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December 2, 2009 (WASHINGTON) – A coalition of opposition parties along with Sudan People Liberation Movement (SPLM) may jointly nominate former prime minister Al-Sadiq Al-Mahdi as candidate to run against president Omer Hassan Al-Bashir in the upcoming presidential elections.

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Sudanese presidnt Omer Hassan Al-Bashir (L) and former prime minister Al-Sadiq Al-Mahdi (R)

The Kuwaiti news agency (KUNA) quoting unidentified opposition figures said that an agreement was reached after series of meetings that the Umma party leader should be selected to run against the National Congress Party (NCP) leader for president.

The sources said that the list of possible candidates included First Vice President and South Sudan president Salva Kiir, the leader of the Democratic Unionist Party (DUP), Mohammed Osman al-Mirghani, leader of the Umma Reform and Renewal Party (URRP) Mubarak al-Fadil al-Mahdi and other unidentified figures. They did not say if the Popular Congress Party (PCP) leader Hassan Al-Turabi or Sudanese Communist Party (SCP) chief Mohamed Ibrahim Nugud were considered.

They revealed that the exclusion of Kiir came at the SPLM’s request which saw there was no need for his candidacy for the post with just a few months for the 2011 referendum which ensures he would remain in his current post as first vice president of the country under the 2005 Comprehensive Peace Agreement (CPA).

The technical committees excluded Mirghani for two reasons; the first is that NCP “now controls most of the historical influence of the Mirghani’s party and the second is the existence of information available to some opposition parties over confidential communications between President Bashir and Mirghani to form a coalition to contest the forthcoming elections”.

The DUP leader has refused to join other opposition parties in a conference held in South Sudan capital of Juba last September for unknown reasons and his party officials gave conflicting positions on the summit amid reports that Mirghani is seeking to forge an alliance with NCP.

Later in the day political figures rushed to deny the report saying that no decision has been made yet but confirmed that the principle of a joint candidate is a strong option.

“If we decide to participate in the elections it is most likely that we will have one person,” said Mariam al-Mahdi, Al-Sadiq’s daughter told Agence France Presse (AFP).

However, she stressed that “no decision has been taken yet” about who to back against Bashir in the election due in April next year.

The SPLM Secretary General Pagan Amum said the principle of fielding a joint opposition candidate had been agreed at a congress in September.

“Yes, it is an idea that has been proposed by the secretariat of the Juba conference,” Amum told AFP in an interview.

“Al-Sadiq al-Mahdi is one of the potential candidates, but there are others,” he added.

The leaders of the opposition parties are set to meet later this month to decide on issues including boycotting the elections and the elections strategy should they decide to move ahead with competing.

Al-Mahdi was Prime Minister of Sudan on two occasions: first briefly in 1966-67, and second starting in 1986-1989 before being overthrown in a bloodless coup led by Bashir.

‘ELECTIONS ONLY CHANCE TO BRING A CHANGE’

The URRP leader Mubarak Al-Fadil who has played a major role in bringing the opposition coalition together said that boycotting the elections “should be the last option and not the first one”.

“We are constantly evaluating the political environment and the progress of the voters’ registration process and we will then decide the course of action but we cannot simply surrender and allow the NCP to be the only candidate. Elections is the only chance to bring a change in Sudan, ” Al-Fadil told Sudan Tribune.

“There is almost five weeks before the candidates are allowed to officially declare their candidacy. Many things could happen between now and then so we should not rush in making decisions” he added.

Al-Fadil has said that their monitors have found widespread violations of the elections law including allowing people to register outside the areas where they reside and also Sudanese armed forces and their militias could register at their stations.

“Had we decided to boycott the elections, this fraud would not have been made public. We are aware of the NCP’s ill intentions to defraud the elections but at the same time people must be realize that the NCP is resorting to these tactics because they are weak and could not win in fair and free polls” he added.

The URRP leader said that elections “serve as a catalyst to change and democratic transformation per the CPA and not to maintain the status quo”.

He stressed that all opposition parties along with the SPLM are in agreement about the elections strategy.

Asked about the recent US position questioning the credibility of the April 2010 elections, Al-Fadil credited the “engagement” of the coalition in making Washington and US special envoy Scott Gration “realize the serious flaws in the process”.

“Despite all that we are pushing hard to get as many people to register to vote” he added.

Al-Fadil also noted that Bashir’s status as commander in chief of the army is a breach of the constitution which does not allow him to hold it if he is to run as candidate. He also expressed readiness to support his cousin Al-Mahdi should the other parties decide to tap him for candidacy despite long standing disputes between the two after breaking ranks with him.

The NCP dismissed opposition moves to form an alliance against them in the elections saying the principle is undemocratic.

“We believe that an alliance in an election which is based solely on defeating another party is antidemocratic but we are ready for the contest,” senior NCP official Ibrahim Ghandour told Reuters.

“Parties with different political agenda, from the Muslim Shari’a agenda to the secular agenda, will not come together. If they come together it will be a disaster for the country,” he added.

Observers say that the NCP may get increasingly nervous an alliance against it in the elections despite being in control of state agencies. However, they are also equally skeptical that the opposition parties will follow through citing several parties seeking “under the table” deals with the ruling party.

Reuters said that any alliance would transform the political landscape in Sudan where the NCP, which came to power in a coup in 1989, currently controls more than half of the seats in parliament.

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  • 3 December 2009 05:11, by Gatjang

    Arabs vs Arabs, this is not how we can compete. The SPLM will look like an orphan in this election. I thought we have enough to compete politically before we can weigh another war. Don’t make Arab think that Garang was the only major thread.

    SPLM oyeeeeeeeeee

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    • 3 December 2009 05:19, by Gatjang

      I am not voting for any damn Arabs. I am a true mounyjang and I better go to war than voting for any Arab. Our forefathers who started war in 1955 and 1983 did not go to war just to let their children made their first election ever as a choice between Arabs. What was the point of going to war.

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      • 3 December 2009 08:07, by Freedom

        you are damn right, we better go for war instead.

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      • 4 December 2009 21:21, by Levi Watumande

        As politicians have said " in politics there are no enemies". This is only true when there is a democratic elections. The politics in Sudan is "BLOODY" one. I am strong member of SPLA and SPLM. My father was killed by the arabs in 1966 and I was brought up by my late grand mother. My grand father fought a bitter Anya-Anya one war for the independent of Southern sudan together with other southerners, I think our politicians must think twice before handing us to vote for Sadiq Al Mahdi who in 1960"s colloborated with late president of Egypt Gamal Abdel Nasir to kill all the southerners so that they will make it the richest coffee plantation in the world. If we southerners are going to endorse Sadiq, then why did we fought war against the arabs? Since I was born 43 years ago, I have not voted in my life, I cannot and will not give my vote to Sadiq Al Mahdi. The best option is to hold on our guns which will be our way forward for total independence of Southern Sudan. As I have seen, CPA is in trouble because most of key aspects of the agreement are not implemented.SPLM should not be part of political parties which will endorse Sadiq Al Mahdi.
        Long Live SPLA/M, Long live those who sacrifaced with their lives.

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    • 3 December 2009 05:30, by maumau

      Dear Southers, if SPLM does not have the trust on Kiir which it should, it should get an alternative of Amum who has the vision like the late hero Garang. SPLM must stand firm, we are behind it and there is no need to form a coalition with Northern political parties. This is yet another historical and most expensive error that the people who represent us are doing on our behalf. The first was Addiss Ababa Aggreement. If Kiir lets this opportunity goes, it will be worst than those who fought along side Arabs during the 21 year civil war. Please get to us Hon. Pagan Amum and we see him winning the election outright if it is conducted in a peaceful and fair standard.

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    • 3 December 2009 05:55, by Greater Equatoria

      I am not predicting for danger for the SPLM.Why don’t they send a candidate to represent SPLM? Now SPLM is creating danger with NCP.Should NCP win the coming elections that will be the end of CPA and another war in Sudan,after all the NCP will say the SPLM was against them.SPLM is the major opposition party in Sudan currently and SPLM deserve to compete with Bashir,not Almahadi.Who is Almahadi to South Sudan.Has he known why we fought for 23 years?

