Home | News    Thursday 3 November 2005

Darfur rebel SLM dissolves institutions ahead of vote


Nov 3, 2005 (KHARTOUM) — Sudan’s main Darfur rebel movement was officially dissolved before the election of a new leadership Thursday, after a power struggle saw hardliners seize control from the group’s founder.

The Sudan Liberation Movement (SLM) announced the dissolving of all its institutions during a general congress attended by thousands of Darfurians and around 800 delegates in rebel-held Darfur near the central region of Kordofan.

"Ibrahim Ahmed Ibrahim has issued an order dissolving all institutions of the movement except the military," SLM spokesman Mahjub Hussein told AFP.

The order affected the group’s leadership organs, secretariat general and heads of SLM chapters abroad.

"Chairman Abdul Wahid Mohammed Nur and Secretary General Mani Arko Minawi will carry on as caretakers until new leaders are elected," Hussein said.

Nur refused to attend the meeting, saying he was not consulted in advance, diminishing his chances of being re-elected.

Hussein said the elections, expected to be held later Thursday, would be monitored by foreign observers, including African Union (AU) and United Nations representatives and delegates from Libya and the United States.

Organizers called the gathering to draw up a new strategy for the group and try to sort out outstanding differences between Minawi and Nur.

Nur arrived in Darfur a few days before the meeting opened, but decided not to travel to the venue.

The SLM and another rebel group, the Justice and Equality Movement (JEM), launched an armed rebellion against Khartoum in early 2003, demanding greater political and economic autonomy from the central government.

Successive rounds of AU-sponsored peace talks have so far failed to end the conflict, which has left some 300,000 people dead and displaced about two million, with more than 200,000 people seeking refuge in neighbouring Chad.

The SLM has accused the government of continuing raids in Darfur, even as talks in Abuja were underway.

As recently as Wednesday night, the SLM charged that government forces attacked a village in Darfur, killing three people, wounding 16 and torching 45 houses.

While Nur attended a latest round of peace negotiations in Nigeria, the dissident faction which is headed by Minawi and controls the movement’s military wing, boycotted the process.

Observers said the infighting threatened to increase the level of insecurity in the region and hamper efforts to find a peaceful settlement to the Darfur conflict that has been raging for the past 32 months.

"Unless reversed, the slow implosion of the rebel movements threatens to extend the tragic situation in Darfur indefinitely," a Brussels-based think-tank, the International Crisis Group (ICG), warned last month.


Comments on the Sudan Tribune website must abide by the following rules. Contravention of these rules will lead to the user losing their Sudan Tribune account with immediate effect.

- No inciting violence
- No inappropriate or offensive language
- No racism, tribalism or sectarianism
- No inappropriate or derogatory remarks
- No deviation from the topic of the article
- No advertising, spamming or links
- No incomprehensible comments

Due to the unprecedented amount of racist and offensive language on the site, Sudan Tribune tries to vet all comments on the site.

There is now also a limit of 400 words per comment. If you want to express yourself in more detail than this allows, please e-mail your comment as an article to comment@sudantribune.com

Kind regards,

The Sudan Tribune editorial team.

The following ads are provided by Google. SudanTribune has no authority on it.

Sudan Tribune

Promote your Page too

Latest Comments & Analysis

BlindsSelf-confidence and preparedness against Disasters in Sudan 2020-09-21 11:46:04 Why things are only getting worse and the papers are filled with stories of gloom and doom in Sudan? By Mahmoud A. Suleiman The answer to the previous questions needs to know the reasons first, (...)

South Sudan: On Right of Access to Information and Media 2020-09-19 15:01:51 By Roger Alfred Yoron Modi South Sudan’s Right of Access to Information Act, 2013, in Section 35, enshrines the following: 1- The Minister (Minister responsible for Information and Broadcasting) (...)

Is the Juba Peace Agreement a Turning Point for Sudan? 2020-09-15 18:48:43 By Dame Rosalind Marsden Sudan is looking towards a brighter future after the initialling of the Juba peace agreement on August 31, an important first step towards bringing peace to the conflict (...)


Latest Press Releases

Sudan: Performing arts is not a crime, assaulting women and artists is! 2020-09-20 08:54:28 The Strategic Initiative for Women in the Horn of Africa (SIHA) Sudan is still struggling with militant Islamist ideology KHARTOUM: Central Khartoum Primary Court issued a verdict against five (...)

Civil Society Statement in Response to The Law of Various Amendments 2020-08-14 07:11:00 A Collaborative Civil Society Statement in Response to The Law of Various Amendments (Abolishing and Amending Provisions Restricting Freedom) – Exposing ‘a wolf in sheep’s clothing’ Sudanese women (...)

Remarks by SRF leaders at the Friend of Sudan meeting on peace 2020-08-13 07:58:58 Chairman of the Friends of Sudan Conference, Your Excellency, Minister of Foreign Affairs of the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia, The Prime Minister of Sudan and the participating team from the (...)


Copyright © 2003-2020 SudanTribune - All rights reserved.