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South Sudan People Liberation Army / Movement (SSPLA/SSPLM)

Former SSPLA rebels, May 28, 2012 (ST)

Name: South Sudan People Liberation Army / Movement (SSPLA/SSPLM)

Leader: Tong Lual Ayat

Established:

Background:

Tong Lual Ayat, chairman of the South Sudan People’s Liberation Movement speaks to ST, Juba, May 27, 2012 (ST)

Tong Lual Ayat was a member of the Sudan People’s Liberation Army (SPLA), the South Sudanese former rebel movement from 1986 - 2009. The SPLA is now the official military of independent South Sudan and the political wing - the SPLM - the ruling party of South Sudan.

In 2009 Ayat formed the United Democratic Party, for which he claims he was illegally detained by the SPLM.

Former members of the SSPLA rebel groups await integration in the national army, May 28, 2012 (ST)

Ayat announced he had formed a rebel group - called the South Sudan People’s Liberation Army (SSPLA) - in December after the UDP was not included in South Sudan’s post-independence parliament.

In May 2012 Tong Lual Ayat announced that his South Sudan People’s Liberation Movement/Army (SSPLM/A), were on the verge of integrating into the South Sudanese army (SPLA).




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