      It is not a surprise that all the opposition parties plus the NCP are against SPLM;look at the trick they are playing now against the SPLM—they caused SPLM enmity with NCP who signed the CPA.How can SPLM trust other opposition parties? Since we don’t have have a strong leader in South Sudan,they are utilizing this chance to defeat South Sudan again just like in 1972.Wake up Kiir!Go to face Albashir or send some one to face him if you are defeated.

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    • 3 December 2009 07:14, by kuminyandi

      Good move by SPLM, We, Southernners need independent state not power from the North. Running for presidency by SPLM next year means unity with the North.

      Kumi,

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    • 3 December 2009 07:28, by Greater Equatoria

      If SPLM plus the supporters of separation are not careful,they will loose South Sudan independency.This elections is part of the implementation of CPA.If the SPLM refuses to nominate a candidate, then SPLM has also disobeyed the CPA protocols. How can SPLM THINK OF REFERENDUM WHILE THEY REFUSE TO RUN FOR ELECTIONS? NCP will play tactics if it wins the next years election;they will not allow the referendum because SPLM refused to contest for the elections as part of CPA implementation.

      Do not dream of independence yet South is going towards war again.If South declares uniletarel independence,the North will not allow the oil money to be shared,and look how another war will break in South Sudan because of no pays in salaries.Things are going to bad for SPLM as I have already seen the trend of SPLM actions.

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    • 3 December 2009 07:48, by Chuanga-enoor.

      Hi Guys? don’t be so upset for that decision Arab vs Arab, this indicates that we are now an independent country pending only for referrandum as our president said why should i be a candidate while referandum was just few months away.

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    • 3 December 2009 08:01, by Ladu Lomuding.

      This is what we have been saying, yes mahdi may favour us and then, after fews days or... that means we are back to square one. Kiir said in his time, there is no more war. but he can depend himself in cases that hinder his people.
      indeed he has done so.

      But we are blind, go ahead Salva Kiir, we are behind you.
      Now my advance to you brain workers on this web site pls let us try make our people get united, remember we are poison with money, hanger, tribe making problems,power etc
      let us accept any person Nominated whether from Drink or Bari, Nuer etc don’t care about, remember we are black nation, above all true Africans, we just need good leader to guide us some one we respect. what is it to be a leader, is to serve people needs- and guide them.

      Any mistake done by our elders is war remember, again there was no need to go to the bush for 21 years and come back be together with the arabs. it is become useless now.

      SPLM / SPLA Oyeee New Sudan Oyeeeee Black Nation Oyeeeeee

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    • 3 December 2009 08:15, by thieleling

      Dear south sudanese brothers & sisters,

      SPLM as a party has failed south sudanese aspirations for independence. The hegemonic assumptions from the old south sudanese -men with outdated war credentials has killed south sudan independence. The south sudanese youth have to just prepare for Anya Anya-III though the south sudanese UNITY is already ruined by these same old-white-grey hair corrruptists men on the process of achieving their so-called hegemonic assumptions of power.

      People are wrong if they think there is 2011 Referendum. There is a war in 2011, instead. The post-2010 election is the red-line for conditional peace through CPA. Lawyer(Ali Taha) and his team diplomatically and skillfully walked sudan’s NCP out of land-mine in the international trouble water. Just look at the powerful, highly diplomatically skilled NCP team running the GOS now. Simply hating NCP without creative new ideas would not do anything productive for SPLM & the south.

      We already lost a golden time to defeat the devilish NCP because the SPLM’s intelligence was clouded with the naked hatred of NCP without giving a real stubling block to NCP’s clever ploys in the last five years. Now we only hold violence card as an option come post-2010 election & supposed 2011 Referendum. How sad!!

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    • 3 December 2009 09:34, by Biliu

      Yes, this if true would be the right thing SPLM would to regarding to the presidential run, Al-Mahdi is a man with a good credibility and through him south would gain the fight for independence if that really will be the choice of the southerners… my vote will go to Al-Mahdi!

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    • 3 December 2009 09:56, by Abyei

      Dear reader’s

      first of all,I want to say god have mercy on south Sudan ,Second to it I want know if El-Mahdi from has been struggling together with SPLA/M since the civil war started update ? Are our rights hands men military generals of the SPLM/A sleeping on dollars in Juba really or what?
      shame on south Sudanese leaders and I will not register to vote who are griding our parents / brother sister and our childrent like a maize.

      Thanks to all whom I greed with.not to vote for El-Mahdi or El-Bashir just vote for South Salvar Kiir only.

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    • 3 December 2009 10:24, by Wiyual Wech Puk D. Payol.

      Thanks you Gatjang,Arab Vs Arab will not be the way SPLM will succeed.if Salva want to be better by supporting Sadiq AL-Mahadi,who will support him in an other hand? the big deal is not to support any arab candidate,is to make southern sudan stand alone.

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    • 3 December 2009 10:25, by Achuil Manyuat Tong

      I thing there is abig game in this election , very big one indeed .SPLM must be very careful when deciding what or which option to take .
      it is better the boycott other than making the people of south to vote for Arabs again.
      if he is to remain in his post as a vice president and president of south sudan .what does that mean if we are to talk about democracy does it mean that no one will compete for the post in the south ?
      i don’t have any problem with that at all since we are all separatist.
      but we should be very careful since it is agame!!!!!!!!
      BIG GAME !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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    • 3 December 2009 14:21, by Ahmed Chol

      This is the best decision ever made by the SPLM even if it will not succeed.

      Those who read between the lines and those who can reason carefully can see that Bashir has already won the election. He has killed the CPA, letter by letter as he promised in 2005. Too, Bashir will hold on to power by all means because of his ICC indictment. Where and how can the SALVA and SPLM win? Win by war? If we did not win by war when Garang was still alive in the last 22 years, then forget it now. Also remember that SALVA KIIR was there during the war, so no one can say that he will make it any better this time. We have very little or no military support with in Africa and abroad. On his side, Bashir has Chinese (2nd powerful military on earth) and the Russians (do you remember those ANTONOVS and MIGs?). Who is on our side? America? Yes! But are we flying their F16’s and F18’s now? Think again people. Bashir has all the latest technology on weaponry. He has DRONE(aka UAV or unmanned aerial vechicle: it is up you to find out what that does). All we have is just AK47(made in 1947), it worked well in 1980s but not now when compared to other weapons. 2 million dead and how many more do we want to die? Are we sure that we will get our objective this time? I think we are better off in a united (federal system) Sudan with al-Mahdi as the president. This may not be the answer to the questions WHY DID WE (southerners)WENT TO THE BUSH?, WHAT DID OUR FATHERS AND BROTHERS DIE FOR? and etc, but it is the least painful solution to our problem. Don’t get me wrong, I am a fighter.

      Ahmed Chol, the future commander of Anya-nya III

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    • 3 December 2009 15:50, by Christopher Loro

      WOOOOOOOOOOOOW

      Why Saddiq to represent us far away from Southern Sudan,KIIR,you dont trust your self or what are you talking about,so if you are not qualified give chance to any one or else me as a simple man will declear my candidatcy otherwise this is bulshits why GOSS and SSLA is doing this to us.
      Woooooooooooow God help us

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    • 3 December 2009 16:07, by Christopher Loro

      When are you southern Sudanese going to learn,Arabs are the same the only Arabs that are good are the dead ones,i just dont understand how some one like Kiir and Goss agree to nominate Saddiq to represent Us. Mr president are you been bought or what?
      Mr president,what’s up man?
      You your self say we need not be second class citizen in our own country so what happened now to declare Saddiq as ,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,This Tom and Jerry game will not work with us.

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    • 3 December 2009 16:15, by brotherkeeper

      Dear brothers and sisters!

      We dont need to compete because is almost 2011 and we are going to be different Country. I just want to say thanks President Kirr for not runing in this eletion it is a good thing for us. Thank you all!! and hope you guys fell same way God bless South Sudan.

