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Sudan’s NCP names party officials in Abyei

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Ethiopian peacekeepers in Abyei on 14 August 2016 (UNISFA photo)

April 13, 2018 (KHARTOUM) - Sudan’s ruling National Congress Party (NCP) has named its heads of offices in the disputed Abyei area saying the move comes in preparations for the 2020 general elections.

In statements released in Khartoum, the NCP political secretary for Abyei Scholl Muwin Paul said the naming of the party officials would help to achieve social peace and stability in the area.

According to Paul, the NCP has named Salouma Yahia as deputy chairman of the party while Hafiz Abo Maki was appointed as NCP head for central Abyei and Hamdein Adam Youssef as chairman for northern Abyei.

On the other hand, Mohamed Muhana, Hassan Mileik and John Zakaria have been named as NCP heads for western, eastern and southern Abyei respectively.

Paul further said his party would conduct administrative and organizational tours across Abyei during the next few days, pointing out that the naming of the party heads aims to activate the political work and prepare for the upcoming elections.

Ownership of Abyei, a border region disputed by Sudan and South Sudan, remained contentious after the world’s youngest nation split from Sudan in 2011.

There is no joint administration between Sudan and South Sudan, as the Ngok Dinka refuse the formation of Abyei Area Administration and the Legislative Council. Instead, they call to hold a referendum without the Sudanese pastoralist Misseriya.

Now there are two committees one for the Misseriya appointed by the Sudanese government and another for the Ngok Dinka appointed by Juba government.

On 27 June 2011, the Security Council, by its resolution 1990, responded to the urgent situation in Abyei by establishing the UNISFA.

UNISFA’s establishment came after Sudan’s government and the Sudan People’s Liberation Movement (SPLM) reached an agreement in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia, to demilitarise Abyei and let Ethiopian troops monitor the area.

The Comprehensive Peace Agreement (CPA) provides that the contested territory remains part of the north until the organisation of a referendum determines its fate.

The difference over who will participate in the referendum prevents the two countries from holding the agreed referendum.

However, the Dinka Ngok organised a unilateral referendum from 27to 29 October 2013 to say they want to join the Republic of South Sudan.

Khartoum, Juba, the African Union and the international community refused to recognise the outcome of the vote.

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  • 13 April 22:37, by lino

    "The Comprehensive Peace Agreement (CPA) provides that the contested territory remains part of the north until the organisation of a referendum determines its fate."
    This is a misinterpretation of Abyei Protocol:
    The Agreement is saying: " Abyei should be part of Sudan Presidency which is composed of the President, 1st Vice President, and 2nd Vice President."

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    • 13 April 22:42, by lino

      With South Sudan Independent of 2011, The Presidency is dissolved and Abyei should be governed by UN and till Bashir and Kiir agree when ever they want to hold the Abyei Referndum, but for Dinka Ngok, the decision was made in October, 2013 only Kiir and Bashir Governments are not accepting the result.
      Sudan and South Sudan should keep away from Abyei Issue!!!

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      • 14 April 08:57, by Khent

        Lino

        Do you really expect Khartoum to just cede Abyei or Kafia Kingi when it commands such a significant and widening military advantage? Might is right in this world, and Juba’s obscene failure to at least temper corruption for the sake of military strength and deterrence is the most unforgivable crime of their many crimes...

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        • 14 April 09:11, by Khent

          ..The fact that Khartoum is now hosting close to a million of our people is humiliating and is the fault of death-deserving swine in Juba. To be the recipient of your enemy’s pity is a fate worse than death. Lands that were annexed to White Nile State are now being used to host our people. If I had the power to achieve it, I would hang all our ’leaders’ (clowns) in Juba...

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          • 14 April 09:31, by Khent

            ..We lost two million of our own to Arab and Turkish slave raids against our people in the 1800s, so it’s beyond mind-boggling that the historical lesson has not even remotely been absorbed. What’s the lesson? Military weakness is the gateway to conquest, occupation, slavery and humiliation. Our fathers lands are beyond our reach due to the vices and failures of corrupt, self-serving oxygen thieve

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            • 14 April 10:30, by Khent

              ..Our perceptions, understanding and treatment of corruption is terribly flawed; we see corruption in dollar terms instead of terms relating to lives. When one of those disgusting, sociopathic (or psychopathic) rats in Juba steals public funds — We should not speak of millions of dollars... but of the lives that could have been saved...

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              • 14 April 11:56, by Khent

                ..fed, clothed, educated and elevated from their current station in life. We definitely should view the corrupt as immoral and self-serving, but it’s deeper than that; they make it more and more impossible for us to reclaim our fathers lands, and for that we should view them as absolute filth deserving of contempt (and worse).

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