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Sudan opposition stunned by Arman’s withdrawal amid talk of secret NCP-SPLM deal

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March 31, 2010 (KHARTOUM) — The Sudanese opposition reacted with anger and surprise after the ex-Southern rebel group decided to pull its presidential candidate leaving them feeling betrayed as speculations raged on a secret deal with the ruling party.

Earlier today the Sudan People’s Liberation Movement (SPLM) announced that it pulled its candidate for the post of the country’s president in the upcoming presidential elections scheduled for 11th April.

The decision to withdraw the candidacy of Yasir Arman was reached in the Southern Sudan’s capital, Juba, during the party’s Political Bureau extraordinary meeting which took place on Wednesday.

The Vice President of the Government of Southern Sudan and Deputy Chairperson of the SPLM, Riek Machar, said the party arrived at the decision to withdraw Arman because it did not want to give legitimacy to the incumbent President, Omer Hassan al-Bashir of the National Congress Party (NCP) who runs for re-election.

Arman’s withdrawal means Beshir is assured of re-election in the first round of voting, unless the opposition parties, which meet on Thursday to decide whether to boycott the election, can come up with a single candidate.

Machar added that the SPLM will participate in the elections at all other levels of government with the exception of Darfur and Southern Kordofan, particularly in its parliamentary elections.

However, Arman in an interview with the Qatar based Al-Jazeera TVtoday expressed confidence that other parties will also boycott the elections and suggested that SPLM may extend its non-participation to other parts of North Sudan.

Machar said the SPLM will be in consultation with other political forces and decide how best to carry on with the presidential elections, adding that the withdrawal of Arman did not mean the party had confirmed President Bashir’s candidacy.

The SPLM VP who traveled back to Khartoum on Wednesday evening following the Bureau’s meeting further added that dialogue ould continue with the other political parties over the issues that caused the petition of the opposition parties to the Presidency.

It is not clear whether or not some or all the opposition parties will reconsider their position about the postponement of the elections and accept to participate in it.

But opposition parties appeared unhappy about the unilateral SPLM decision and hinting that it was done in coordination with the NCP for fear of the latter placing hurdles before the 2011 referendum.

"This is a betrayal by the SPLM of its agreement with the opposition forces," said Kamal Omer from the opposition Popular Congress Party (PCP) to Reuters, adding the party would not be boycotting the polls.

Sideeg Yousuf from the Communist Party said he was surprised by the unilateral announcement, which he called "rushed."

"The SPLM and all the political forces agreed that they would make their position in consensus at a meeting tomorrow [Thursday]," he told Reuters. But he added he hoped the parties would still all meet.

Fouad Hikmat, from the International Crisis Group (ICG) think tank, said the SPLM had struck a deal with the NCP to allow Bashir to win the presidency.

"The SPLM have decided to not [fully] boycott the elections because they don’t want to jeopardize the referendum — that is very important to them."

Bashir had told a political rally in Damazin, the capital of the Blue Nile state: "The elections will not be postponed or cancelled. They will take place on time."

"Our partner (in the government), the Sudan People’s Liberation Movement, agrees with us," he added but did not elaborate.

In January, the NCP in a surprise move said it would not field a candidate against SPLM chairman Salva Kiir for South Sudan presidency and called on the former rival to reciprocate.

Bashir, wanted by the International Criminal Court (ICC) for war crimes in Darfur, had threatened a southern referendum in January 2011 if the SPLM boycotted the April 11-18 polls. The NCP hopes an election win will legitimize the rule in face of the warrant.

The NCP welcomed the decision: "We welcome the decision to run for the elections which is the right decision and I hope the other parties will follow," senior NCP official Ghazi Salah Al-Deen Al-Attabani told Reuters.

"It is regrettable they have decided to boycott in Darfur but the elections in Darfur will continue, and I expect a huge turnout in Darfur for the elections," he added.

The polling day is just about ten days away as the voting will begin on 11th April through 13th April.