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    • 4 December 2009 15:53, by Arochthon

      Arabs Vs Arabs is a good idea let them fight themselves.
      I only want referendum and full stop.

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  • 3 December 2009 05:15, by Mr Famous Big_Logic_Boy

    Ha ha arab Al-Sadiq Al-Mahdi running on behalf of blacks? what a joke. This is why i always assure that SPLA is going o collapse due to their retard activities. No candiate,no mission, no vision, no KPIs and almost no everything, only looting, eating, sleeping and corruption is what SPLA are the number one. Why Arab on behalf of black if we have Lam to run for Government of sick services GOSS and southern in particular. This could be something in dreams not a real signal of what is going to happen.

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    • 3 December 2009 05:34, by Mel mosa

      It is absolutly right choice and wisely for SPLM to nominate one of opposition parties to run against Bashier during the coming election. I am sure if one of opposition parties win election, we will be two brother countries.

      Mosa

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      • 3 December 2009 05:46, by Mr Famous Big_Logic_Boy

        Mel mosa

        It is quite getting late for visionless and unoragnised SPOILA to make up their mind. We are two steps to election yet people are selling their votes and having no idea who is the candidate. The only solution that i will recommend for SPOILA is to adopt Lam as their temporary candidate or postpone the election. This will allow them to loot, eat, sleep and drink enough for their final chance which is 2011. Ignorance is the major problem in the corrupt SPOILA party. The future of SPLA is getting closer to hit the wall.

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        • 3 December 2009 06:19, by achog

          I am disappointed in SPLM really, who could youb arab your enamy than you want to deal with him, this against CPA and constitution of Southern Sudan. SPLM if it has not able to nominate candidate that means it is start to lost the election in Southern Sudan.

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        • 3 December 2009 06:41, by Mel mosa

          Logic

          The the idea of postphone election and for Southerners to support opposition party to win election are key solution for South to get independent and then South will be peacefully without threat from North. It is also help Southerners to radicate corruption easily if independent should come successfully.

          For Dr Lam as a canndidate is not the right decision because Lam spoil his creditability in face of Southerners through his alliance with criminal Bashier. Lam will not win election at all even his own people will not accept him.

          Mosa

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    • 3 December 2009 06:18, by mathem jech amer

      Logic_Boy

      My friend, you don’t know the trick behind nomination of Mahdi, it was something agreed in Juba conference,which seems to be step forward for the success of the South Sudanese people. Please if you want to know the trick, write to me.

      Secondly, Lam Akol has already joined the NCP, no way he can represent the South, maybe representing the South on the side of NCP.

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      • 3 December 2009 11:32, by Time1

        Mathem the retarded boy does not understand anything or what is going on, let him just watch the show.

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    • 3 December 2009 06:24, by Mathonbor

      You people are sick,

      There is no point for the SPLM/A to contest for the presidency of whole Sudan. South Sudan is going to be an independent country in January 2011.

      If any of you want to run then go a head but Salva Kiir along with the SPLM/A will lead the south to its independency in 2011 wether by CPA or unilaterlly declaration of independecy by the SPLm with the SPLA forces ready to defeat it if North wants to invade. This is the strategy of Kiir and the SPLMA party.

      Mathonbor

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      • 3 December 2009 07:00, by Mr Famous Big_Logic_Boy

        mathem jech amer

        If that what you and your president of sick service is thinking about then you are obviously losers. You just talk like you don’t know who is an arab man. Giving an arab a chance to run on behalf of SPLA will not bring any benefit to Southern developemtn and prosperity. This is unwise strategy that will put Southern future in danger. Please think back to history, the way in which arabs use to enter this black native nation and they claim it at this days. arabs has many tricks and false convincing technique to buy your mind and land.

        This decision whether made by Kiir or the party in large, will be the worse idea that will threaten our future in South. Why should a man allow his ex enemy to compete for him? we are liberator and we liberate ourssleves from arabs to live in peace. Then how comes that, we allow arab to run aganist their own arabs? I wish you just lie because you want people to pay their attention to your comment or you are arab. Even a 10 year old Equatorian Boy will not agree on this plan.

        Is it because Kiir is coward to run or because we don’t have educated man to run? If so i will provide you will enough evidences. In South we have Dr, Hon, Majors and many more people who were qualified from Oxford Uni and Combridge. Hon James Wani, Dr Riek, Dr Lam, Dr William, Maj Isaac Murmur, Thomas and many more just to mention few, this people are well skilled both in academically area and field skills (military). My friend even though if you are trying to blindfold Southern that Lam is working for NCP personally you can’t prove this. Because he is just in khartoum to present his seat in the central government not working for arabs. Prove your arguement if you are Lam’s private Dr (psychology). To be wise don’t ever think negatively that an arabs will work for the benefit of Southern, if you are Kiir’s political advisor please review and reverse your contract with this arab man.

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        • 3 December 2009 11:34, by mathem jech amer

          Logic_boy

          You tried to frame and improvise your ideas and opinions which is seemed to very bad but be clear Lam has already amalgamated his party with Al Basher? Who support him when he formed his party? Where does he get his support, huge amount in paying his 2800 staff? Is Lam budget included in National Bill?

          If you can answer these questions, you will exactly know that his party is entirely NCP.

          To answer your question of holders of PhDs, good leadership does not come from holding PHD; it is from personal experience and leadership skills. Does Barrack Obama have a PHD? He leads America. I myself hold a Masters Degree from Cambridge International College, but it doesn’t mean I can be a president.

          Lastly, the idea of New Sudan you are talking is misunderstood by many. In the beginning, SPLA fought for the liberation of the whole Sudan, not south Sudan, that’s why it is called "New Sudan". We did not fight to get rid of Arabs but to be free to choose our own president, ministers etc and have ownership of our land.

          People with narrow reasoning like you can’t understand this. You can only understand things like tribal fighting, Dinka Leadership and blaming GOSS for not giving you job. Tribalism won’t allow you to find even a watchman in GOSS.

          Although you hide yourself, God is seeing you and those who died for the cause of South Sudan are looking at the people trying to spoil and divide people of SS as Dinkas, Greater Equatorias & Mighty Naath.

          We have known their techniques and we don’t mind of them.

          Jech Amer

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        • 3 December 2009 11:40, by Time1

          LOGIC donkey

          What do you know about the future of south sudan, who on this website will take advise about the future of south sudan from you? you mind is stressed and you feel sick in your stomach for the progress in south sudan, that is why you are now confused and does not know who to support, no one is even listening to you as you destroyed your image on sudantribune website.

          Mahdi is the best candidate for this election,during Juba conference he and other opposition parties has shown full commitment to CPA and to see full democracy and transition to referendum in a peaceful manner, so if south sudan seperate in 2011 then he will continue as president.

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    • 3 December 2009 06:40, by Dr.Agany

      Please would u mind to be considerated? u better make comments when u are done with calculation of what will happened. Sending a candidate to election is simple as u think but according to what south sudanese, who had gone through the war, expect is different. Bashir is now hampering the progress on media and referendum laws because the SPLM is siding with oppositions and by all means he should make sure that no deal is reached. This will bring a failure in 2011!! Don’t u guys see that trick? Bashir is now trying hard to sponsor any Southerner that will unseat the SPLM and later coerce him or her to bring that fake Unity Arabs want! Take care and do more analysis to why the SPLM decides not to participate

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      • 3 December 2009 11:43, by Time1

        Humar al bashir will be hanged like Saddam if he violate CPA and especially referendum.

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    • 3 December 2009 22:31, by Riangnom

      Bravo !! I saluted SPLM for its wise tactics, this election is mockery because there is no way Southerners can trust and guarantee the fair counts of ballots.

      Sorry for those who never learn enough from Arabs evil dishonest, it doesn’t make alot of sense for Southern Sudanese to contest in that election while our main goal is clear to form our own nation. I do know that it had amended in CPA, but the question, is did NCP implemented any thing they signed according to CPA? I don’t think so, then why wasting time and why not.

      Who doesn’t know Arab’s dirty tactics ? Thankful to SPLM for its brilliants move, let Arabs know that; this is not 1947 and 1972, Southerners are vigiliant enough.

