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Abyei demonstrates over delay in passing referendum bills

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By Ngor Arol Garang

December 28,2009 (KHARTOUM) – Thousands of Abyei residents demonstrated today to protest the delay in referendum bills.

The southern Sudan ruling Sudan People’s Liberation Movement (SPLM) and six political parties appealed to demonstrate peacefully on Monday to protest the delay in referendum bills for the semi-autonomous region and Abyei which has a particular administration during the interim period.

The two peace partners are at odd on who has the right to participate on Abyei referendum. The Sudan’s dominant National Congress Party (NCP) wants to give the Misseriya the right of vote in the referenda while the SPLM looks for a strict criterion over the sensitive issue.

Chanting anti government slogans with alternate slogans for peace and stability, the demonstrators called for immediate passage of the bill without insertion of any article giving non-citizens right to vote at referendum.

Speaking from Abyei town amid crowd where sounds of demonstration were heard during interview, Chol Changath, SPLM Secretary General, said citizens and SPLM supporters are demonstrating to share their frustrations over delay in passing referendums.

He said the ruling NCP has no intention to pass the bill. "This is what prompted the whole town to stage demonstration so that the world is informed," he added.

Some of protesters came from far villages just to attend this demonstration, this shows that these citizens have something to which the government of the day should listen, he said.

Questioning National Assembly proposition prioritizing discussions on Post- referendum deliberations, he posed, where and why is the assembly interested in post referendum issues while referendum itself is not passed.

However, in statements to the media today, Yasir Saeed Arman who heads SPLM parliament bloc said the National Assembly will hold today an evening session to discuss the referendum laws for Southern Sudan and Abyei.

This came following request made by the ruling National Congress Party’s members parliament to postpone the morning session for consultations among themselves and with leaders of their party.

On Sunday 27, Arman and his group threatened to boycott the session if the version of the referendum bill, particularly the one which both parties, had earlier agreed on is not presented for deliberations.

(ST)

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  • 29 December 2009 03:17, by Dinka Boy

    The citizens of Abyei have right to protest for the delayed of the referendum bill. The Dinka-Ngok are the inhabitants of abyei while the miseryia who were the welcome cattle keepers in the Abyei areas must know that they have no right for this referendum bills.
    Thanks

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    • 29 December 2009 06:37, by Sala Gai

      My humble Abyei

      It’s your fault to understand the move tick of your artifical tribe in the North part, Southern Sudan will not support your dirty game which where made by your grand uncle Deng Majok to get his leadership from South part but he didn’t have knownledge what will be the out come in the fulure as it’s problem now,

      it could be better if he is a life now to see what was the adisadvantage of agree with such Arab.

      Take care and fil free we are Southern face problem in place.

      Salah gai hope for more helpfull

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      • 29 December 2009 16:18, by lino

        Deng Majok was not the chief when British pulled Abyei, Touc Area from Bahr El Gazal on one hand and Pan Aru area from Upper Nile on the other in 1905.
        You should go back to school to know the truth. What you wrote are the Northern Arab knowledge as they are saying southerners accepted to be part of Sudan in the famous Juba Conference of 1947.
        Good news Abyei and other areas were pulled without a conference so it was one way decision from the authority of the day.
        Good Luck

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    • 31 December 2009 11:27, by Makuach Akot Ngongdit

      ot stand with them in the hard time. pliz try to convince yourAnyway the so called Dinka-Ngok are very right to demonstrate for the delays of passing referendum bill but what I should tell my fellow Abyei citizen is that they should know that their fronds is qualified to face any shallenges agains their wills but their behinds is full of dirty. ie, their children are driven away by the so called SPLM-DC and MSF parties that do not even stand behind them in the hard time so, pliz convince your lost kids

      Makuach Akot Ngongdit

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  • 29 December 2009 03:48, by James John

    All Southern Sudan need is a country for then, why is so hard for the government (NCP) so scared to give a Southern new country????

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    • 29 December 2009 05:30, by Mr Famous Big_Logic_Boy

      Mr RB, James John or whoever, you better keep away from this fora, you knows nothing about Sudan politics don’t mess up with our affairs. Just enjoy ur new year burger my friend.

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      • 29 December 2009 09:53, by gaidit

        ABYEI DEMONSTRATION YESTERDAY WAS NOT FOR NOTHING ,BRO. ALTHOUGH BAHR EL GHAZAL PERIMITIVES COMMUNITY HAVE DENIES EDUCATED POLITICIANS OF EQUATORIA AND THEN WE HAVE RIGHT
        TO TELL THE FACT

        MAY BLESS GOD ABYEI REGION TO BECOME APART OF SOUTH SUDAN I PRAY HARD AND HARDER SUCH THAT GOD WILL CHANGE THIS ARROGANCE OF DINKA ESPECIALLY BAHR GHAZAL WHO TAKE CATTLE KEEPER TO THE PARLIAMENT.

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