This week the International Crisis Group (ICG) warned that the NCP is rigging the elections in Darfur to secure the necessary majority to reelect Bashir given the heavy population density in that region which comprise 19% of the country.

"The NCP was able to gain advantages by dominating the drafting of election laws, despite opposition from the SPLM and other parties, and through the demarcation of favorable new electoral districts based on the flawed census results and organized by a National Elections Commission (NEC) heavily influenced by NCP members appointed to its various branches. As a result, constituencies have been added in areas where NCP supporters are the majority and removed in areas where they are not".

The ICG also accused the census takers counted new settlers in Darfur who came from Chad and Niger and issued them identity papers so they can vote as Sudanese citizens while the estimated 2.6 million internally displaced (IDPs) living in camps, as well as people from groups hostile to the NCP living in “insecure” neighborhoods of cities and the population of rebel-controlled areas were not counted.

"The legal environment for free and fair elections does not exist," Hikmat said in a statement from the Brussels-based think-tank.

"The international community should acknowledge that whoever wins will lack legitimacy."

In Khartoum it was announced that the US special envoy to Sudan Scott Gration will fly to Khartoum in an apparent bid to salvage the elections. On Thursday he will meet with Kiir, Al-Attabani, 2nd Vice President Ali Osman Taha and presidential assistant Nafie Ali Nafie.

The government sponsored Sudanese Media Center (SMC) website said Gration is also expected to meet with opposition leaders.

Britain — Sudan’s former colonial power — and Norway, a main provider of aid, joined the United States in expressing concern on Wednesday over the polls.

"We urge all parties in Sudan to work urgently to ensure that elections can proceed peacefully and credibly in April," US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, British Foreign Secretary David Miliband and Norwegian Foreign Minister Jonas Store said.

"We are deeply concerned by reports of continued administrative and logistical challenges, as well as restrictions on political freedoms," they said.

The US, British and Norwegian foreign ministers also said the election should prove a "major milestone" in the 2005 agreement that ended a 22-year north-south civil war.

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  • 1 April 2010 07:06, by Kim Deng

    Unionists,

    Your man out from race. Shame on you all!!!

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    • 1 April 2010 07:49, by Gatbentiu

      SPLM OYEEEE!!!!!!!!!!!

      This is a good political move,the elections will continue here in the South and the SPLM will contest for the National Parliamentary seats in Khartoum.

      Lobengula,what do you know about Unity State?
      Our government is surviving in Juba because of Unity State and Malakal (Reng)
      which are producing oils.

      In this articles there is nothing written about Unity State but my friend Lobengula was abusing the citizens of Unity State,please if you are working for GOSS you get your bread because of Unity State.

      dholbentiu@gmail.com

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      • 1 April 2010 10:51, by Padiet Deng Alony

        The so called gatbentiu you know nothing about oil block in Southern Sudan you better talk of bentiu alone.let me let you know the place exactly oil is pipe lined and met with that of Bentiu.the Major oil block is in Maluth county not Renk My Friend.Palioch the payam of Maluth county is the place people are talking in Upper Nile you understand.learn to know more about counties and states of Southern Sudan right then write properly what you means not just.

        WEd Maluth/Palioch the main oil block in Upper Nile.

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    • 1 April 2010 11:19, by maumau

      Disappointment and failure. MAUMAU

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    • 1 April 2010 19:29, by kuminyandi

      Breaking news!

      The big four of Sudanese opposition parties has just pulled out of election.

      Kumi,

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    • 1 April 2010 19:33, by kuminyandi

      Breaking news!

      The big four of Sudanese opposition parties has kust pulled out of election.

      Kumi,

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  • 1 April 2010 07:11, by marie

    Yasser Arman, you have disappointed us by withdrawing from the race. Bashir is now going to win the election overwhermly. Our hope was on you as a new face in the politics of Sudan. You have dashed that dream. I do not think you will ever get this golden chance in your live again. What a pity!!

