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South Sudan opposition group elects new leader

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December 4, 2013 (BENTIU) - A South Sudanese opposition party - the United Democratic Salvation Front Mainstream - has elected a new chairman during a meeting of party members in Unity state.

Simon William Gai Chang, who received 80% of the vote, was applauded by UDSF members after he was voted in for a four year term.

The new leader said that he hoped he would be able to unite the membership and work alongside other South Sudanese parties to bring change and democratic transition to the young nation.

"My priority [is] I want to unite the members of UDSF Mainstream in Unity state and I want to activate the activities of youths and women leagues in the state. So what I can tell to our people in Unity state is that let us work together with the government of Unity state."

Chang praised the party’s committed advocacy for South Sudan’s separation from Sudan in 2011 referendum.

He said that the UDSF’s vision was to unite the people and make peace in the republic of South Sudan.

The UDSF Mainstream was formed after Khartoum peace agreement in 1997 and opened its official office in Sudan in 1998, later moving to Unity state. The Khartoum Peace Agreement was signed by a splinter group from South Sudan’s main rebel movement - the SPLA.

The party chairman says they are cooperating with the ruling Sudan People Liberation Movement (SPLM) to address the problems facing the nation.

Chang refused to comment on whether his party had faced any intimidation from the ruling SPLM.

(ST)

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  • 5 December 2013 08:07, by Lotodo Awino Odug

    No surprise, Nuers have over 21 political parties. but I don’t know where they gonna rule?[food lovers]

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    • 5 December 2013 10:05, by Malakal county Simon

      Lotodo Awino Odug:
      I,m not surprise for you to comment recklessly like that, because it been well known that creating liars it become part of Dinka culture. Who told you that’s Nuers own 21 opposition parties? And what are their names, if you are not lying. And food lovers that’s you failed to mention, are your people’s of Abye who sold their land in exchange of foods to Arab. Dumb ass!

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  • 5 December 2013 08:11, by Tata

    Oppositions? What do them do? Begging constitutional positions? The is no SINGLE opposition party in this country. They don’t deliver. They use their money for themselves. People are dying of hunger in Unity, Jonglei, Warrap, Eastern Equatoria, has UDSF provide any assistance to these victims. shameful! It was South Sudan Moslems organization which provided food item for EE State hunger victims.

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  • 5 December 2013 08:23, by Monydit

    that is the work of Food Lover ,Nuer all are after Position only and Food nothing .take Example From Dr Riek Machar in 1991 he Rebel bez of Position and then After Defeat he runn to Khartuom for killing his own and now is complaining the Leadership shamme on Nuer Food Lover ,Dr Riek Machar will died without taking that position of Presidency .otherwishe let him tell us the reason why he Rebel a

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    • 5 December 2013 10:27, by dude

      When I was in Khartoum in the bording school, the Dinka were always the ones who run quickly to the food leaving the Nuer behind. The Nuer walked until they have arrived to the food site. But by then, the Dinka has already swallowed the food and still crying. The Dinka also are greedy for power, they have number let their brothers Nuer to lead. They always control and say only Dinka can rule.tellm

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  • 5 December 2013 08:26, by Monydit

    or let him tell us why he form his own Rebel against South Sudanese now he is freed to form again his party and let me leave SPLM That is only way he be candidate for the presidency in 2015 so Riek machar that is only way for you please

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    • 5 December 2013 08:51, by Mayom County Boy

      those who are supporting nonsense people party must be miss leading the ruling goverment .
      because no power from their party to be allow to accesse all those points of voting

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    • 5 December 2013 09:21, by Bentiu son

      Monyliel,Dr Machar rebelled for independent South Sudan instead of unachievable vision of fight to liberated the whole Sudan from Nimule in far South to Wadi Halfa in far northn from Toker in far east to Geneina in the far west via ’New Sudan’ which died with our late Dr John Garang.Monydit,tell me the reason which led your godfather immature Salva Kiir rebelled against SPLA/M in Yei 2004?

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      • 5 December 2013 09:35, by Bentiu son

        Did Salva Kiir rebelled to empower your Bahr el Ghazalians thieves to loots our nation resources as they are doing now or to rescues his Dinka Rek who died of hungry at de time.Salva accused our hero Dr John as dictator who run the movement as his own property.Thug,look, your incompetent Salva approved late Dr Garang wrong,he is more dictator than Garang in running the country affairs stealing.

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        • 5 December 2013 09:46, by Bentiu son

          country funds,terrorizes it citizens,killing opponents,destroying the well established SPLM Party formed by intelligence men from Greater Upper Nile region namely: Dr Machar,Dr Lam Akol,Dr John Garang n Comrade late Nyachigak Nyishilluk since 1974 in Khartoum two years after Addis Ababa Agreement 1972 while Salva Kiir was busy hunted down Anya Anya elements in Malakal as Sudan Security traitor.

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    • 5 December 2013 09:47, by Malakal county Simon

      Well done new leader of UDSF. Monyliel you need to refrain from that tribal mind-set. What’s does Dr Machar has to do with UDSF? when he is currently SPLM first deputy chairman? If you are not a retarded person, or stone from alcohol influence.

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      • 5 December 2013 09:53, by Malakal county Simon

        Any new strong opposition party is welcome. Because SPLM under Kiir leadership, is too corrupted unless we have a new leadership change.

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      • 5 December 2013 10:16, by Monydit

        Makalala whoever you call yourself .ur Dr Riek will died with out sitting on that Chair .for more information you cannt fight independent inside Arab while fighting SPLA which Independence do you mean Dr Riek fight.Dr Riek was fighting Late Dr John Garang for the Top Leadership which Riek will never Get until his dead came .they only way for Riek is to form is own party Composed with Nuer only the

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  • 5 December 2013 10:20, by Monydit

    then he will be president in Nuer Land [Leer Community Leader there in Leer.sorry for Riek Macahr .you cannt leave the House Dirty when some one came and clean then you claim that its was my dear .shamme on riek machar with you his Blind Nuer supporter food lover

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    • 5 December 2013 10:56, by Malakal county Simon

      Since your reasoning of capacity is very low which let’s you down, you did not answered my simple question to you. What’s UDSF has to do with Machar? when he is currently both SPLM member, and first deputy chairman.

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      • 5 December 2013 11:08, by Malakal county Simon

        You failed mention both the real root cause of SPLM-split, and shamelessly denied the great credit achievement of self-determination by the one and only, Dr Machar which result of South Sudan today. Dr Machar is our alternative to our alcoholic president with empty head, and you will be surpise soon when Dr Machar crown as president of South Sudan in 2015.

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        • 5 December 2013 11:11, by Malakal county Simon

          Shame-on you for telling lairs, which becomes part of part of your culture. Monyliel!!!!

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  • 5 December 2013 13:05, by Atakdee

    Now you can start the work really opposing party to promote check & balance

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