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Sudanese say frustrated by Arman withdrawal from presidential race

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April 11, 2010 (KHARTOUM) – The withdrawal of the SPLM candidate for Sudan President raised many frustrations among Sudanese in the capital particularly young men who vote for the first time.

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A street vendor sits in front of an election campaign poster of Yasser Arman, the SPLM candidate for the upcoming presidential election in Khartoum March 31, 2010. (AP)

The Sudan people’s Liberation Movement (SPLM) announced the withdrawal of its candidate Yasir Arman. The party said he had voluntarily asked to quit the presidential race.

Arman was seen as the sole challenger that who might put in difficulty the incumbent president in this first multiparty election since 1986.

The SPLM figure besides the support of his party saw many popular committees campaigning for him form including youth, women and rights activists supporting his candidacy besides a website broadcasting video and daily statements.

His supporters were not only from the South, he became the candidate of Sudanese youth tired of 20 years of Bashir rule. The former rebel was also backed by those who do not trust the candidates of the main traditional parties.

His withdrawal was seen differently by his disappointed supporters. The Southern Sudanese youth living in Khartoum said the SPLM scarified them. "They sold us to the NCP," said Tong and Deng who grew up in Haj Youssef suburb.

While northern Sudanese who supported him considered his withdrawal as clear sign of the will of SPLM leadership to "focus" on the southern part of the country preparing for separation by January 2010.

"His withdrawal was not fair and serious," said Mustafa who is a SPLM member. The young man confessed that he does not believe in the official version given by the leadership adding “many in Juba wanted him to pullout since a while."

"We have been betrayed by separatists in Juba" he said.

Aware of such reaction Riek Machar, the SPLM deputy chairman this week was keen to say that Arman "advocated for his withdrawal. We had tried to convince him for weeks not to do that, but he insisted that he wanted it done that way".

Further after the pullout of SPLM nominees in northern Sudan for legislative and states elections, Kiir and Machar reiterated that this decision was taken by the northern sector. But Yasir reiterated they implemented the party’s decision.

Kiir and Arman stressed yesterday that there was no division with the SPLM over the boycott of elections despite their contradictory statement.

However, observers consider that there are still some issues to elucidate after the elections on Arman pullout from the presidential race. They add that it was not only a difference over elections but goes to the SPLM vision.

(ST)

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  • 11 April 2010 12:16, by Dinka Dominated SPLA

    Death to Riek machar teny dogz dhorgon

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    • 11 April 2010 13:14, by Gatwech

      Read this sentence quoted below:

      "We have been betrayed by separatists in Juba" he said.

      While the separatists in Juba wanted elections in the North, Yasser Arman wanted to quit the presidential race and also to boycott the whole elections in the North. Who is betraying who now?

      You are simply a bunch of confused desert lizards in Khartoum. Dinka Dominated SPLA, keep hiding yourself in Khartoum until the D-Day comes.

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    • 11 April 2010 14:05, by Freedom Fighter

      Mr. SPLA dominated,

      Give Riek Machar a brake. He in anyway could not influence the decision to withdraw Yasir Arman from the race given his vulnerability in political bureau. I suspect Salva Kiir to be behind the decision. Indeed, as our brothers in Haj-Yousif, Khartoum put it, Salva Kiir has sold us out to NCP, and so he is no different from Riek Machar. They both should be put in the trash for numberous wrong decisions they made since the death of Dr. Garang. I just can’t understand how come they accept Albashir’s lies that he will hold referendum on its time. Plus, Isn’t unethical and too early to dump our comrades in Norther sector in a way they did it. Why Slava Kiir always see the NCP more powerful, and can’t see the power of the SPLM/A he inherited. Is he ( Kiir ) proving that the SPLM/A was nothing, but an army of sheeps led by lion ( Dr. John Garang )

      Freedom Fighter

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      • 11 April 2010 15:12, by SPLA

        Freedom Fighter,

        Yes, I also think that both incompetent Kiir and traitor Riek are weak leaders and they do not deserve another five year team in leadership. But the local populace do not see their weakness, they still have the concept of the old Almight powerful SPLM/A during Dr. Garang time.

        Bashir knows that the SPLM/A is in weak hands and therefore, he will munipulate the referendum just like the way he warned Kiir about the consequences of not pulling Yasir Arman out of the presidental race.
        Quite frankly, Bashir will not llow the referendum to be conducted in a fair way. He will force the unity of Sudan on the SPLM by all means including going back to war.

        SPLA

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        • 11 April 2010 19:59, by Malakal

          SPLA,

          Some of us see what you are suggesting, but there is no alternative. Traitor Machar was sounding went he refused to be the nominee for the whole Sudan presidence. Had he agreed to that we would have gotten rid of him in the SPLM or give him some low key role after he loses to his master Bashier. On the other hand, Salva is a dedicated and determined veteran to the causes of liberating Southerners and surely deserve to lead, but because he has a traitor behind him he is unable to make precise decisions with the help from the traitor Machar who is underming the SPLM of course.

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      • 11 April 2010 20:06, by Malakal

        Freedom Fighter

        I like your name, but leave DINKA DOMINATED SPLA alone, he has a mission as he is a soldier. He is true partriot and a true South sudan son, who hate Southern traitors like Risk/Riak Machar and that is not a problem.

        Keep pounding them cowards and traitors Mr. Dinka Dominated SPLA. Cheer!

