June 7, 2011 (KHARTOUM) — Sudanese government appointed an interim chief administrator for the contested area of Abyei, two week after dissolving the Abyei administration and relieving SPLM’s member Deng Arop Kuol from his position, on 21 May.
In accordance with the 2005 peace deal, the presidency appoints the chief administrator and his deputy .The head of departments also are to be appointed by the presidency after the recommendation of their chief.
The minister at the Sudanese presidency Bakri Hassan Saleh issued Tuesday a ministerial decree appointing Ahmed Hussein Al-Imam an executive administrator and Mjid Yak Kuor a deputy administrator.
The ministerial decree provides that the new administration will act under direct supervision of the presidential affairs minister.
The southern Sudanese government contested the ousting of the former governor Deng Arop Kuol but Khartoum said his removal did not violate the Comprehensive Peace Agreement as the text is silent on the relieve of Abyei administrator.
South Sudan’s government refused last week a proposal to set up a rotating administration for Abyei which should remain under the control of the northern Sudanese army while the SPLA, according to the proposition, should stay south to Bahar al-Arab or Kiir river.
The proposition also says a joint north-south committee will administrate the area on 8 July one day before the formal proclamation of South Sudan independence on 9 July.
Khartoum further proposed to replace the current international peacekeepers by "more effective" African troops.
The fate of the region is supposed to be determined by a referendum which had to be conducted on 9 January. But the disagreement over voter eligibility led to freeze the vote. However, the parties still say are committed to hold the plebiscite on the future of the area.