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SPLM’s Al-Hilu vows to buck result of South Kordofan’s polls as killing incident stokes tension

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May 17, 2011 (KHARTOUM) – The leader of Sudan People’s Liberation Movement (SPLM) in Sudan’s central state of South Kordofan, Abdul Aziz Adam al-Hilu, on Tuesday reiterated his refusal to recognise the result of the state’s elections, stressing that his party would not participate in a government resulting from a “rigged” vote.

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Sudan People’s Liberation Movement (SPLM) military soldiers walk at Kadogli market town in South Kordofan State May 1, 2011. (Reuters Pictures)

In his first public appearance since Sunday’s announcement of the result, which declared that his main rival Ahmad Haroun of the ruling National Congress Party (NCP) beat him to the office of state governor by 6,500 votes, Al-Hilu addressed thousands of SPLM supporters celebrating the 28th anniversary of the Sudan People’s Liberation Army (SPLA), the SPLM’s military wing, in the state’s key town of Kadugli on Tuesday.

Al-Hilu declared that the SPLM had decided not to participate in any government formed according to the result, accusing those whom he called “enemies of peace and unity” of rigging the elections “on a scale never witnessed in the world before.”

The SPLM’s veteran promised his supporters as they chanted anti-Haroun slogans that the SPLM would continue to resist the result and would not participate in any government formed according to the result.

“We remind you that there is no going back in defending your rights through peaceful struggle in order to eliminate all the powers seeking to take you backward,” Al-Hilu told the crowd.

Al-Hilu further revealed that he was currently conducting high-level contacts with the Government of Southern Sudan (GoSS) which, according to him, reaffirmed support to the people of “new South Kordofan.”

The SPLM, which controls the soon-to-be independent region of South Sudan, won 21 seats in South Kordofan’s legislative assembly whereas the NCP won 33 seats.

South Kordofan’s legislative and gubernatorial elections, which lagged behind as Sudan held nationwide elections in April 2010 due to disagreements over census results, were largely peaceful.

However, disputes marred the stage of vote-counting, leading to the withdrawal of the SPLM which said that the vote was rigged in favour of the NCP, citing claims of spotting fraudulent polling centers.

South Kordofan is important to North Sudan’s ruling NCP because it contains oil fields and neighbours the restive western region of Darfur, where the government has been fighting rebels since 2003.

Also, the NCP’s candidate Ahmad Haroun happens to be one of three Sudanese individuals, including President Al-Bashir, sought by the International Criminal Court (ICC) in connection to atrocities committed in Darfur.

Meanwhile, the already-tense climate in South Kordofan escalated further after a regular force member shot dead the chieftain of Al-Amma tribe at a checkpoint barrier on the road to Slara area in Kadugli’s south western side.

Eye-witnesses told Sudan Tribune that Al-Amma chieftain, Awad Engiliz, stopped his car at the orders of the checkpoint’s policemen before one of them fired bullets on him.

An angry crowd of Al-Amma tribesmen gathered around the morgue to which the deceased’s body was taken.

The three-hour siege of the morgue ended after the authorities responded to Al-Amma tribesmen’s demands of extraditing the perpetrator and removing the checkpoints.

Shops in the town market closed down as armed men were spotted in the town during daytime, according to eye-witnesses.

Analysts fear that the existence of numerous armed groups in South Kordofan, including the north Sudan army, the paramilitary Popular Defense Forces, the SPLA as well as tribal militias may lead to violent confrontation if tension persists.

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  • 18 May 2011 07:36, by Chier Akueny

    Keep it up Hilu, we are all after Nubian people there is no way you can walk alone.I hope SPLM/A will win. Nubian people should not remain with criminals in the North.

    Hilu, is a man who can bring freedom to Nuba Mountain!

    SPLM/A Oyeeee

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  • 18 May 2011 08:01, by zol aweer

    Yes we can through Al-hilu leadership, there is no way we can’t sell our land simply to those thug of NCP.
    We remain committed and loyal to your order comrade, come peace or war until we achieve the aspiration of the Nuba people.
    One beaten twice shy,better death than missing this golden chance,We are almost there.
    Nuba people Oyee ! SPLM Oyee ! Al-Hilu Oyee !

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  • 18 May 2011 08:18, by Aleu

    Abdul Aziz Adam.

    You are right brother, these indictments in the NCP are trying to make fraud from Sudan level all the way to governorship and there is no need to recognized the people who have been indicted supposedly they should faces jail time.

    I have been disappointed with those Nubian not all Nubian people but the people who vote for him to support indictment party instead, they should vote out in the office. This is a shame to our brothers in Nubian to reject right man in the SPLM at the right time in the right place.

    Mr, Abdul Aziz Adam. Do not accept any deal made by NCP and their supporters, because that is the way they have been neglecting people for years. Omar al Bashir himself was not supposed to lead nation because he was been indicted but foolish people think it is okay if the criminal wanted lead them. I think there are many options for you to deal with them so that, they will know rigged election is bad. I don;t have to tell you what option you will need to take since you were from the SPLA, then you know exactly your role thank.

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    • 18 May 2011 09:08, by Cibaipiath Junub Sudan

      Dear brothers,
      Your comments showed strong support to your fellow commrades in Nuba Mountains. However, i want to alert the SPLM in Nuba Mountain to stand firm on their promises and commitment. If they do not want to participate in a Government force by vote rigging, they have to abstain from it. I hope abdul Aziz and his team are more safer than Haruon, Nafie and Bashir because they are most wanted criminals. Those foolish citizens who voted for criminals will soon regrets if their heads are arrested and hanged to death.

      The South North border demarcation and Abyei will soon develop an opportunity for their indictment and the ultimate fall of the NCP in the North. Just remain patient and see what will happen in all corners of the Northern Sudan that is South(Abyei), Nuba Mountain, Blue Nile,Darfur Eastern Sudan,Center of NCP and Surrounding oppositions parties. NCP shall end its tenure after 9th July 2011.

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  • 18 May 2011 11:04, by Deng Mabeny de Kuot

    Yes I agreed with Hero. Abdul Aziz Adam al-Hilu on his statement of New Southern Kordofan and I said do it for the people of Nuba Mountain and urge them to be around; its time that you take part to guard and to hold this resourceful state of Southern Kordofan. Let everyone seize this historical change. One people (black African). One state. One fight. will result to one Freedom...

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  • 18 May 2011 15:46, by Janafil

    Al-Hillu
    SPLM/SPLA in the South is backing you, don’t worry, go a head! no wonder we know you are the greatest warrior in SPLA as well as all the other nubian people.

    SPLM/SPLA Oyeeeeeeeeeeeee

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    • 19 May 2011 08:18, by Catch 22

      Guys we should get real, after July 9, 2011 any support to SPLM North Sudan will be inconsistent with non interference in matters of another sovereign state and understood as declaration of war. We should on the contrary support the SPLM northern sector to stand on its own by weaning it off south sudan. Otherwise, they have no future on their own. It goes without saying that the success of south Sudan means the death of the new Sudan vision with it the raw deal for the Nuba Mts. They should be assisted to make the most suitable choice from a bad situation by joining the government of south Khordofan. Finally SPLM has got its match in the election rigging machinery.This should serve as a lesson to everyone that rigging whether in the south or the north is not good for the people. Respect peoples’ vote.

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