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    • 1 April 2010 07:37, by Gatwech

      Ahahahahahaaaaaaa...........We should have studied Yasser Arman very well from the beginning. The man is a hyena in sheep’s skin waiting to devour the people of South Sudan and betray their right to self-determination. We see this if others do not see it. Analyze the poor relationship between Arman and SPLM nationalist leaders with tendency of separatism and you will understand what I mean......

      The man is out! Don’t waste time to cry.....

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    • 1 April 2010 07:39, by kuminyandi

      Dear Marie,

      Mr. Yassir Arman did not withdraw from the race, but SPLM made him to withdraw from the election. To find the truth out,go back and read the article again.

      Kumi,

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      • 1 April 2010 08:57, by okucu pa lotinokwan

        SPLM,Should not do that,if the withdrawal of Said Yasir Arman came from the SPLM bearue,which compose of 27 members,that mean very well that within these members some of them have chamelon colour,H.E GoSS president should do away with them otherwise it will bring bad name to GoSS.

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    • 1 April 2010 07:42, by Matiop Panchol

      This was not a unilateral decission by Yasser Arman, so it is unfair to put the blame on him alone. What we have to wait and see is why the SPLM made that decission.

      Is this another manipulation by the NCP so that Bashir gets the upper hand?

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      • 1 April 2010 07:48, by Gatwech

        Think well!

        Elections is about life and death to Bashir in the same way referendum is about life and death to southerners!!

        Now try to think critically and put together other pieces to get the point right. You will appreciate that yasser arman is withdrawn from the presidential race.

        Let Bashir win!!!

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  • 1 April 2010 07:15, by BUSTA 2

    Hahahahah shame on you SPLM/A,

    Kiir will be the next to withdraw from South Sudan candidate because he have seen the competition from DC part.

    Brother in Christ,

    Busta 2

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    • 1 April 2010 07:42, by Gai Kuol Deng

      You are not a brother in christ dog!

      who is lam politically?
      your vissionless traitor is politically dead. he is nomore.

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    • 1 April 2010 09:08, by okucu pa lotinokwan

      Your DC party will remain in Upper Nile State only,it will not competite with the remaining nine states in south Sudan during election period put this in your mind.Your are a man of one tribe.

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  • 1 April 2010 07:27, by Diro79

    shame on NCP, even when they know that this elections in not going to happen.

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  • 1 April 2010 07:35, by Gai Kuol Deng

    SPLM O yee! bravo cde Yasir. The election was already stolen by NCP we should not give Bashir legitimacy by particpating in this fake election.

    For those who think that it ’s a fear from SPLM to lose referundum conduct. It ’s not true, i even donn’t trust Bashir to allow it to take place.
    what i trust most is my AKM. If he allow us to form our own state without interferent then fine, there will be no war.

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    • 1 April 2010 07:43, by Gatwech

      Dear readers,

      There are those who know how to strategize well even if they know that the time for AK-47 will come in the zero hour. Withdrawal of Yasser Arman is one of such strategies.

      Bashir had threatened to cancel referendum. The heat had to be defused because he said it in March not in December 2010.

      There are excellent strategists who know how to row the boat to the shore and would not allow a storm to it in the middle of the river.

      Elections is about life or death to Bashir as coupled with the issue of ICC. Wise leaders know it and understand that Bashir can become a mad man in March before December or January.

      And by the way, Yasser Arman cannot win the elections any way!!!

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      • 1 April 2010 08:20, by wang

        Yassir Arman withdrawal has got nothing to do with the continuing Darfur conflicts and irregularities. We all knows that the conflict in the Darfur region wasn’t started yesterday. The guy doesn’t wants to risk his life from that threaten was made by Bashier lastnite. Shame on you Yassir. The SPLM shouldn’t had selected him as the party perfect candidate in the first place. So where all those liars you were promises to the Nation of South---

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      • 1 April 2010 08:55, by Newluney

        Shame on SPLM/A

        The come to my house this morning telling me that they are looking for a gun.
        They are forcing me to open my luggage not requesting. What a military government is that.

