Home | News    Sunday 24 July 2011

Former rebels get Darfur regional authority and a national ministry


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.

JPEG - 54.2 kb
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.


Comments on the Sudan Tribune website must abide by the following rules. Contravention of these rules will lead to the user losing their Sudan Tribune account with immediate effect.

- No inciting violence
- No inappropriate or offensive language
- No racism, tribalism or sectarianism
- No inappropriate or derogatory remarks
- No deviation from the topic of the article
- No advertising, spamming or links
- No incomprehensible comments

Due to the unprecedented amount of racist and offensive language on the site, Sudan Tribune tries to vet all comments on the site.

There is now also a limit of 400 words per comment. If you want to express yourself in more detail than this allows, please e-mail your comment as an article to comment@sudantribune.com

Kind regards,

The Sudan Tribune editorial team.
  • 24 July 2011 11:03, by Nhomlawda

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

    repondre message

    • 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.

      repondre message

      • 24 July 2011 13:00, by wiseman

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

        repondre message

  • 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

    repondre message

    • 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!

      repondre message

      • 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..

        repondre message

    • 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

      repondre message

Comment on this article

The following ads are provided by Google. SudanTribune has no authority on it.

Sudan Tribune

Promote your Page too

Latest Comments & Analysis

James Dak’s case:: Why death sentence should be canceled 2018-02-19 14:27:34 By Peter Gai Manyuon On Monday 12th of February 2018, a South Sudan court in Juba sentenced James Gatdet Dak to death by hanging, citing several provisions in the constitution as the basis upon (...)

The Position of the SPLM-N on Relief Delivery Same Wine, Old Bottles! 2018-02-18 06:50:42 By Elwathig Kameir On January 19, 2017, I published an article titled “Armed Struggle and Civil Resistance in Sudan: Catch 22,” from which I quote the following opening paragraphs (from i to iii): (...)

Without meaningful change Sudan will descend into chaos 2018-02-16 11:14:31 Economic failures, armed conflicts, and power struggles within the regime have pushed Sudan towards a tipping point By Ahmed H Adam Sudan's political crisis has reached its worst since the coup (...)


Latest Press Releases

Petition for release of Agou John Wuoi from prison 2018-02-15 20:45:31 Open letter to South Sudan President Salva Kiir Your Excellency, Kindly please permit me to take this rare opportunity to appreciate you for every effort you have made toward making South Sudan (...)

AUHIP Communiqué on Sudan & SPLM-N talks for cessation of hostilities agreement 2018-02-05 13:04:16 African Union High-Level Implementation Panel for Sudan and South Sudan Joint Statement on Unilateral Ceasefire, Cessation of Hostilities and Completion of Negotiations 1) With the facilitation (...)

South Sudanese rights group call to release political detainees 2017-12-10 07:50:31 THE INTERNATIONAL HUMAN RIGHTS DAY: 10 DECEMBER 2017: SSHURSA CALLS ON ALL TO ACTION FOR SOUTH SUDANESE The 10 December usually marks the international human rights day. SSHURSA notes with (...)


Copyright © 2003-2018 SudanTribune - All rights reserved.