right..and these Darfurian leaders you mentioned have wasted a lot of RoSS money..so they have to find their own way..they are waining for money from here and there..NO SINGLE PENCE will be paid..enough is enough ..we have people hunagry..lacking decent housing and educaiton ..they desreve every single pence..

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    • 25 July 2011 00:44, by ebony

      You are entirely right..we are sick of these (Nothern) sudan problems and conflcit..it is as you said if they are stable that wont be a bad thing for RoSS..and please please to all politicans distance yourself from this Darfur issue..if there is money..we have people dying of hunger..children who do not find decent schools..invest on those and do not waste money on Abdul Wahid, Kahlid and others..RoSS has done more than its duty towards them..no more money will be waisted on them,,,every sinlge pence should go to South Sudan people and South Sudan people ONLY

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