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Sudan communist party leader visits Juba next week


November 7, 2008 (KHARTOUM) – The Secretary General of Sudan’s communist party (SCP) Ibrahim Nugud announced today that he will visit the Southern capital next week for talks with political forces there.

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Mohamed Ibrahim Nugud, the Secretary General of the SCP

Nugud told the independent Al-Akhbar in an interview that his trip aims at “bolstering the activities of the SCP in southern Sudan”.

The opposition leader further said that he will take part in political forums that will take place in Juba.

This is the first time the communist figure visits Southern Sudan in more than two decades. He has been in the hiding since the 1989 coup fearing arrest by the Sudanese authorities until five years ago.

The SCP has minimal presence if any in the semi-autonomous south. Nugud attributed this to the dominance of the Sudan People Liberation Movement (SPLM) in the region.

However the veteran opposition leader said that he wants to utilize his party’s links with SPLM so that 2011 self determination referendum in the South will favor unity rather than secession.

The SCP has been supportive of the Comprehensive Peace Agreement (CPA) and told Sudan Tribune in an interview last year that “the CPA as an end result is a positive agreement; it stopped the war, opened the road to peace, and gave southern Sudan the right for self-determination after a referendum”.

However, he regretted that the CPA “addressed many issues in abstract terms and did not take into account the experience of the Sudanese political movements”.

The SCP is set to hold its fifth congress soon which would be held forty years after its last convention.

Founded in 1946, the SCP was a major force in Sudanese politics until 1971, when former president Gaa’far al-Nimeiri launched a wave of repression against the party after escaping a foiled coup where some communist officers had been involved.


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  • 8 November 2008 06:45, by J.James


    Welcome Mr. Nugud, South Sudan always accept visitors but our visitors should not tell us the type of soup he want take with his dinner.

    The issue of unity must soley remain at the hands of southerners to decide rather than Northerners who hated unity for years to be hecky about it.

    I know Nugud members agree

    God bless

    The writer is the future president who will redeem everybody from tribal manipulations.

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    • 8 November 2008 08:21, by ukech

      Nugut should now prepare to leave the leadership of his party to younger generation of SCP. His elitist ideas and positions has forced members of this party from the South and the North to abandon the party and join SPLA/M.

      He will face lost of challenges in Juba if he wants the unity vs. secession topic debated during his visit. Why can’t he see that these topic is already concluded and he does not have any influence in the South any way.

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    • 9 November 2008 04:52, by deng ngang

      Thank future president, H.E, C in C, Hon. James or whoever. Your adage is well used and I hope Nugud will read it before he come to south in order to be cautious not to decide the type of soup he will be given. I need die-hard supporters of south sudan as a severeign state. Keep up pushing for it however, mind some political terminologies. You may be betraying our leadership and south sudan top secret if you keep confronting northerners. Let’s put more effort on Darfur crisis and referendum. Let’s mobilise afro-sudanese to stand together instead of fighting a empty war of words with Northerners.

      Well, Nugud wanted to get a CPA which has featured-characteristics of 1972 agreement, so that it can be dishonoured again by ruling arab dominated clique. Nonetheless, this time the true sons of the land have known how to sleep and keep one eye open. Therefore, the Sudan Communisst Party (SCP) leader will remain in nightmares and confirm the fact that wishes are never horses, for the poor Nugud would ride on them. southerners are awake and will never be fooled. If they like unity they will vote for it but they will never be wheeled by wolves in sheep’s uniform.

      After all, we need people and we need unity so Honourable Nugud is welcome to south sudan.

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  • 8 November 2008 11:27, by Yaak Barach

    He is not welcomed in Juba if he wants to talk about unity..I get irritated of northern politicians trying their best to play around with southerners stand toward 2011 referendum.. I hope and expect nobody to listen to their cry for unity..NO NO NO NO NO UNITY with the NORTH comes 2011..I am tired of Arabs hypocrisy. It’s time they leave us alone. SPLM/A OYEE!!!

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    • 8 November 2008 15:40, by Kiir

      Northern should stop talking about stupid unity and levae this to people of south to decide,

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