        Can somebody tell them that civilian have right to live? Every one can not be soldier. Otherwise this country cannot be called a nation.

        Fucken military will be taught one day by a good government so that they will learn how to respect the civilians’ right.

        The are not the government alone but other do contribute more than they can.

        Newluney a man who will never give up the fight till corruption ended and democracy inspire in the South.

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      • 1 April 2010 10:10, by Santino Nuan

        Pulling out SPLM’s candidate from contesting the April Presidential election has surprised many die-heart SPLM supporters. However, the action justifies the reason. Why such decision was taken is only best known to SPLM top leacders. We are not SPLM political Beauru members and we must not make noise outside the fence against the decision taken by those who are responsible of why they have to withdraw their colleague.

        What SPLM should understand well is that NCP are northerners by geography and Arabs by identity they claim to be and they are Islamists by religion. They have one objective no matter what political party they are affliated to. They cannot abondon their Arabism and Islamism. Let them (SPLM) not be fooled by NCP that Bashir would ease Southern Sudan Independence if SPLM leaves Bashir to win Presidential seat.

        We Southerners were deceived by northerners during British handover of Sudan to Sudanese in 1950s when northerners promised that soon the British leave they will grant South confederation with the north. That promised was turned down and totally destroyed until Southerners are compelled to resort to arms struggle that took many lives and demaged South into ash.

        If SPLM withdrew their Yasir Arman from the Presidential election in return of Self-independence of South by Al Bashir government, then SPLM is wrong in its accession. Norherners cannot grant peaceful Seperation of the South no matter whoever become President after election. Even Yasir Arman who is now the SPLM long term struggler cannot easily let South go for independence without slide attempt to block that choice.

        This decision of withdrawing of Yasir Arman candidacy from the Presidential race will not be undertood in this short period of time but it will be undertoond in future time.

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  • 1 April 2010 08:18, by paweetdit

    SORRY Aman!!! SORRY SPLM!!! i was not expecting Arman to takes that blind decision, what will SPLM gain after all? The decision you took will be a lesson to SPLM.
    Dear fellow citizens in souh be prepare for next coming election if God will intervince to save lifte.Am Blaming SPLM for the did.
    Am Sorry to be a BLind supporter of SPLM.

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    • 1 April 2010 09:01, by Maper

      SPLM seems to be a party you can’t put your trust on it. If this trend of up and down in making decisions goes on, CPA will be reduced to nothing, but a mere KPA (Khartoum Peace Agreement). We all know being submissive was what lead to the collapse of Addis Ababa agreement. The southern signatories to KPA put their 100% trust in the hand of Bashiir, nothing yielded. SPLM gave up some important ministries to NCP in an attempt to please Bashiir, nothing promising happened. Now, SPLM withdraws its candidacy so that Bashiir would allow referendum to be conducted and the south to secede smoothly. After winning, what’s a guarantee that he will allow referendum. Now NCP confidence will be boosted, and they will try their luck to block referendum knowing that they succeed in every attemp they make. In addition, Bashiir will now focus on making Lam a president of GOSS because he has already secured his.

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  • 1 April 2010 09:01, by Hassan

    Arman was very clever he withdrew his nomination in the right time,because if he undergoes the elections,he will be defeated by a big margin.Arman withdrawal of nomination was pushed down his throat ,he is a helpless candidate,he has to succumb to the wish of Kirr. Arman is behaving against the interests of his own people. I wonder what will he do when the the south becomes independent. I think he will apply for refuge in another country,nobody in the north will accept him any more.Hassan Kassala

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  • 1 April 2010 09:05, by Newluney
    • 1 April 2010 09:45, by wacjak

      The biggest question that has not been asked since this discussion is for the SPLM to tell us the southerners and all SPLM fervent supporters wherever the may be in the Sudan who to vote for after they decided to withdraw Arman from the Race.

      Right now the South Sudanese are in Dilema before the withdrawal and after because here is a situation whereby through the threats from Bahir there is that likely of not allowing for peaceful elections and by the end of the day no referendum. Should we withdraw him from the race, then Bashir and the rest from the north may not grant us what we need after all they don’t want that to happen. See how difficult it is to choose?