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  • 3 December 2009 05:26, by Mayom Biar

    PERSON WHO KNOWS WHAT HE WRITES CANNOT HIDE HIS/HER NAME

    It is a good colition but some time somethings being share not always goes smooth why do the SPLM not stand alone, they know their weakness of not passing the election.

    If he could be our full greater beloved Dr. John Garang he would have run this election of 2010 with 10% hope that to be the president of Sudan. Any way we are like orphans that why our position is expecting to be given to North don’t we have confidential people? in all the parties in the South?Why do we call our self to be a government but only single party?if such a things happen

    God Bless you all

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    • 3 December 2009 05:36, by Mr Famous Big_Logic_Boy

      Biar

      Don’t cry like you are starving in a forest full of dry leaves. Take this notes and be aware of,otherwise failure comply with will make you a bggest loser. Did you even know that Deng strategy of resigning from NCP was to grab some votes from South and take them to his master bashir. Vote for him and you will be a loser like your government of sick services. Even those in north knows that SPLA is unorganised gang party full of jumble people, jumble politics, jumble future, jumble activities and having nothing at all. When I talk of CHANGE AND IMPROVEMENT IN THE GOVERNMENT OF SICK SERVICES most of you accuse me as a tribal player. Now don’t regret the bitter infront of you. The truth is going to happen if we keep ignoring the change and improvement that am always yearning for

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      • 3 December 2009 05:50, by Pee-Funk

        Bashir Vs.Mahdi this will be very Interesting election because I don’t think Arabs people will vote for Bashir because ICC looking for his criminal ass.

        by: Mr. P-funk

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    • 3 December 2009 05:46, by Mel mosa

      Mayom Bair

      We don’t need to share our resources with the North any more. If the country stay united, the Southern Sudan resources must be divided by North forever while North resources should not be allow to share by South according to CPA. Do you comfortable if I share your food with you forever while you don’t share my food? Please, give your aperciation to SPLM for their decision if you like to be comfortable without Arab being disturbing you.

      Mosa

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    • 3 December 2009 05:54, by Greater Equatoria

      I am not predicting for danger for the SPLM.Why don’t they send a candidate to represent SPLM? Now SPLM is creating danger with NCP.Should NCP win the coming elections that will be the end of CPA and another war in Sudan,after all the NCP will say the SPLM was against them.SPLM is the major opposition party in Sudan currently and SPLM deserve to compete with Bashir,not Almahadi.Who is Almahadi to South Sudan.Has he known why we fought for 23 years?

      It is not a surprise that all the opposition parties plus the NCP are against SPLM;look at the trick they are playing now against the SPLM—they caused SPLM enmity with NCP who signed the CPA.How can SPLM trust other opposition parties? Since we don’t have have a strong leader in South Sudan,they are utilizing this chance to defeat South Sudan again just like in 1972.Wake up Kiir!Go to face Albashir or send some one to face him if you are defeated.

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      • 3 December 2009 11:50, by Time1

        How is SPLM against NCP? NCP greated SPLM-DC and Dr Lam nominated himself for presidency in south sudan, Is that a gainst the CPA? no it is not, also Mahdi nominated as leader of the opposition, Is that against the CPA? no it is not, so Bashir should get ready to leave the presidency seat to Al Mahdi. There is no law which denies alliances in the CPA, also Bashir will be hanged if he fail to implement CPA because he will be considered the illegitimate leader of sudan and no one will follow his instructions as president of Sudan.

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  • 3 December 2009 05:46, by Oduck Bol

    That is a wonderful news!!!!!!.

    That is what you was about for 21 years in bush to become and make a coalition with Al-Sadiq Al-Mahadi and Dr Truabi? Total you give up and you can not stand on your own feet? unbelievable news. Instead making coalition with oppositions who have never talk about CPA since they were in power why not join Omar Al-Bashar who allowed you to have CPA and your people enjoying it now?

    No question at all. You lost the game already man.Good luck

    God save me from Shari Law.

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    • 3 December 2009 05:53, by Mel mosa

      I am sure so-call SPLM_DC will die in Khartoum. There is no solution although Bashier formed SPLM_DC or any party against Southerners. He is still going to jail.

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      • 3 December 2009 06:07, by Oduck Bol

        The case is not about SPLM-DC man, it is about coalition man. You hate Al-Bashier while your boss making coalition with Omar’s brother.

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    • 3 December 2009 05:59, by Mr Famous Big_Logic_Boy

      Bol

      You make me laugh when i saw you crying about shria law. If Shria law is going to come it will start from Nuba Mt follow by Bor, tonji, Rumbek, Wau, Yirol and all villgaes in northern Equatoria. My question is, who do we blame for this decision and why? Is it both NCP and SPLA or one of them?

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      • 3 December 2009 06:09, by Mathonbor

        Mr Famous Big_Logic_Boy

        Believe me, if Islam comes to South, it will be the Equatorians who will convert first then follow by Nuer and Dinka will resist it to the last man.

        Mathonbor.

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        • 3 December 2009 07:00, by Gatwech

          Mathonbor,

          It is clear that you write things you don’t understand. Islam is already in South under the leadership of a Bor-Dinka man called Tayir Bior. He is based in Juba. He is now recruiting people in all the ten states. He is from Bor-Dinka. Can you see! Check the truth out by asking any muslim in South Sudan who their leader is? Bor town and Aweil are the first converted to islam.

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          • 3 December 2009 08:10, by Chuanga-enoor.

            Yes Gatwic i appreciate this comment because Bor and Aweil where the once bringing Islam in South Sudan just because of wealth. For my advice let them leave this fake religion of false prophet mohamed of 570 AD-640AD.

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        • 3 December 2009 15:28, by Christopher Loro

          Mathonbor,
          This is all bulshit because Arabs uses to Islamise you against Food only leave alone Money,Arabs know that, is difficult to Islamise Equatotian or even use them against each other.
          You in your Heart knows this facts.
          Shame on you.
          This culture of killing each other is only found in your dinkas societies as such Arabs uses our mother land money against us that is why they found you guys as the main passage.
          Shut up Man.

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      • 3 December 2009 06:21, by Revelator

        Two Moon God worshipping islamic Jihadists in a mock elections; one a convicted mass murderer and the other a mass murderer too in the past but lucky to escape conviction, and you expect the SPLA to be part of this fuss? The South should just announce unilateral independence and let them carry on with their foolish elections.

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        • 3 December 2009 06:26, by Mathonbor

          You people are sick,

          There is no point for the SPLM/A to contest for the presidency of whole Sudan. South Sudan is going to be an independent country in January 2011.

          If any of you want to run then go a head but Salva Kiir along with the SPLM/A will lead the south to its independency in 2011 wether by CPA or unilaterlly declaration of independecy by the SPLm with the SPLA forces ready to defeat it if North wants to invade. This is the strategy of Kiir and the SPLMA party.

          Mathonbor

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          • 3 December 2009 07:26, by Greater Equatoria

            If SPLM plus the supporters of separation are not careful,they will loose loose South Sudan.This elections is part of the implementation of CPA.If the SPLM refuses to nominate a candidate, then SPLM has also disobeyed the CPA protocols. How can SPLM THINK OF REFERENDUM WHILE THEY REFUSE TO RUN FOR ELECTIONS? NCP will play tactics if it wins the next years election;they will not allow the referendum because SPLM refused to contest for the elections as part of CPA implementation.

            Do not dream of independence yet South is going towards war again.If South declares uniletarel independence,the North will not allow the oil money to be shared,and look how another war will break in South Sudan because of no pays in salaries.Things are going to bad for SPLM as I have already seen the trend of SPLM actions.

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            • 3 December 2009 08:22, by Chuanga-enoor.

              Greater Equatoria,
              You see no independent without loses,if you are fearing of any possible war then shut ur ass we SPLA are ready to defend this nation, we are now entering into our final session with the enemy, look what happened with Eritrean when they declared their independent they enter into final wars in 2000.Try to be patriotic of your country don’t frightened Southerners with fake comments give full comments that are supportive to our nation Splm nows what she was doing.

