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Two rebel leaders sign alliance pact, vow to bring down Bashir’s regime


May 14, 2011 (NAIROBI) — Abdel Wahid Al-Nur and Minni Minnawi, the leaders of the two main groups of the Sudan Liberation Movement (SLM) signed today an alliance pact to overthrow the regime of President Omer Hassan Al-Bashir and to build a democratic regime in Sudan.

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From the left Abdel Wahid Al-Nur (L) and Minni Minnawi pose for a collective photo with leading figures from the two groups. Appears in the picture, at the left of Minnawi we see Salah Abu Surra and Abu El-Gassim Al-Haj (photo slmasecularsudan.com)

The parties "reiterate that the Sudanese crisis is comprehensive and deeply rooted. The conflict in Darfur can only be resolved as part of the overall Sudanese crisis," said the agreement inked by Al-Mur and Minnawi on Saturday 14 May.

Al-Nur who is the founder of the rebel SLM released last April a statement dubbed the "New Beginning" stating that Sudanese problems including Darfur conflict can only be resolved through the establishment of a secular and democratic state in Sudan.

He called on the Sudanese political and military forces to merge, ally or coordinate with his group for a regime change in Sudan. Since last week two splinter groups reintegrated the group, SLM Unity Juba and Revolutionary Democratic Forces Front (RDFF), also Ibrahim Babker Al-Nur, a rebel commander from Darfur announced he rejoined the SLM-AW.

"Today agreement is a another step towards the reunification of all the armed movements in Darfur in the near future," said Nimir Abdel Rahman, SLM official spokesperson. He further stressed that unity is "a fundamental condition to achieve legitimate inspirations of Darfur people for security justice and development".

He added that further SLM factions will announce their reintegration to the group. Reports say three rebel factions would rejoin Al-Nur: SLM factions led by Khamis Abdalla Abakar, former SLM deputy chairman, Abul Gassim El-Haj fomer west Darfur governor, Abdalla Yahia of the SLM unity.

Minnawi who at the time controlled the military wing of the SLM splinted in November 2005 and signed a peace agreement in Abuja with the Sudanese government on 5 May 2006. Other dissident factions in the group appeared after. Mainly led by angered commanders, the breakaway factions refused the disunity of the movement and the peace deal.

SLM -Nur and the Justice and Equality Movement led by Khalil Ibrahim which refused Abuja peace agreement were the military target of the Sudanese army and militias. The former senior presidential assistant returned rebel last year after accusing Khartoum of dishonoring the Darfur Peace Agreement.

Hafiz Yousif, SLM-Nur political secretary, said his Movement believes that all the Sudanese forces have to join hands to remove this regime because it is the cause of injustice and suffering not only in Darfur but in the whole country.

"The New Beginning remains the last hope for the Sudanese people towards the regime change in the country," Hazif said.

"The plight of Darfur people is caused by the violence and lack of security perpetuated by the regime and its militias," emphasized the spokesperson Nimir reaffirming that the national scope would allow a viable a solution for the eight year conflict in Western Sudan.

Nimir further urged the international community to not support the ongoing efforts for a "partial solution" that would only complicate the solution of Darfur conflict, he said .

The rebel official was alluding to the Doha talks where the Liberation and Equality Movement (LJM) and the Sudanese government said ready to sign an agreement.


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  • 15 May 2011 09:53, by Niko

    One is hiding in France the other in Juba..... goodluck with that..... it’s been 7 years now and we’re still waiting.....

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    • 16 May 2011 08:33, by Agoljok

      This have remainded me about my chat with a Zagawa PH.D holder in Nyala during my periodic visits to Darfur. The man was very happy with the agreement signed by Mini. I told him Four things and I wish he will be able to have a glance on my commend and be able to recall our talk, those points were:
      1. That the agreement was more or less egual to Khartoum peace agreement which was inked by Riek Machar and Khartoum regime in term of its contains and offers,
      2.That the government will used Mini’s group as counterinsurgency against remaining group as it did in South Sudan. and this case Darfur would have not benefitted from lesson learnt in South Sudan.
      3.If he(Mini) refuses to do things the way Khartoum Government want them to be done, then he be in problem and if he will be lucky, then he will escape death, and
      4.He will have no where to go but to rejoin the main stream.
      Those things that I have mentioned 5 years ago most of them if not all have happen.Some people may thought of how do I know those, it was because the regime is in Sudan and me as Sudanese I had studied behaviour, ideologoy and the way our government of the day was, is and will act in the next minute.
      Thank God that our people in the South had their say,even if we are going to live in hall as some circles view it, then that hall is far better than paradise under Khartoum Regime.