      As for Gatwech, if at all Yassir is a hyena in goat’s wool then you and indeed the traitors all (Nuer/Shilluk who betrayed the South)I don’t mean all, because here we have those who know what the South’s problem is and they never abandoned their brothers and sisters not for once. Dr. Riek is a hyena is goat’s wool, Matip Nhial is one, Dr. Lam is one, All the Nuer militia integerated in the SPLA are hyenas.

      Think before you jump to conclusion.

      Your identity needs to be scrutinized in the South.

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      • 1 April 2010 16:59, by mohammed ali

        Wacjak,

        It is very obvious, the NCP didn’t nominate a candidate in the South,Salva under pressure from the PB nominated the most unsuitable candidate to contest for the presidency so that they can withdraw him at the right time,now they did it!

        I am sure that you are inteligent enough to understand what the SPLA wants you to do!

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    • 1 April 2010 10:15, by sunny

      Mr. SPLA, LOBENGULA and other Machar’s Critics

      Machar is not the only/final Think-tank in southern sudan, what ever declaration he made, it is by South sudan Think-tank(SPLM Bereau). If you are purely politicians,or following keenly how SPLM Bereau conduct their affairs, you cannot blame Machar.

      Guys, you need to affiliate yourselves with the government in order to have a reason to critize Dr. Machar in whatever portfolio he is implement.

      COMMENT: in my point of view,you have a Chronic hatred for Dr. Machar even he does good that can save the whole south. one of you proudly said yesterday that whether he (Machar) does good or not, I hate him naturally. Is this how we can live in unity in the south?

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    • 1 April 2010 10:33, by Maper

      It’s really disturbing for the SPLM to withdraw its candidacy for presidential election. The excuse that Darfur SPLM members asked it to withdraw from the election is rubbish, it is not a main reason. Why does darfursplm ask for partial withdrawal? They should have asked for complete withdrawal or boycot. When splm was negotiating CPA, darfur people were dying. When it celebrated the signing of CPA, they were being killed. When it formed a government of national unity with NCP, they were being terrorised. Whenever a presidential meeting (by omar, kiir & ali) is being held, aerial bombardment continues in darfur. When ICC was doing justice in relation to the ongoing genocide in Darfur, SPLM sternly rejected the indictment and strongly supported bashiir. Now, when did SPLM become so caring? Isn’t this a Lame excuse? SPLM should stop buying the idea of bona malual & joseph lagu who claim that bashiir is the only candidate who promised the conduct of referundom and so deserves the south votes. This is all nonsense. I know SPLM makes critical decisions and reverses days later. Let me hope they are going to do it again as this will be a plus.

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  • 1 April 2010 09:44, by murlescrewed

    TRAITORS celebrating the back room deals that has led to CDE Arman’s pulling out don’t understand that this was done in exchange for measly 40 extra parliamentary seats. SPLM will lead to regret the decision it has made today. It had the chance to destroy the political identity of the country for good but now succumbed to NCP’s parliamentary tricks. This has nothing to do with South’s internal politics or attempts by TRAITORS on this website to claim credits.

    What has happened is a pure betrayal of Sudanese people and Southerners in particular. Southerners of all walks were eagerly looking forward to voting for CDE Arman so that he can bring sanity to Khartoum government. Now, they wonder if they should do magic to resurrect Dr. Garang’s spirit from the grave in put in one of the red army generation.

    What the SPLM old guard has done is a cheap political expediency that will haunt them to their graves. It is that simple folks. Even TRAITORS will live to regret this silly and ill-informed move. NCP can now toast to a well-oiled ploy.

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  • 1 April 2010 09:47, by ZOOM PAKEER

    EEEEIIII! THE PEOPLE OF JUNUP?