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        • 3 December 2009 06:55, by kuminyandi

          Southerners, Southerners! calm down a little.

          Please think before posting comments. This is a very high strategy from SPLM. If South is going to be separated from the North in 2011, then there’s need for SPLM to run for the presidency of the country. Why waste our resources if we are going to be independent the year after the election.
          The southerners are looking for independence not powers at these times.

          Kumi,

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  • 3 December 2009 06:25, by Amir Ageeb

    After a long stay; and after all this period of oppression the SPLM is polling us back to hell!

    Sudan’s History showed clearly that al-Mahdi is not suitable candidate to run Sudan as a president; likewise Salva Kirr, who proved incompetent to rum even Southern Sudan.

    Al-Bashir will remain suitable candidate provided that the NCP is no longer dominating the political arena in Sudan; otherwise there is nothing new and we are actually running towards the HELL! Sudan needs new honest bloods.

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    • 3 December 2009 06:31, by Mathonbor

      Amir Ageeb,

      We the Southerners do not care who is the president in Khartoum. We have only one year left and we will have our own country. It is upto Northerners to come up with the best condidate for them if they do not like either Bashir or Al Mahdi.

      Mathonbor

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  • 3 December 2009 06:35, by Gatwech

    Dear readers,

    This is ridiculous!

    SPLM to nominate Sadig Almahdi as their candidate? Wow, wow! This clearly shows that the SPLM has failed in its project to spearhead the democratic transformation in the country. Instead of trusting the change to the party by spearheading it and maitaining partnership with the NCP, it has shifted to being a second class opposition, leaving the game to the two Jallaba first class ruling and opposition party leaders (Bashir and Al-Mahdi).

    How can they nominate a killer of South Sudanese and a democratic failure like Sadiq Almahdi. Who doesn’t know Sadiq who ruled twice in Sudan with iron fist in the name of fake democracy.

    Well, this is good news for separatists since having a SPLM candidate for presidency would have been one of the things making unity attractive. SPLM would have spearheaded the democrtic transformation of the country. Now it has retired from this vision. I hope what we all should look for from now is self-determination through the referendum and not democratic transformation of the country. This has now become a joke! But we have to watchout also because Sadig Al-Mahdi is against the right to self-determination. Blessing him by the SPLM is a sin!

    It is also good news for Salva Kiir to declare himself as candidate for the South Sudan presidency. But will he win the elections in the face of South Sudan opposition parties? This is what we need to see in the near future.

    But it is ridiculous really for SPLM to fail to nominate its party candidate for Sudan presidency. The so-called new sudan vision is finally put to final rest in a sealed coffin. Pathetic!

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    • 3 December 2009 06:44, by Mathonbor

      Gatwech,

      The only person who wanted the United Sudan was the late Dr. Garang because he can win the presidency seat and he as the ability to unite all Sudanese from South to North. Nobody from South Sudan can win the presidency of Sudan now.

      Tt is better for the South to be an independent country rather than United Sudan. It is exactly what the SPLM under the leadership of Salva Kiir doing right now. The SPLM is going to declare uniteral independency in the near future and mark my words. Kiir has been say a lot about the independency of South Sudan lately if you guys have not realize it.

      Mathonbor

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      • 3 December 2009 07:08, by Gatwech

        Mathonbor,

        Even John Garang can NEVER win Sudan presidency because Arabs see him as a dictator and southerners see him as tribalist.

        Sudan needs a true democrat who loves all people with smiling face.

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        • 3 December 2009 07:30, by kuminyandi

          Hey Gatwech,

          I thought you and your guys are ruding for self determination. How come you are upset about SPLM not running for presidency of sudan now? I mean if we are going to have our free country in 2011, why wasting our times and efforts in a fake election that you and I knew its results. Why don’t we focus on self determination as a first priority now and election as a last priority. We need an independent Southern Sudan. Aren’t we?

          Kumi,

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      • 3 December 2009 08:37, by silake comba

        Mr. Mathonbor,

        I can hardly agree with you in your argement. It is like you are saying the: the president of Sudan should be from the South or otherwise, to the hell Unity of Sudan

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    • 3 December 2009 06:59, by The world is watching us

      Well my candidate for South Sudan is Salva Mathok Gengdit you might not know of him in the political Arena but he is our Collin Powel. A true Son of the south. I fought in his ranks as a soldier and believe me no one loves the south more. We in the military and SPLA ranks know of his contributions to the movement.

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      • 3 December 2009 07:19, by Gatbentiu

        A stolen freedom

        Do we fought for 21 years to bring back Sadiq to power?
        I think not.
        The SPLM top leaders should know the difference between a leopard and tiger.
        If this will come true then most people in South will not be voting comes 2010.If Salva is not capable of standing for the presidency then let him give Riek a chance to stand for that position.

        dholbentiu@gmail.com

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  • 3 December 2009 07:16, by charles Riek

    Dear Southern

    I can’t believed that the our presidential candidate to be Arab. If at all SPLM fail to get the presidential candidate, let drankard kiir go home than I will declare my self as presidential candidate for the SPLM party and will be Me V Omar.
    This is shame to the leadership of SPLM. Who is Al Sadiq? Let us talk More about his orgine if he qualified to represented us in South.
    AnyanyaTwO Wayeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeee

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  • 3 December 2009 07:27, by J.James

    Oh My God

    I am just stun and completely astonish by this baseless attempt.

    All I have in my mind right now when Sadiq’s name come out are military songs being compose against him in 1980s and millions of Southerners who died during his administration.

    My God, how can we bring Dr. John Garang back to live? I am just stun and sick from my stomach.

    I hope Kiir didn’t meant it.

    God bless

    The writer is always peace activist.

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  • 3 December 2009 07:37, by Isaac

    Dear readers

    woow woow SPLM is now going to disobey the CPA. why do they nominate Mahdi who fought them and who was not in the CPA. this man can later change everything as he doesn’t know anything about CPA. it will be like Addis Ababa agreement if Mahdi win this election. see now he was prime minister between 1966 - 1967.while 1972-1973 was Addis Ababa agreement Arabs is an Arabs.(Remeber word of Late Jafir Nimery ’either Bible or Gurran’) if not Kiir let’s then nominate any SPLM member

    Isaac

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    • 3 December 2009 08:00, by Aturjok

      This so-called election has already been stolen by NIF turned NCP before it has even took place.Even the Northern opposition parties already sensed this and it would be useless for SPLM to participate. I support Kiir’s idea not to run.

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    • 3 December 2009 08:18, by Afredo christiani

      Dear readers

      That is a good move .CPA was first violated by NCP .let mahadi go to contest with omer .soon southerners will declare their independent. Diaspora’s people shut up, this war was fought without your contribution both mentally and physically. Wait for food only. SPLM had already reached 90 % to get independent. Nuers betrayers will have no chance since riak is not any longer with food lovers .

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  • 3 December 2009 08:07, by silake comba

    It looks like a national concensus to have most major political parties in Sudan, including the SPLM, agreeing on choosing Al-Sadig Al-Mahdi as their candidtae for the Sudan presidential position. National concensus is the only way for the wayout from Sudanese current dilema. This kind of approach will also make uinty in Sudan attractive. Democracy can highly contribute in solving our numerous problems and issues.Now people must the results and indeed are obliged to do that.we need strong and neutral nationwide securitty organs, in the forefront the police, to keep order.The National army shall be required to maintain unity ans safeguard national achievements. We don’t like the example of algeria repeated here in the Sudan.Al-Mahdi, representing opposition, and the National Congress Party should look to maaters in the context and framework of higher national interests.

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  • 3 December 2009 08:15, by thieleling

    Dear south sudanese brothers & sisters,

    SPLM as a party has failed south sudanese aspirations for independence. The hegemonic assumptions from the old south sudanese -men with outdated war credentials has killed south sudan independence. The south sudanese youth have to just prepare for Anya Anya-III though the south sudanese UNITY is already ruined by these same old-white-grey hair corrruptists men on the process of achieving their so-called hegemonic assumptions of power.