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  • 15 May 2011 10:41, by tamar

    Bravo again,abig wave of water has been pouured in the mainstream or major valley to have somebody who has signed Abuja agreement and has been in power with Bashir for five years and today he will be welcomed back warmly with founder and presidet of SLM/A Abdal Wahid this shows that how Abdal Wahid is tolerance and prudent to change,and this precisely indicatesthe values and principles of acceptability,openness and spirit of unity towards creating secular Sudan and Sudan for all Sudanese are deeply rooted on him and other leaders as well,but this apparently is the spirit of New Beginning Approach which has been declared one month ago,and the core principles of this new approach is collecting all the efforts together,representing in the following:
    1-Forming allinace
    2-Making Co-ordination
    3-Joining to the mainstream
    and they are doing concrete actions on the ground not words, and that is the secret of success,Big Bravo again to this advance step.

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  • 15 May 2011 10:51, by Adam

    Look this kind of nonsense will not solve the problem of Darfur. Both men are selfish and instrument in the hands of the enemies of Darfur. Minni is mini and Nur is nut. Both have no vision or sincere intension to ease the plight of their people. They are trading the blood and backwardness of Darfurian with money and easy life in hotels. Khalil is also a burnt card. He is an agent of the notorious Kaddafi. His stupid troops are killing innocent people in Libya.

    All of Darfur astray boys have no support or troops on the ground. They are just none sense.

    Doha talks MAY lead to a solution. It is backed with the international community. They failed to join those talks for ridiculous and personal reasons. They want to be heads of everything.

    Darfur problem can only be solved by Darfurians in Darfur - not by such ghosts.

    It is also better for us in the South to keep away from Darfur problem. Supporting them is wrong and opens the Pandora box for the aspiring people of the South. We have enough troubles at home.

    This is the most outrageous news one can read.

    Adam Milawaki – Mayendit
    Southern Sudan

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    • 15 May 2011 19:50, by manyang

      what do you know about visions? you remain in Khartoum for homosexuality of Arab.

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  • 15 May 2011 11:05, by sagadick

    This is a welcoming news. It’s the only way the marginalised people of Darfur can defeat Khartoum’s ruthless regimes. Though Dr. Khalil has an Islamic back-up, please try to bring him in. Your people must unite in order to defeat their enemies just like Southern Sudanese did.Your unity will leverage the international community including your neighbours to stand with you and extant their unshakeable support.
    Good luck with your quest for justice, freedom and development.

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  • 15 May 2011 11:30, by Sam.Eto

    Look at these 2 clowns - They cant even gather support in Darfur and they want to bring down the government. Ha Ha Ha

    Btw they are BOTH hidding in Uganda now. One was kicked out of France and the Other out of South Sudan.

    The can call it DDUUR - Dumb Darfuries united for unknown reasons.

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    • 15 May 2011 19:53, by manyang

      You don not know what are you talking about, without Darfur, there was no fighting still going on now between Southern Sudanese.

      no Darfur no Norths

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  • 15 May 2011 12:46, by Murle Intellectual

    Those are the pioneers and champions of free Sudan. The next generation of leaders of the soon-to-start freedom wars will do a better job. There is a need to free South Sudan from tribalism. This can only happen by kicking some asses of useless leaders who are now working to destroy the new country of RoSS

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  • 15 May 2011 15:46, by DASODIKO

    Sam Eto and Niko are very frustrated for the step but I am sure if you change your minds we will not rape you as you did. Otherwise clean up haaaaaaaaaa we are coming in.

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  • 15 May 2011 18:08, by Dr.Lologo

    Dear readers and Sudanese nationalist

    Southern Sudanese, Nubians and Darfurians,

    My brothers and sisters, Southern Sudanese, Nubians and Darfurians, please from today you can just read the news in Sudan tribune but do not comments, because they using the comments to analyst their interests.

    My brothers and sisters, Southern Sudanese, Nubians and Darfurians, Sudan Tribune is intelligent for FRENCH government

    Sudan tribune is control by French intelligent services (DRM & DGSE), please and please read the news but do not comments.

    If you really nationalist for shake of you country please do not comments, you even learned from the way they deleting some other people comments because of the truth you guys are telling but they don’t want the truths out.

    DR. Francis Lologo

    Moscow – Russia

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    • 15 May 2011 19:49, by DASODIKO

      Dr.Lologo a hole all these attempts to stop us from ruling our country will not avail. Haaaaaaaaaa, the names of the areas you mentioned you have destroyed them with your Arabization ideology now you are advicing us. The owner of Sudan Tribune is much dignified Sudanese ever you stoodge of money. Dr What???? Dr. Mohamed Atta!!!! you will suffer come on man. All the names of those security personals qho commwnt on Sudan Tribune we have them with us, if you go back to your mothers wombs will find you. Some of you have never seen Darfur or South Sudan but comment with our names but also we know you who you are????????????

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  • 15 May 2011 23:44, by Nguetbuny de Luelpiny

    Good Job Brothers

    for reunionification

    Khartuom should be overthrown these years coming.

    Well done,JEM Rebel some time seek like they are too. Islamic than African Ideology. Fight for Africa,died for Africa,looks like Africa and fight for all sudanese.

    Thank you


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