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Sudan’s government endorses Darfur’s division into five states


May 5, 2011 (KHARTOUM) — The national government approved today a draft law to create two new states in Darfur making five the total number of states in the restive region of western Sudan.

Map of Darfur as per current regions: North, South and West Darfur. (Wikimedia Commons)

The reshaping of the territorial administration in Darfur was discussed in a national conference held in Kennana in 2008 as a means to ease the tribal tensions over the pasturage and water. The meeting also recommended the establishment of a regional authority to coordinate and plan joint projects.

However, the conference showed clear opposition to the establishment of a regional body with large executive powers as it was the case for South Sudan in accordance with a peace agreement signed in 2005.

According to today’s bill endorsed by the Sudanese cabinet in its regular meeting, the territory currently administrated by South and West Darfur states is to be divided into four states: Central Darfur, East Darfur, South Darfur, and West Darfur. North Darfur state is kept intact.

Zalingei is the capital of Central Darfur which covers a large part of Jebel Marra, while Ed Daein is the capital of East Darfur located in the south eastern part of the region. The former is the home of the Fur ethnic group while the later is inhabited by the Arab tribes.

Talks between the Sudanese government and the rebel groups in Doha are stalled over the administrative status of Darfur. However, the mediation proposed to establish a regional authority during the interim period and to hold a referendum to determine the future make-up of the region one year before general elections.

The Liberation and Justice Movement, seemingly is willing to accept the solution proposed by the mediation as it creates a legislative assembly besides the executive body. But the Justice and Equality Movement rejects this option saying they want a "government of Darfur" that represents the whole region at the level of the central government.

Kennana conference emphasized in its recommendations that the five states should depend directly from the central government and to not allow the regional administration to control it to avoid any future friction between the ethnic groups.

The Sudanese government said preparing a referendum over Darfur administrative status that will take place next July. Presidential adviser tasked with Darfur file said the vote is organized in line with the Abuja peace agreement signed in May 2006 with the rebel SLM of Minni Minnawi.

He also said that the government would cancel the referendum if an agreement is reached in Doha with the rebel groups.


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  • 6 May 2011 09:26, by DASODIKO

    Divide not divide it its not our major concern. Our concern is to see you in Hague and some in National prisons.The division is a message for Fur and Abdul Wahid to rule zalingi only; not to dream about going beyond you guys you never know history as if you have never been to schools. Haaaaaaaaaaa, ha Nafie Bashir team of ignorants.

  • 6 May 2011 10:21, by zol aweer

    That is absolutely nonsense, divide and rule tactic only to accommodate Arab tribe in Darfur.
    The Darfurain MUST come together and forget their past disagreement and work to unity for better generation to come, or else they will be like Bantu tribe in Somalia, who claim to have no origin.
    NCP should beg Darfurain to give them land to settle their fellow Arab not them imposing their dirty solution on indigenous people which bring identity discrimination.
    Shame on Nafi and Bashir !!!!!

  • 6 May 2011 14:07, by tamar

    Darfur division is the strategy of giving arab a peice of land to settle and to squeeze the indigenous communities into narrow space and it’s obvious message to weaken African indigenous societies,and they want to give legitimacy to arab at the expenses of african people origin,and that will never happen since people of darfur are well aware of evrything Bashir is doing.
    Let’s speak from historical poit of view,Darfur has been annexed to sudan in 1916 in other words,it has less than 100 years when it became apart of sudan and it was one Region which is known as Darfur Region and today you idiot men are talking about dividing and conducting referendum,I think you must be mad or drunkan,Darfur should never,and will never be divided,darfur must remain as one Region for its people eventually,I call upon all Darfurian to become together as one infront of the enemy.

  • 6 May 2011 18:05, by Billiu Puoch

    Let them go and face Ocampo if they are good in defend.
    I’m just saying bye bye to Khartoum and we meet in the border.

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