    People are wrong if they think there is 2011 Referendum. There is a war in 2011, instead. The post-2010 election is the red-line for conditional peace through CPA. Lawyer(Ali Taha) and his team diplomatically and skillfully walked sudan’s NCP out of land-mine in the international trouble water. Just look at the powerful, highly diplomatically skilled NCP team running the GOS now. Simply hating NCP without creative new ideas would not do anything productive for SPLM & the south.

    We already lost a golden time to defeat the devilish NCP because the SPLM’s intelligence was clouded with the naked hatred of NCP without giving a real stubling block to NCP’s clever ploys in the last five years. Now we only hold violence card as an option come post-2010 election & supposed 2011 Referendum. How sad!!

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  • 3 December 2009 08:24, by J.James

    Guys

    Now this is not the time for us to say everything on the internet any more, this is the time to see, hear, and study everything carefully. All of us must retain some kind of secrets at this crutial moment.

    Let not panic.

    This is simply the time for us to use almost all of our wisest part of the brain in this issue and I got the solution for this and I want all of you to get there.

    God bless

    The writer is always peace activist.

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  • 3 December 2009 08:34, by dotcom

    This is a complete rubbish!

    why were we in the bush for and how on earth did we oppose the northerners in the last 50 years for, if it wasn’t because we needed to have a shot on the presidency of the country? this is like giving a trust a gain to Sadig thinking that he will somehow implement some parts of the CPA that Omar didn’t want to implement! ridiculous! have we forgotten that Sadig was one of the master-minders of our 50 years suffering? is he not the same Arab as Bashir whom have killed upto 2 million of us?

    MY DEAR SOUTHERN SUDANESE READERS,

    our governing party is playing with our life here. what the party have in mind for this decision is based on these two facts:
    1) they want to set up an Arab against another thinking that the CPA will be immune from their fight and its outcome and therefore, that will keep us with this autonomy till we declare our independence comes 2011
    (REMEMBER THIS SAYING: when two bulls fight, its the grass that suffers!)
    2) our president(Kiir)thought that he would somehow lost the election to Bashir and if he does, he won’t be allowed to comeback and assume his position as a president of the southern Sudan as per SPLM constitution, that’s why you see it takes this long for the party to decide what to do, thus ending with this decision to nominate Sadig so that he remain the president ( which is a very wrong calculation).

    MY FELLOW SOUTHERNERS,
    the presidential and other posts in the coming electoral contest have a detrimental effect on the health of the CPA. all the decisions on issues such as the negotiation on the percentages to declare south Sudan as independent state or the demarcation of the borders are carried out by those with electoral posts not just by anyone. the reason why we are involved now in negotiation is because, we signed the CPA and that all our negotiators come through nomination by the party not by election. do you think that they will carry-on with their negotiation or foreign duties after the election? i doubt so because we deliberately killed the CPA by not involving in the electoral process as stipulated by this document. NCP will have a right on the face of the world to say: "SPLM didn’t take part in the election and therefore, they are the one dragging their feet on the CPA, not us" . who will we blame after all? reporting the NCP to the world power (s)? how many times have we done this and yet non of our Arab leaders have been hanged for what the have done to us?
    the party had a plenty of time to organise for the elections, (and i’m so surprised by the reason they have stated as the main factor for their decision of withdrawal) so they intentionally wanted to keep disorganised till the last minute so that they declare to the public that there is no enough time to compete with the NCP! only a year 1 pupil can understand this argument!
    this is lack of competency on the side of our leader. I don’t think Dr. Garang would have wasted this electoral opportunity this way as Kiir, had he been alive! because he wouldn’t want a CPA brought in and I quote "in golden plates" to be surrendered to the enemy cheaply like that.

    if there is a power struggle going on within the party (as rumoured), i think the best way would have been to postpone elections to some months and resolve that issue. if Salva doesnt want to compete with Bashir, the SPLM as a party should nominate someone whom they think is capable of carrying south Sudanese agenda and leave Kiir in his post.

    my friends,
    I’m so certain that WE WILL NOT vote for the referendum in 2011 if this path the SPLM took is the only path they think is the best for our salvation! mark my words for it. CPA is just a paper and doesnt guarantee any successes. the ruling party (NCP)can decide to dishonour the documents like they previously did by highlighting our weaknesses such as this and they can still walk away unharmed, no world power can come to our rescue and dont believe on our-then acquired might from our military because they have long built-up before us.
    i strongly urge the party to revert this decision and nominate someone they think can handle the job for them and for the interest of the South Sudanese because no matter what the election outcome is in 2010, we still going to secede. and the only easiest path to secession is to have a president and policy makers who will decide our fate.

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  • 3 December 2009 08:39, by Time1

    Sadiq Mahdi is the best challenge for the dictator Omer Bashir.NCP is afraid of democracy because they know they will loose power.

    Time for Sudanese to unite and take out the NCP dictatorship from Sudan for good, they have destroyed the country and divided the people and are stealing money from oil, they are not working for the interest of a single Sudanese, Sudanese are suffering in all corners of Sudan but eh NCP dictatorship is only busy with its own agenda of staying in power but not concern with solving the problems of Sudan, there is no democracy or even human rights in Sudan just look around you if you are from north or south, so northern opposition need to be serious and campaign hard to challenge the NCP, we will mobilize for them in the south but it is the northern opposition job to mobilize in the north and east, we also want Darfur people to be fully involved in this election not like NCP want to marginalize Darfur from this elections, also messerieya people have been deceived and mislead and betrayed by NCP just for the interests of NCP, let them vote against this lairs of NCP, what development have we seen in Messerieya area when most of oil they only see on TV or hear about it in meetings in Khartoum but they never see a penny, NCP serves the interests of only a few individuals not Sudan as a whole.

    This is the best and the last opportunity to save Sudan’s Unity, northern opposition should hold this chance very carefully and work to brining chance just like Obama did in America, Sudan need change, NCP is not fit for Sudan, If NCP continue to rule Sudan soon Sudan will be divided first into north and south separate country then Darfur.

    This is the best chance and the last chance before 2011 for northerners and Sudanese in general who want to work for the good unity of Sudan to take this opportunity.

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    • 3 December 2009 09:06, by Aturjok

      Bol
      The sharia law was there before Albashir even took the power. In fact, SPLM under the leadership of late Garang attemped to have the Sharia abolish once and for all during peace talk and Northerners rejected the idea.

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      • 3 December 2009 09:20, by telfajbago

        Accommodationist power addictee political prostitute VS Islamic Jihadist fugitive president;and not to be Sudan.What a good luck for the people of the South Sudan to have their own State,and what a political senario.

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        • 3 December 2009 09:26, by mike

          This is funny, what a wast of time.

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        • 3 December 2009 09:42, by Gatloth Gai

          Why UMMA party? why not splm?

          exclusion of Kiir from presidency canidate for the forth coming general election gives him a chance to continious be in position.That is out laws of the CPA.

          why don`t you resign please Kiir and leave chance to those who can do so? By following rule and regulation of CPA.will president Bachar except that?

          Which refrendume do u mean is that your refredume or for southerners? is that logice?

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    • 3 December 2009 23:44, by Gatnyatuach

      This is just away out for Mr Kiir to avoid defeat by Al Bashir, Kiir wants to continue serve as the president of Southern Sudan to go on looting soutthern Sudan but that is a violation of the CPA and I would like Dr Riek Machar not accept that,

      Who will elect Sadiq? even his own mom will not cast her vote for this idiot!

      President Al Bashir must be appreciated for his willingess to make peace with us, what makes El Sadiq El Mahadi better than Al Bashir in your opinion, I meant, why should we prefer him to Al Bashir as they both fought with us but Al Bashir made peace with us at the end but not Sadiq? please don’t talk out of your mind, Al Bashir and Sadiq are of no comparison at all for Gad sake, without Al Bashir the war would have continued up now and many
      Sudanese would have lost their lives! You should thank him and Dr John for their courage to make peace and stop the blood shed in our country!

      In fact, those of Al Turabi and Sadiq are just trying to use SPLM in order to come to power, once they get there, you will just go back to be a second class citizen again just like before! Don’t think of them!

