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SPLM-North threatens use of force against Sudan’s NCP


December 27, 2010 (KHARTOUM) – The head of the North sector at the Sudan People Liberation Movement (SPLM) Yasir Arman today warned that they will be forced to bear arms should the ruling National Congress Party (NCP) restrict its activities.

FILE - Sudan People’s Liberation Movement (SPLM) presidential candidate Yasir Arman (3rd L) is welcomed by supporters at Khartoum airport January 21, 2010 (Reuters)

“We will cross the bridge when we reach it. Our favorite option that we will put all our efforts on is the peaceful, democratic option, and if they [NCP] refuses it, then those who rejected it shall bear the consequences,” Arman told the Dubai-based Al-Arabiya TV.

“The ex-fighters from SPLM in North Sudan are more than all Darfur rebels combined. We don’t want to go down this road because it is harmful to the stability of the North and harmful to Sudan,” he added.

Last week Arman said that if the South as a result of the upcoming referendum, the SPLM’s Northern sector would become an independent organization.

"It is going to be a political force to be reckoned with ... The north is a very diverse place. It is a place that needs democratic transformation. It is a place that needs different policies from Khartoum to the different regions of Sudan."

Arman said the party would counter the vision of northern Sudan set out by the country’s president Omer Hassan al-Bashir in a speech this month in which he said that the North will change the constitution after the South’s secession reinforce Islamic Sharia’a law and make Arabic the official language.

But several NCP officials have suggested that they will not allow SPLM-North to become a political party given its affiliations with what will be a new state.

The SPLM, founded by later leader John Garang who later became Sudan’s Vice President, was based on what was named as “New Sudan” vision which called for the establishment of a new system that is founded on equal citizenship rights rather than religion or race or ethnicity.

Arman, who was Bashir main challenger in last April’s presidential elections, had said that the new party they will form in the North would initially keep the SPLM name but remain independent from the party in the south.

"It will be like the relations between the green parties in Norway and in Britain. They are in different countries but they share the same vision" he said.


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  • 28 December 2010 10:23, by Gatwech

    "Arman, who was Bashir main challenger in last April’s presidential elections, had said that the new party they will form in the North would initially keep the SPLM name but remain independent from the party in the south."

    Do those of Arman want to form a "new" party in the north, that would "initially" keep the name SPLM? What does this mean?

    I thought he is already in a party called SPLM. What "new" party with initial names SPLM. Does Arman want to form a new political party and not continue with SPLM. And if SPLM name will only be "initially", do they intend to remove the name SPLM for the new party they will form?

    Well, well, well, I can see how the future begins to unfold. Of course in the South is it obvious that the name SPLM will lose its meaning and a new name will be needed for the party. But in the north it can remain as SPLM. I can however see the logic Arman is using. They will not continue with the name SPLM because it will be deemed illegal by the NCP or whichever northern party that will continue to rule the north.

    Violence against NCP in the North? Well, let us wait and see!

    • 28 December 2010 11:28, by Idremundru

      Dear Arman,

      Should you and your supporters used force,the northern(NCPs) will say that southern SPLM is behind you,you should better try peacful means,they (NCPs)all knows that during the strugle you and the SPLM are together you had that bright vision of leading the country to a democratic state,they will by all means obstruct your move(remember to try peacful means,your brothers southerner are behind you.

    • 28 December 2010 12:46, by Deng E. Manyuon

      Hi Gatwech,

      I don’t think at this stage there is any rational for the SPLM Party Southern sector to change its name as a result of formation of new state! what matters a lot in politics is the objectives, not the names. Names of political parties can be shared across different countries. I guess you have put it clearly that the events are unfolding rapidly in Sudan. Yasir Arman was right when he stated that he will put the SPLM Party Northern sector in order aftermath of Referendum. Of course, Northern Sudan will be an idependent state with its sovererignty. Yasir Arman as a politician ought to adjust carefully in order to operate effectively in the North. He must reform his current Northern sector. Hopefully, the people of Darfur, Southern Kordofan and Blue Nile will rally behind him. It is worth mentioning here that as people of the South, any unfolding event in the neighbouring North, is of a great concern to our stability!

      To Yasir Arman,

      Think twice before releasing such statement of threat. It is too early to carry the arms or pose violence!!!


      • 29 December 2010 18:50, by Anthony Oryem

        Mr. Deng E.

        In a modern political practices polititian relly on a political artmosphere to initiate greavances, and I think this is the right time for Comred Arman to move foreward with what is already on the table for a reform. I think he should be encourage to move forward to fulfil the vision of late Dr. John Garang De Mabior of government transformation from that of the Sharia’a Law to a Democratic Society where it can be embrased by both Christian and the muslim alike without any distintion of Ethnicity. And that can only be achievable at this crutial time when the National Congress Party are on the process of reforms.

        Let say you rent an apartment and all of the suddent you discovered something broken in the kitchen that need fixts but you thought it was not of a big deal and later again you discovered that the toilet is overflow that also need fixt, now you have two things that need land lot attention of course you want them fixts.

