Home | News    Saturday 8 July 2017

Three Darfur factions establish new rebel group

separation
increase
decrease
separation
separation

July 7, 2017 (KHARTOUM) - Three Darfur rebel factions on Thursday formed one movement called Sudan Liberation Forces Alliance (SLFA) saying the new group wouldn’t abide by the unilateral ceasefire announced by the Sudanese government.

JPEG - 23.3 kb
Members of the Sudan Liberation Army disembark from their vehicle in Susuwa, north Darfur, May 15, 2006. (Reuters)

In a statement extended to Sudan Tribune Friday, the SLFA said three armed factions including the Sudan Liberation Movement for Justice, Sudan Liberation Movement-Unity and the Justice and Equality Movement led by Abdallah Bishr Gali held a conference in the liberated areas from 29 June to July 2 and decided to form one movement.

The new movement underscored the commitment to continue the armed struggle against the Sudanese government, saying it wouldn’t abide by the recent three-month unilateral cessation of hostilities announced by President Omer al-Bashir.

According to the statement, “the move came after holding consultations and contacts among the three factions for more than two months” in order to achieve unity of the opposition and the revolutionary movements.

The statement pointed that the conference has elected Al-Tahir Abu Bakr Hajar as chairman of the SLFA and Abdallah Yahia as his deputy while Mahgoub al-Aghbash was elected as head of the legislative council and Ahmed Mohamed Sulieman as his deputy.

It added that General Abdallah Bishr Gali has been appointed as the General Commander of the Army and Aboud Adam Khatir as his deputy while General Ahmed Abdallah Bishr was appointed as Chief of General Staff.

The SLFA has called on the major rebel groups in Darfur including the Sudan Liberation Movement (SLM-MM) led by Minni Minnawi, SLM-AW led by Abdel-Wahid al-Nur and the Justice and Equality Movement (JEM) led by Gibril Ibrahim to seek unity of the armed resistance.

The Sudanese army has been fighting a group of armed movements in Darfur since 2003. UN agencies estimate that over 300,000 people were killed in the conflict and over 2.5 million were displaced.

REBELS WELCOME THE MOVE

Meanwhile, leader of JEM, Gibril Ibrahim has welcomed the formation of the SLFA and congratulated its political and military leadership described the unification of the three factions as “blessed move”.

In a statement seen by Sudan Tribune Thursday, Ibrahim said they support the formation of the new group because “it is our firm conviction that the divisions among the resistance forces were one of the major reasons that hampered the achievement of the revolution objectives”.

He added the divisions among the resistance forces allowed the regime to “continue to hold to power despite its failure to carry out the most basic functions of good governance and the horrible crimes it committed against the Sudanese”.

Ibrahim pointed out that the JEM has developed a vision to achieve the unity of the armed factions, saying they are ready to make any comprises to achieve full unity of the revolutionary movements.

In the same context, the SLM-MM led by Minni Minnawi has welcomed the formation of the SLFA saying they support any effort being exerted to unify the revolutionary forces to overthrow the regime.

In a statement extended to Sudan Tribune, SLM-MM deputy chairman for political affairs Abu Obieda al-Khalifa said they offer unlimited support to the unity of the armed struggle, saying his movement was among the first to engage in dialogue to achieve unity of the various Darfur groups.

He added the unity of the small factions makes it easy to coordinate efforts among the armed movements during the next decisive phase.

(ST)

Comments on the Sudan Tribune website must abide by the following rules. Contravention of these rules will lead to the user losing their Sudan Tribune account with immediate effect.

- No inciting violence
- No inappropriate or offensive language
- No racism, tribalism or sectarianism
- No inappropriate or derogatory remarks
- No deviation from the topic of the article
- No advertising, spamming or links
- No incomprehensible comments

Due to the unprecedented amount of racist and offensive language on the site, Sudan Tribune tries to vet all comments on the site.

There is now also a limit of 400 words per comment. If you want to express yourself in more detail than this allows, please e-mail your comment as an article to comment@sudantribune.com

Kind regards,

The Sudan Tribune editorial team.

Comment on this article



The following ads are provided by Google. SudanTribune has no authority on it.



Sudan Tribune

Promote your Page too

Latest Comments & Analysis


Bashir should respond to the will of Sudanese people 2019-03-25 19:46:43 By Mahmoud A. Suleiman The will of the people is usually above the oppressive tool of the tyrants as is known throughout the history of mankind, but the tyrants like Omer al-Bashir of Sudan do (...)

South Sudan’s universities should explore other revenues 2019-03-17 20:33:06 By Ukongo Benson Athia Of recent, it transpired that the five public universities dons have advanced their cause to increase the tuition fees for the students. I have seen such complaints of (...)

Pressure from the people in Sudan 2019-03-17 10:55:35 The longer genuine political and economic reform is delayed in Sudan, the greater the risk of wider instability and deepening economic crisis. By Rosalind Marsden President Omar al-Bashir, who (...)


MORE






Latest Press Releases


Sudan Protests: Investigate the custodial death of three University students 2019-03-13 12:53:14 The African Centre for Justice and Peace Studies (ACJPS) Sudan Protests: Urgent call for investigations into the custodial death of three University students and alleged torture of detainees by (...)

The Alliance for Restoration of Sudanese Workers Trade Unions Joins the Declaration of Freedom and Change 2019-03-10 21:16:50 PRESS RELEASE For immediate release 10 th March 2019 The Alliance for Restoration of Sudanese Workers Trade Unions announced on Sunday 10th March that it was joining the revolutionary forces (...)

Ethnic Murle politicians say enough to cattle raiding 2018-12-28 09:32:00 December 27, 2018 (JUBA) - Murle political leaders in Buma state have vowed to end the practice of cattle raiding and child abduction by individuals in the community. Jodi Jonglei, who is also (...)


MORE

Copyright © 2003-2019 SudanTribune - All rights reserved.