      Gatnyatuach, UK

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    • 3 December 2009 23:48, by Gatnyatuach

      Correction!!

      This is just a way out for Mr Kiir to avoid the defeat by Al Bashir, Kiir wants to continue to serve as the president of Southern Sudan to go on looting southern Sudan, but that is a violation of the CPA and I would like Dr Riek Machar not to accept that.

      Who will elect Sadiq? even his own mom will not cast her vote for this idiot!

      President Al Bashir must be appreciated for his willingess to make peace with us, what makes El Sadiq El Mahadi better than Al Bashir in your opinion, I meant, why should we prefer him to Al Bashir as they both fought with us but Al Bashir made peace with us at the end but not Sadiq? please don’t talk out of your mind, Al Bashir and Sadiq are of no comparison at all for Gad sake, without Al Bashir the war would have continued up now and many Sudanese would have lost their lives! You should thank him and Dr John for their courage to make peace and stop the blood shed in our country!

      In fact, those of Al Turabi and Sadiq are just trying to use SPLM in order to come to power, once they get there, you will just go back to be a second class citizen again just like before! Don’t think of them!

      Gatnyatuach, UK

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  • 3 December 2009 10:47, by Samson

    In fact it will not surprise me that decision that came from SPLM party to nominated Al-mahdi. Most people in southern "politician" as well as a chairman of Southern as fail to go forward. Because he does know, he going to fail anyway.

    The fact is that they are so weakest in politic which mean they have choose to other partner who where outside during the revolution. Second their leader who was Salva Kiir had fail his political post.

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    • 3 December 2009 11:39, by okucu pa lotinokwan

      Nominating the ex- MP as presdentail candidate,Mr Sadiq El Mahdi,we southerners, we have forgotten the incident of, El Fashir, where by a great number of southreners were burned to death, during the regime of Sadiq El Mahdi in one of the train travelling from El Fashir to Kosti.And again we want him to reprsent southerners in this democratic election.SPLM Party instant let them nomiate yasir Ariman,Melki Agaar or Pagan Amum one should be among the three candidates,and you fought for 21 years and at last you let Sadiq El Mahdi is to represnt us?what is the different an Arab VS an Arab?

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      • 3 December 2009 16:11, by silake comba

        Mr. Okucu,

        There is no RAILWAY in whole North Darfur, let alone El-Fasher.The incident you mentioned, if ever tookplace, never in El-Fasher. ANYWAY, I’m deeply sad over hearing this story

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  • 3 December 2009 11:56, by Time1

    Now this is the moments of truth in Sudan history, NCP and Omer bashir has been making loud noises about how they want to bring Democracy to Sudan and how they want to transform Sudan into a democratic nation, now let them prepare for the Democracy they have been afraid of, Bashir and his NCP should get ready to evacuate the presidency seat to Al Mahdi. There is nothing mentioned in CPA which stops Al Mahdi from running as opposition leader, NCP cannot complain about this, let them be ready for the elections they have been complaining about.

    But we all know if NCP loose they will not leave the power, they will refuse to leave because they controle every thing and if they loose that mean death to NCP memebers, so to remain in power now is an issue of survival for Omer bashir and his NCP, it is not about democracy for them, it is about death or alife for NCP.

    Omer Bashir is a war criminal and wanted by the ICC , if Sudanese elect him this will bring more problems for Sudanese people, so let the people elect Mahdi is better than the trouble maker Omer Bashir.

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    • 3 December 2009 13:54, by guandongwel

      shame on those who are trying to fail SPLM vision by thier mere greed of power.2 million of our southern comrades died in the name of freedom and democracy in the Sudan.SPLM candidacy as nothing to do with the referendum. shameeeeeeeeeeeeee.

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  • 3 December 2009 14:50, by Akuma

    SPLM leaders are now ready for Unity if they nominate they same Arabs who killed our Anya-Anya I

    Are we all fastrated to us Affairs as Southern Sudan?
    I we think like the way our Political Leaders think by nominating their enemies to contest on their behalf, then why do you led some people lose their relatives in this treks of civil war in Sudan

    Arabs have the same philosophy even though Al-Sadiq Al-Mahdi please you Southeners.

    Thanks for Southerners for accepting defeat, If you nominate Sadiq Al- Mahdi; then you have forget Arabs policies.

    Dr. Akuma, Chicago USA

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    • 3 December 2009 16:23, by james nyoma

      This is it. We have talked early of this during our comments on the Juba Confernce. We have to understand that in order for us to vote in the referendum, an election must take place and necessarily a change of government. therefore let us Southerners give a chance for the referendum and the change that is going to happen.

      I have said before and am saying now:"UMMA will rule the North and SPLM the South."

      "Let those who know to swim in the intellectual water swim."

      Change is coming.

      God bless South Sudan.

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  • 3 December 2009 23:09, by Gatnyatuach

    Why Mr Kiir must not run for the presidency??

    According to the CPA, Kiir must run and also must resign from his current position as the pres of GoSS, any attempt from him to avoid the expected humiliated defeat in election by president Al-Basheir will be considered as a violation of CPA and that will to his removal by force!!!!!

    Everyone in southerner is aware of incompetence of Mr Kiir to run for presidency, Mr Kiir himself is aware of the fact that he will be defeated in the election if he tries to run, this will also make him to lose his position as the president of the GoSS.

    I suppose Dr Riek Machar and other Southern Sudanese should refuse Kiir’s avoidance of presidential candidacy, otherwise he must retire and allow others to run the GoSS.

    SPLM under Mr Kiir and Pagan leadership is becoming incompetent, look at how ridicules these idiots are trying to alliance with those Northern parties that were killing millions of Southerners during the war and that were refusing to acknowledge the just cause of marginalised people of Sudan! why they refused to make peace with us, what is their use now, aren’t they trying to use us to come to power? if God didn’t bring us NCP that is willing to sit down and talk peace with us, can Sadiq or Turabi or Mergani OR SHIT do that to make those idiot leaders in southern Sudan enjoying themselves like this? think CPA CPA CPA who give you this chance of peace, who stop the blood shed?

    Who will elect Sadiq Al Mahdi even me as an SPLM member I will just cast my vote to Mr Omer AlBashier of NCP who gave peace a cahnce in Sudan, the man who is being blamed even by Sadiq for his courage to give Southern Sudan a chance for self determination? Whole Arab world, specially Egypt is happy with El Basheir because they think he made a mistake when he signed the CPA that will grantee us our chance to vote for either unity of Sudan or separation, who has ever given us a chance like this before in the story of Sudan?????

    Why are those northern parties or old houses as Al Basheir calls them angry with NCP not because of the CPA! Are trying to distroy CPA, what if the NCP decides to violate the CPA? are we ready to reverse to war? is that how we say thank you to our partner in peace?

    Shame on those mindless Southern Sudanese who are being used by northern parties! Dulls, what are you looking for, a Somaliasation of Southern Sudan? Let us try! once you distroy the CPA, you will leave us with no many options only to declare the Federation states of the Nuerlands, with Malakal city as its capital city beware!!!!!!!!

    Gatyatuach, UK

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  • 3 December 2009 23:15, by Gatnyatuach

    Correction!!

    Why Mr Kiir must not run for the presidency??

    According to the CPA, Kiir must run and also must resign from his current position as the president of GoSS, any attempt from him to avoid the expected humiliated defeat in election by president Al-Basheir will be considered as a violation of CPA and that will lead to his removal even by force if needed!!!!

    Everyone southerner is aware of incompetence of Mr Kiir to run for presidency, Mr Kiir himself is aware of the fact that he will be defeated in the election if he tries to run, this will also make him to lose his position as the president of the GoSS.

    I suppose Dr Riek Machar and other Southern Sudanese should refuse Kiir’s avoidance of presidential candidacy, otherwise he must retire and allow others to run the GoSS.

