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SPLM-N rebels call for popular uprising in Khartoum

December 14, 2011 (LONDON) — The deputy leader of the rebel Sudan People’s Liberation Movement- North Abdel Aziz Hilu called for a popular uprising in the Sudanese capital to overthrow the government of president Omer al-Bashir.

SPLM-N’s Abdel-Aziz al-Hilu (ST)
SPLM-N’s Abdel-Aziz al-Hilu (ST)
The SPLM-N is fighting the government forces in South Kordfan since the 6th of June of this year after governing the region together with the ruling National Congress Party in line with a peace deal inked in 2005 with the SPLM.

The row between the former peace partners started when the SPLM-N accused the NCP of rigging May elections for the position of governor and regional parliament. The clashes erupted after calls in Khartoum to disarm the SPLM-N as the South Sudan was heading to secede.

In two separate videos released today, the SPLM-N’s deputy chairman Hilu called on the inhabitants of the Sudanese capital to revolt against the government and to achieve regime change peacefully.

In his appeal to the two millions of Sudanese in Khartoum, the rebel leader said “Khartoum (regime) neglected its responsibilities to provide medical treatment, education and all the basic necessities.”

He further accused the NCP government of directing its efforts for war against the marginalized regions of Darfur, Blue Nile and South Kordofan.

Speaking from South Kordofan where he fights against the Sudan Armed Forces (SAF), Hilu also called on the Sudanese soldiers to desert the army and to not die to defend an “unjust regime”.

He called on the Sudanese army soldiers to turn their arms against the regime to protect “their families and the marginalized majority of Sudanese people”.

It is estimated that about the half of the Sudanese army soldiers are recruited from Darfur and Kordofan. The army recently enrolled militias members form the Nuba Mountains to fight the rebels described as “agents of South Sudan that betrayed their cause”.

The Sudanese president formed last week the first national government after the South Sudan’s secession including dissident members of the SPLM from the Nuba Mountains particularly.

Also a new party called Sudanese Popular Movement (SPM) is registered in Khartoum by former SPLM members as Danile Kodi, former South Kordofan governor and Tabitha Boutros, former national health minister.

The SPLM-N and Darfur rebel groups signed last November an alliance pact to topple the Sudanese government but they failed to bring opposition forces to this structure which aims to overthrow politically and militarily the regime.

Sudanese president rejected last July a framework agreement brokered by the former South African President Thabo Mbeki saying talks should be inside the country without foreign mediator.

He also said the agenda should be limited to the implementation of a protocol related to the two regions included in a peace agreement signed with the SPLM in January 2005.