April 4, 2010 (KHARTOUM) — Supporters of Yasir Arman, withdrawn candidate for the Sudanese presidency, protested today outside the SPLM’s premises in Khartoum demanding him to compete again against President Omer Al-Bashir.
- SPLM’s Yasir Arman
The SPLM deputy chairman Riek Machar last Wednesday announced the SPLM decision to withdraw Arman from the presidential race. He cited to justify this move, electoral irregularities and the continuation of violence in the restive Darfur region.
However rumors flared up in the Sudanese capital about a secret deal between the SPLM and its peace partner the National Congress Party (NCP). Arman addressed the press saying he withdrew from the elections because it is not aimed for democratic process.
Dozens of Arman supporters demonstrated on Sunday outside the premises of the Sudan People’s Liberation Movement in Khartoum carrying flags of the SPLM and chanted slogans in his favor. The protesters accused the National Elections Commission of fraud and violations of election law.
Yasir Jaafar, a SPLM official in northern Sudan, said the conduct of the elections in the way the ruling National Congress Party wants, will not reflect the aspirations of Sudanese in unity, stability and peace.
Arman candidacy gathered many supporters from outside the SPLM particularly in northern and western Sudan. He was seen as serious threat to the election of Al-Bashir who seeks to avoid an arrest warrant by the International Criminal Court.