    HOW COME FOR YOU TO WITHDRAW YOUR PRESIDENTIAL CANDIDATE
    FROM THE RACE.
    I THINKS YOU HAVE BEEN BRIBES BY BASHIR,BECAUSE THIS ONE IS
    TOTALLY EMBARASE .
    SHAME ON LEADERS.

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  • 1 April 2010 10:20, by Akuma

    The withdrawal of Yassir Arman from presidency election has weaken SPLM members and whole of Sudan. People were optimistic with Yassir Arman’s voice because he was a man of change and democracy in Sudan as whole.

    Dr. Akuma,
    Chicago USA

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  • 1 April 2010 10:42, by samson Ogalla

    It was a mistake at the begning by selecting such elment; for how long we are going to learn their tric. it may means that we are not capable to lead our selves. how do we feel by egnoring same of our figure politican.
    I mean it,even by putting some one southern to represent south. let me asure you that we are in colour war were we southern we are not concider as a people. I impasesed that is better to fall on election than withdrawal. it will look same on SPLA/SPLAM. Please don’t let us down after all this blood shad and millions of people live. am sorry if so let it be like day mare

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    • 1 April 2010 19:46, by Time1

      Samson

      It is better to withdraw with dignity than to be defeat.

      Will you want to win even if it is not in your interest, or will you like to withdraw if it is in your interest?

      Which one will to pick?

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  • 1 April 2010 10:49, by AAMA

    The SPLM since its anticipation has been crying for a united Sudan on new bases, and in the process, it successfully used the Blue Nile, Nuba, East, Darfur, even talked about the north and finally the northern opposition in its fight against the central government. I think it is safe to say that most of its current leadership is confined and concerned only about the south, which is fine if the stopped talking about Sudan marginalized people and political parties and stopped using their suffering for their own agenda.

    Today, the northern opposition parties (regardless of what people think of them) feels betrayed, just like the Blue Nile people and the Nuba mountains people felt yesterday. When will Sudan make the transition from having politician’s to having statesmen?

    Peace.

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    • 1 April 2010 11:53, by sunny

      Dear readers,

      I want to ask you a question. which one is better, failure or withdrawal? Naturally southerners don’t accept a defeat. And when something of this kind happens, it can diffenitely result to war. And when war erupts, we can not think of a peaceful referendum.

      I believe that is what SPLM Bureau is prognosticating by opting to urge Mr. Arman to boycott the election. And by so doing, lets not reflect this decision to Mr. Machar because SPLM’s decision is not is own making.

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      • 1 April 2010 19:51, by Time1

        I would rather withdraw than to be defeated.

        Live today and die another day.

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  • 1 April 2010 13:16, by Oliha Charles Dickens

    Yasir whatever name they called you! Get out of Southern Sudan and go back to the North. Today, I wish you posters and cleared out of the street of Southern Sudan and parts. You have wasted the Southern Sudanese resources and at the end you shammed the movement.

    Go to hell and reconcile with your family in the north. May Allah welcome you to your Muslim brotherhood. And plan for another attack for the Southerners.

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    • 1 April 2010 18:11, by kuminyandi

      Dear Oliha,

      Please be informed that Mr. Yassir did not withdraw because he want to withdraw, but he was pulled out of the election by SPLM Politbeauru decision to withdraw. In other words, the withdrawing was not Yassir Arman’s choice. Please don’t blamed Mr. Yassir for this an unfortunate decision by SPLM.

      Kumi,

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  • 1 April 2010 13:35, by Simon Wicheng

    I am disappointed but I hope the decision is strategic. I have teared my voting card. My vote was for Yaser. I travelled 50 miles to London to get registered. What I did is not a waste.

    I still respect the party’s decision. Plse inform us of the next step, we are with u.

    Long live SPLM, Long the Unity of Sudanese people. New Sudan is Certain

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  • 1 April 2010 14:09, by Africano

    Of course Yasir Araman was paid off by NCP to step down from presidential race, the usual SPLM behavior. SPLM can not win presidential elections under the sun.