        My question in these two incedent is that would you ignor the kitchen issue to wait for another day because this toilet issue is more of a concern, or would you be affrait to mention the kitchen with a fear that you may get evicted for reporting two incident at a time? No, if things started braking up in the building it meant time has come for a general maintainant to make a condusive living environment to the occupants.

        My point here is that this is the perfect time for Mr. Arman to outline all those burning issues that has derailed and teared appart our beloved Country the Sudan. Let’s not procrastinate.

        • 30 December 2010 02:41, by Deng E. Manyuon

          Mr Anthony Oryem
          The good thing is that we have a common understanding about Yasir Arman. Both of us are supporting him to be given a chance to deliver excellent services to the citizens. We differ only on the method and mechanism of achieving them. Please refer to my reponse to brother Paul Ongee in this regard.



    • 28 December 2010 14:32, by Peter Mading

      Arman is still encouraged by the Vision of Late Dr. John Garang to continue with the Struggle. The first vision of Late Dr. John Garang was to have the transformation of Sudan to "New Sudan". Garang intention was for the united Sudan but "New" The Goal was to have democracy and equal citizens and free Sudan from Islamic sharia laws. The Sucession of the South was through the will and oppinion of the Majority of Southerners. I remember Dr. Garang did say it when he was interviewed in 1987. When he applealed to those who wanted self determination to join the SPLM/A to liberate South and leave others to continue with the struggle to liberate the North. Those who are to continue with the Struggle are Yasir and his group. The vision of the New Sudan for the north is coming to fulfilment. If Yasir was not advised to stepdown during the election he could have been now the incubent President instead of Bashir.

      My Advise to Yasir is that he should not have released that Statement of using Arms threats. Let that options be left for the weak and dictators like NCP. Use your own diplomacy and fight reasonably and intectually to win and bring change in North Sudan.OK.

    • 29 December 2010 00:04, by Ibrahim yousif

      I don’t think using force is good step forward, unless the other partner refuse to negotiate through peaceful means then they should use the force as a last resort.

    • 29 December 2010 02:22, by Bol Deng

      Dear Gatwech,

      SPLM-Northern sector are people of Blue Nile and Nuba mountains. I think you do not know them because you have been in Bashier hut for many years. Sorry dear. You are nothing to argued about the name of SPLM not to be used by our committed brothers( two states) who has shed blood with us. A fool doesn’t know!

  • 28 December 2010 15:34, by Mading

    SPLM should understand that Yasir talks like that because he comes from the North. Otherwise, how many years have we fought and at last we came back to the table. I personally consider the best taking of arms shall come from our southern leaders when thinks move towards undesired direction. Please SPLM and other southern political parties, do not be easy going into implementing such suggestions.

  • 28 December 2010 16:31, by Paul Ongee


    Don’t be confused by the statement issued by Yasir Arman with respect to the current political climate. Peter Mading got it right because the vision of the "New Sudan" is never dead and will never be dead after January 9, 2011. NCP needs to hear such language since it believes more in force than diplomacy/non-violence.

    We should all know that non-violence is the key to achieving the vision of the New Sudan. SPLM has already cultivated such understanding of the New Sudan among the opposition groups and the freedom lovers. Yasir Arman, Malik Agar and many other key players from the North, East and West are expected to get the job done non-violently.

    North Sudan will be an Islamic state that will never ever be based on Sharia law as claimed by the leadership of NCP. Not on my watch. Yasir Arman will still be the next President. I am not predicting but surely he is the right man, in the right place and at the right time.

    The old politicians who messed up Sudan since 1956 in the name of Islam have already realized their mistake and should rally their support behind Yasir Arman, the next President of the Republic of North Sudan. He is a military man and a charismatic politician as well.

    Yasir Arman is the new generation of leaders desperately needed not only in the North but also in the whole Sudan. Never get me wrong folks. Just watch out how it will potentially play out based on all indicators. Yasir Arman Oyee.

    Paul Ongee
    Khartoum, Sudan.

    • 29 December 2010 01:28, by Deng E. Manyuon

      Mr Paul Ongee,

      I respect your views in this regard. But what other viewers are trying to experss is that it is too early for Comrade Arman to publicly put a military threat on the table! There are other options he needs to explore. General civil strike, popular uprising, dialogue with the NCP, healthy alliance with other secular Sudanese political organisations and international and regional diplomacy. Military threat should be last resort on the table or to be stated publicly.

      Comrade Arman is risking himself as well as his organisation by releasing such statement. We can’t see any confusion. You are living in Khartoum and you are well knowledgeable about our brothers’ attitudes and behaviours in Khartoum! The malady of military coups in Khartoum has been the culture. Any failed military coup at this stage, Comrade Arman will be targeted and accused of unsuccessful plot. Our modern history in Sudan has recorded such attitudes.

      Yes I do totally agree with you that Comrade Arman is the right person in right time to lead in Khartoum.


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