    SPLM under Mr Kiir and Pagan leadership is becoming incompetent, look at how ridicules these idiots are trying to alliance with those Northern parties that were killing millions of Southerners during the war and that were refusing to acknowledge the just cause of marginalised people of Sudan! why they refused to make peace with us, what is their use now, aren’t they trying to use us to come to power? if God didn’t bring us NCP that is willing to sit down and talk peace with us, can Sadiq or Turabi or Mergani OR SHIT do that to make those idiot leaders in southern Sudan enjoying themselves like this? think CPA CPA CPA who give you this chance of peace, who stop the blood shed?

    Who will elect Sadiq Al Mahdi even me as an SPLM member I will just cast my vote to Mr Omer AlBashier of NCP who gave peace a cahnce in Sudan, the man who is being blamed even by Sadiq for his courage to give Southern Sudan a chance for self determination? Whole Arab world, specially Egypt is happy with El Basheir because they think he made a mistake when he signed the CPA that will grantee us our chance to vote for either unity of Sudan or separation, who has ever given us a chance like this before in the story of Sudan?????

    Why are those northern parties or old houses as Al Basheir calls them angry with NCP not because of the CPA! Are trying to distroy CPA, what if the NCP decides to violate the CPA? are we ready to reverse to war? is that how we say thank you to our partner in peace?

    Shame on those mindless Southern Sudanese who are being used by northern parties! Dulls, what are you looking for, a Somaliasation of Southern Sudan? Let us try! once you distroy the CPA, you will leave us with no many options only to declare the Federation states of the Nuerlands, with Malakal city as its capital city beware!!!!!!!!

    Gatyatuach, UK

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    • 4 December 2009 00:50, by coles Blair

      80% of the comments under this article is just rubbish, i dont understands with some folks commentting more than ten times repeating the same things. anotherthing is 99% of the daily base audients or readers are southerners, and technically the website is own by Arabs, now i understands why it would takes another century to fight illiteracy in southern sudan. dont get me wrong folks may be some you got phd holders and doctorates, but thats all doesnt counts. because being good at being stupid doesnt counts.
      Now about the leadership, let say, 1. Cdr Hon Salva Kiir
      2. Cdr Hon Wani Igga
      3. Malik Agaar
      4. Dr Riek Machar and many more leaders they all fit and qualify to hold the top job but lets face the truth and the challeng, leadership is not only about bravely and highers education achived, look Sudan is a promise land or a true home for African(black). so the right person to settle all this mess and bring peace back to life is honorable Salva Kiir. he had been there since the army struggle, fought seen it all experienced it all. but most of some crook head here are just naive, they cant handle the Arabs, Arabs are legend in dirty tactics.
      REFERENDUM on the way so is the declarations of south as independent state. than Salva is there to implement the rule of law to eradicate your tribal conflic. and for now Bashir must win so he doesnt escape Justice. if he lose he can forge his way out to another muslim or Arab country than he be on run like his friend OSAMA BIN LADEN.
      give yourself some time to think and analyse this, dont think too much that all this gentlement are sleeping with their eyes close they are actually sleeping with one eye open, like the true sons of Africa.
      Lets join hands to put the thug in jail, while we prepare for our independent.
      GOD BLESS YOU ALL AND MAY GOD BLESS THE NATION OF SOURTHERN SUDAN AND ITS CONFUSED PUBLIC.

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      • 4 December 2009 15:42, by Gatnyatuach

        Your erroneous comment shows us the extend of your ignorance,

        First get rid of your own illiteracy before you think of that southerners, you wrote as if you were under drug influence. Talk sense and not rubbish if you want us to engage with you, as we are not just wasting our time debating for the sake of debate rather we do this because we have a real concern about the devastation our country is experiencing right now in the hands of those warlords that are looting our resources and messing up with the freedom of our people!

        If you a point to make, then you are higly welcome but don’t abuse us!

        Thanks

        Gatnyarui, UK

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  • 4 December 2009 00:34, by Justin Chicago opiny

    The idea of a great Autonomy for the south was sadig Al madi,s then the NCP grabbed it when it came into power and are struggling implementing it. If sadig el madi is elected president I asume he will take the race to the finish line as that was his idea.It makes sense for the SPLM and Salva Kiir in particular not to go for this election ,but to wait for 2011 to declare the independent of south sudan on january 9,2011 if the government that will come into power will not make unity attractive as it is now.Be patient it is only less than 14 months to take as to the Canaan.

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  • 4 December 2009 03:45, by Butrus Ajak.

    I support those of Gatwech and James though they are traitors as well. SPLA is proving its weakness beyond doubt. It is something very clear to all of us (Southerners). It is absolutely ridicules for the SPLA to behave like that! So this is what our loving movement is coming to be? Supporting Al-Sadiq Al-Mahdi is worst of all.

    As per se, it is sheerly better supporting Al bashir than him. Bashir signed an accord with us (Southerners) something not done by Sadiq during his reign in power. I wonder what triggered my people to take such dangerous move? What did he say he will do differently this time? He is just deceiving us. These are the people Dr. Garang termed as “a hyena in sheep’s clothing” There is nothing new about him.

    Few months a way for our independent to be, should not be a legitimate reason to side with this dangerous character. We (SPLA) still need to have our candidate though. SPLA leaders may sit down and review this decision please. You also need to value and read again the letter written by Bona Malual Madut about him; he must not sugar-coat himself and deceives us this time. He is a worst Jallaba of all time.

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    • 4 December 2009 07:38, by john king mense

      Dear brothers and sisters i disagree with what SPLM said to nominated Al -Sadiq -Mahdi to be candiate for upcoming election did you trust this Al- Mahdi to be your candiate. It is will become worse if you don,t think twice. We have qaulify leaders here in south sudan who can be candiate for presidency. I would like to advise SPLM to take caution instead of selling themselves away. AL madhi is consumate liar to cheat us .Iam very shock when i have read this message. We are capable of holding presidency rather bringing enemy to benefit us. Iam not satisfy with your opinions

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      • 4 December 2009 11:25, by Marial Mangar Akol

        Hellow readers,
        It is very worst for SPLM to nomiate Al-Sadiq who is he by the way? Is he not from northern Sudan as well as Al-bashir, Wow! people, why don’t thinks big,To make mateer worst he was he had been in power for some years back, did you you remember how he ruled people? always God is with Southern Sudan.

        By Madhol-hok’s son

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      • 4 December 2009 11:35, by james nyoma

        Dear Butrous,

        It doesn’t mean that we support Al Mahdi neither does it mean that we are traitors.

        You have to know that Sudan ,as it is, is not ready to vote for a black/ afro Sudanese leave alone a christian.

        All we need is a change in the Central Government in order for us to either vote for Independance or declare it from our elected parliment.

        So ladies and gentil men we need to be very very smart.

        God help us all. God bless South Sudan.

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        • 5 December 2009 02:40, by Nguetbuny de Luelpiny

          Dears sudanese

          Negotaition has good and bad.

          Awinn-win is a good progress than war.
          If NIF loose election for coming months,that is great;
          but still doesn’t let us avoid the war. Therefore they might refuse to give up the office; Dictators minded are not easy to give up the power. Than over there, we will have Allied coalition with us to knock them out.

          You can see here, how we needs to play games; that what awen wen mean. If we could defeat NCP party by vote, it will give us the best position we could stand there. Also will minimizes the war cost. War is the fail of diplomatic and is last piont after fail of negotiation.

          Thank youde

          Tone of libertators

          Nguetbuny de Luelpiny

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  • 5 December 2009 12:14, by Othogomoi

    The most stupid leader in the worldis salva Kiir,How can you deny your right and give your enenmy another chance to control you.is it during the time of Al bashir, or Sadiq when Garang went to Bush,how stupid you salva?loog at you?
    if you know you are capable, resigned, and let somebody take over.if you dont know Arab, then ask those who have been in khartoum during the time of war, they will give full informations.
    It is even shame ful to sit and talk with this man(saddiq) who kill many Southerners, again you give him another chance?
    Salva, please step down, beause you dont know anything, you dont know history, revolution,governance,leadership,politic and you are nothing at all.
    No southerners will trust you again and your party(SPLM/A) because you are betray, better Lam form you.
    you and your frien saddiq go to hell.
    resign please

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