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  • 1 April 2010 14:18, by Kuany Dak

    I have no doubt that Arman withdraw amide of this April election is strategic victory to the south Sudan, but controversial as well. First, South sudan’s referendum in january 2011, will go head as it is planned. Second, SPLM as party had a right to withdraw its candidates if they think election will not favor them and wish not to legitimatize NCP candidate, Omer Al bashir.
    On the others hands, SPLM should spell out very clear the decission to withdraw the candidacy of its candidate, Mr. Arman. I wish, they consult with sudanese opposition parties to withdraw as well, leaving Bashir a single runner in every expected multi party election in decades.

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    • 1 April 2010 15:27, by Gatluak Latjor

      Very good decision. This will lower the fear of some people and will make the partners to the CPA have it in their hand.

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      • 1 April 2010 15:47, by mohammed ali

        This decision was taken jointly by Machar and Salva.They are working together very closly and in harmony and tandem.They are all the time sending you a very clear message.Stop your petty , foolish and stupid tribalistic fighting, which will lead only to divison,violence and death of innocent southerners by the hands of southerners.It will agravates and compounds the grievances of southerners.

        It is unconcievable that all the time you, educated people who are living in more affluent countries and exposed yourselves to different human cultures and experiences, talk all the time through a shallow and narrow tribal "brain"

        I understand very much that, we are still a nation in formation, wheather in the north or south, with or without separation.This is more prominent where means of comunications,trnsportation,education are least developed.Tribe is very important factor in our life.We are all very proud of our tribes and we should be.But we should be proud of all our tribes..all of them.We should preach peace,love and harmony; not hatred ,division and violence .

        Salva and Machar are doing a very good job together.They are both heros,they had their mistakes , just like us; we all have our mistakes.They understand very well the critical time the SOUTH and Sudan in general is passing throug.They are settelling their differences friendly and amicably.We all have differences even within our families.At a time when everyone is holding a gun in his hand, hatred will engulf us all.Let us respect them and give them support and encouragment!

        The SPLA after getting rid of it’s belligerent communist clique is undergoing a major transformation.Together with the NCP,they brought up the CPA and peace.With or without secession, now they can lead the country away from the greed of foreign nations.We have been living together for long, and our people on the borders donnot understand borders,passports or visa.They were solving their problems alone for generations.They are less educated than us but they are not infected with our viruses of arrogancy and hatred.Let us leave them alone!

        Sudan is quite big and rich beyond our immagination, it can accomodate us all , with or without secession.We have been destrying it for quite long.Let stop it now!

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  • 1 April 2010 15:45, by Abdallah Shakshak

    The reaction of Sudanese opposition regarding withrwal of Mr.ARMAN from the upcoming election andd as they claim that they suprised,theie reaction is meaningless and what they are waiting for they have to take the same action as soon as possible to avoide new coplecated criss in Sudan and will nor be like the previouse one and in fact the SPLM must pull ARMAN out from this facke election it is the only option they have not more.and they are true when they said that the election is already correpted by NCP and Election Commission and there is war in darfur and south of Sudan as well so honistly we can not be able to process election under this condition and the others opposition groups they have to do the same as SPLAM did to keep thier history clean other wise they will get lost, and if not that means they are going to give NCP rights and power to comitt more crimes in darfur and coutinues raping the the darfurain women.

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    • 1 April 2010 15:50, by Gabriel Green

      Nonsense whom are we going to vote for,Political Bureau should tell us? we the southerns for sudan presidency

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      • 1 April 2010 16:08, by spanner

        Hahahahahahaha!Oooh lalaah!!! Its not that Bashier is going to win he has won the election already.pouvre SPLM, voues est tre’s embeciele.