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  • 11 April 2010 15:00, by Hillary B.M.L,M

    Bashier is winning.

    Then Mr. dog Dinka dominated SPLA what can U do?
    Go to exile or kill yourself if its pain U. Because always U sing ; we are Dinkas, we Dinkas, now Dinkas finish, CPA gone to rubbish basket.

    Bashier will not allow any stupid to air a word of Referendum unless kiss his anus.
    Dinka dominated SPLA join us otherwise you will perish for good on the Earth.

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    • 11 April 2010 16:14, by kuminyandi

      Dear Southerners,

      There’s a report says that Salva Kiir cast his presidential vote for Albashir when he voted this morning. The report also said Salva voted twice because he accidently damaged his first ballot by dropping it into a wrong box. The damaged ballot has been discarded.

      Kumi,

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      • 11 April 2010 16:27, by Dinka Dominated SPLA

        What a mother fucken liar

        Slava Kiir mayardit will not and never will vote bashir as long as they are still enemise. may be those wicked people of riek machar and the dead man matip that will vot for their master bashir but not DINKA MAN.

        WE DINKA ARE NOT IN MOOD OF VOTING FOR BASHIR NEVER.

        DEATH TO RIEK MACHAR TENY DOGZ ALONGSIDE WITH HIS EX_ WIFE THE WHOR

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        • 11 April 2010 16:46, by david

          I am wondering as to who are the Dinkas voting for this morning and days to come?They did not sent some one to replace the one they nominated.

          A gent from Yambio

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          • 11 April 2010 16:52, by Dinka Dominated SPLA

            Mr devil. it is difficult for DINKAS TO VOTE THEIR ENEMY IN OUR MOOD JUST VOTR YOUR MASTER BASHIR BUT DINKAS WILL NEVER VOTE FOR BASHIR

            DINKAS ARE SMART ENOUGH TO DO THAT SHIT MAN WE KNOW OUR ENEMIES THEY ARE THERE DAYS AND NGIHT DOGZ

            DEATH TO RISK MACHAR TENY DOG

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            • 11 April 2010 17:23, by Kuany Dak

              Arman posters remain as they are in the hands of supporters. Arman and
              Pagan had already let you down dear supporters. In few months, Arman is to announce his defection to Amma party. SPLM ideals of New Sudan is already pronounced dead, there is no argument. Pagan has already misled him to quiet election even SPLM northern sector should boycott gubernatorial and parliamentary election, so indicates Pagan is only John Garang’s orphan while he does know this statement is already cost him SPLM general secretary position. New Sudan has no longer revival, it had reached its maturity into dustbin and waste basket.

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            • 11 April 2010 17:32, by Atungdiak

              Guys,

              I have voted for Arman and if other marginalized Sudanese whose women and children were killed by Al Bashir in the past and now in Darfur join me in this light; then Arman would win with invalid votes and we could have twisted the damn history.

              For shallow minded former traitors, turned patriots; they would think I am a Unionist when I personally took part in Liberating the South alongside my gallant colleagues; both fallen and living.

              This is what it mean; all the marginialized people must have breads on their hands as we seccede. You don’t need to go Yale school of law to understand this.

              I am a separatist who wish all the best for the Sudanese marginalized including the people of Darfur. I am a staunch supporter of Arman.

              Really suprised with the way some people are trying to rewrite history in their favor when their pasts as tainted with being traitors. Puzzling that those who were eating on the same table with the enemy as Southerners toiled to free their necks are claiming to have worked for separation. Even when they never had slight courage to ask the North on the table; leave alone the ultimate sacrifices of shoting the enemy asses.

              Histroy will always shame you!!!

              I have voted Arman and No, No No regrets!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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              • 11 April 2010 18:18, by Dinka Dominated SPLA

                THANK YOU JOHN GARANG FOR YOUR WARKS YOU DONE TO US AMEN

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        • 11 April 2010 21:51, by kuminyandi

          Dinka Dominated SPLA,

          Don’t let tribalism sways you away from realities. Supporting false argument is always invalid, there’s nothing wrong with Salva if he voted for Albashir, he was simply exercising his democratic rights. You don’t have to deny truth of the report because you and Salva are from Dinka tribe. This is individual decision, it has nothing to do with any ethnic grouping. Please wake up and think logically so that you can understand & communicate with non Dinkas people peacefully and intellectually. If analysize this situation, your findings would indicate the reality of Salva voting for Albashir(his boss)and bear in your mind that Salva and Riek pulled the SPLM presidential front runner from election to favour Albashir. On other words, Salva and Riek endorsed Albashir to win the poll. Again, there’s nothing wrong with Salva voting for Albashir. And by the way, You need to find a way to get out from the political depression than fallen upon you. Dinka Dominated SPLA, think locally and act globally. Thank

          Kumi,

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          • 12 April 2010 00:31, by Thomas Athian Lual

            Thank you very much dear Kumi for your wise word to these brothers who seems to be confuse about how to comment in this website. People should forget about tribes, and get to unite themselves as Southern Sudanese instead of saying Dinka or Neur and so on. People of the Southern let us join our hearts and hands for the incoming independence of our beloved Southern Sudan. God bless you Kumi.

            Thomas Athian

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            • 12 April 2010 05:23, by kuminyandi

              Brother Thomas Athian,

              Thanks you for kind words. I’m trying to do right things for my people. Freedom without unity is meaningless. Thanks and have good times Brother Athian.

              Kumi,

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