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  • 1 April 2010 16:29, by Angelo Achuil

    If SPLM denounces the position of Arman, that will be a BIG mistake. It will send a wrong message to what Khartoum thinks of Juba administration

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  • 1 April 2010 17:21, by KingTaharqa

    Retarded SPLM, Addis Ababa all over again!!
    You do not make a deal with the Devil. Pagan never knew.
    The CPA dose not belong to the Mr Bastard-Shir
    Cowards, their hearts full of fear. scared of the Fugitive words
    they betrayed the Nuba to get their CPA, they ignored Darfur to get their blood money, they betrayed themselves by accepting false informations, censes, etc Kiss ass kiss ass
    Why do SPLM bleives that the Fugitive will peacefully separate the South? and Can someone tell me why there are still all those oustanding, unresolved issues? Witness 1972 in a time machine.
    IF anything Kirr should have arrested the Bastard. Not dealing with the Devil.

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    • 1 April 2010 18:12, by mohammed ali

      Taharga,

      ICKA SHUKRIL IRENE ANO DAOUWN IRIGA SUKISEENGA!

      ((thank you for carrying the name of our great grandfather!))

      It is obvious that we are moving steady towards peace with or without secession.The fall of a belligerent adventurist is a good sign in the right direction.Peoply are fed up with the old communist tactics and rehtoric of revolutione, belligrency and violence.

      Peace paves the way towards development and prosperity.Hate-mongers , hate to go through this path!

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  • 1 April 2010 19:26, by Time1

    The northern opposition are just hypocrites, they condemn SPLM for withdrawal but why they also withdraw their candidates today? They have to understand that above the national interest every party has their own interest to follow, this is the games of elections every where.

    If only Umma party and communists party withdraw then there are other parties who are willing to participate.

    Why the opposition do not come together andnominate SPLM-DC leader Lam Akol to challenge omer bashir, Lam Akols talks alot but let him challenge omer bashir if he is serious about change, why is he afriad to challenge omar bashir meanwhile he is just making noise about south sudan.

    The opposition should mobilise their support and challenge omar bashir, the opposition is very weak and lack popularity but this can be a good begining for them.

    The elections however should go on , the rules of the elections are clear if you are not ready just withdraw meanwhile the elections continue with those ready, SPLM is only not contesting in Darfur but they will contest in any other areas of the north includiong khartoum.

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    • 1 April 2010 19:36, by kuminyandi

      Breaking news!

      The big four of Sudanese opposition parties has kust pulled out of election.

      Kumi,

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      • 1 April 2010 20:27, by mohammed ali

        They are declaring their weakness to the world.Still the UDP AND PCP and other smaller parties didn’t pull out.

        Let nature take it’s course: survival is for the fittest.The Umma party has declared it’s demice, which is natural with the spread of education all over Sudan.Sudanese people can not be held hostage to Al mahadi’s and his cousion, daughters and sons in the 21st century This was the last chance for Alsadig Almahadi to prove his credibilty and popularity.Time will not stop for him to prove himself.

        They had the chance to prove that the election is not fair.They cannot do that by playing games.The world will not believe as they know that they pulled out because of their weakness.Now the NCP will not need to rig the elections even if they want to or planned to do so.They should have participitated and then complain or claim that the elections is rigged.

        Any, way they are not going to affect the elections, referundum or CPA.

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  • 1 April 2010 20:03, by babadit

    I am so diappointed for the rest of my life i belief there will never be a time i will vote for a president of my choice in sudan, what SPLM had done is totally not acepted by sudanese world wide.
    i am deeply depressed and will never walk with my head down untill i saw total change in sudan, and will not trust SPLM again

    better stay at home without voting for such unaceptable withdrawal , you promised us a new sudan for all but where is the vission that Dr.late john left for us .
    we know you have hijack the vission and we will soon go back to war with the North, i wish it was Salva death,we could have been led by a rightfull person

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    • 2 April 2010 10:16, by James

      We know what we are doing.Dar fur is burning,then why insist on presidential candidacy.Sudan must be splitted into the following jurisdictions:
      1.Republic of South Sudan, which includes Nuba mountains,& South Blue Nile.
      2.Republic of North Sudan
      3.Republic of Dar-Fur
      4.Republic of east Sudan &
      5.The Nile Republic which includes North Kordufan,Gezira,Khartoum,White Nile state,& Nile state.

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