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February 25, 2012 (KHARTOUM) — The Sudan Revolutionary Front (SRF) - a coalition of rebel groups - formally announced this week the composition of its Leadership Council after the election of Malik Agar of the Sudan People’s Liberation Movement North Sector (SPLM-N) as chairman of the rebel alliance.

The coalition includes the SPLM-N, Justice and Equality Movement (JEM) and the two factions of the Sudan Liberation Movement led by Abdel Wahid al-Nur (SPM-AW) and Minni Minnawi (SLM-MM). The SRF calls for the toppling the Sudanese government by all the political and military means.

In a press release signed by SRF spokesperson Abu Elgasim al-Haj, the alliance said that Abdel Wahid al-Nur was elected as a Vice-Chairman of the Leadership Council and leads the political sector, Minni Minnawi is Vice Chairman of Leadership Council and responsible for the coalitions finances, JEM’s Gibril Ibrahim was elected Vice President for external relations.

Abdel Wahid, according to the spokesperson, will be seconded in his office by Buthaina Ibrahim Dinar (SPLM-N), Elryaih Mahmoud (SLM-MM), Ahmed Adam Bakheit (JEM) and Mustafa Sharif Mohamed (SLM-AW). While Minnawi will manage the financial sector with the support of three members of from JEM, SLM-AW and SLM-MM.

The external affairs sector of Gibril Ibrahim includes, Yasir Arman (SPLM-N) as secretary for foreign affairs, Trayo Ahmed Ali (SPM-MM) for humanitarian affairs, Tahir Faki (JEM) without a specific portfolio, besides the spokesperson who represents SLM-AW.

Khartoum accuses South Sudan of sponsoring the meeting and alleges it was held in Juba, where Ibrahim Gambari, Darfur peace mediator ad interim, was this week to press the south Sudanese government to encourage the rebel groups to join the peace process. But Juba dismissed the accusations. The rebels say they met in SPLM-N held areas in South Kordofan.

Members of what is now the SPLM-N fought with South Sudan’s SPLM during the civil war that led to the 2005 deal allowing South Sudan to chose independence last year.

The leadership of the rebel alliance is clearly dominated by the SPLM-N, which also took the command of military operations. Abdel Aziz al-Hilu is confirmed as commander in chief.

Different rebel sources close to the meeting admitted the existence of some divergences among the SRF members, as JEM felt that the two SLM factions were acting to prevent it from taking any leading role representing its preeminence in Darfur like the position of commander in chief which it coveted.

Minnawi also was not happy with the financial sector, which would not allow him to play political role satisfying his personal ambition.

However, all the parties agree that the most important is to work together and workout the necessary plans on the political, organisational, and military levels to topple the Khartoum regime. "We are resolved to work hand to hand for the salute of the Sudanese people," said a rebel official who minimised the divergences.

The rebel groups said they are disposed to work with all the other opposition parties and called on all the opposition forces to join them stressing they have no regional but national objectives to establish a democratic government where justice and liberties should be respected throughout the country.

In Khartoum, the political parties seem not very enthusiastic to join the rebel alliance, at least publicly. The opposition Uma National Party of the former prime minister Sadiq al-Mahdi has showed his opposition to the armed struggle to remove the regime.

However, the ruling National Congress Party accuses the Popular Congress Party of Hassan al-Turabi of working with the rebels, but the Islamist opposition party rejected these accusations.

(ST)

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  • 26 February 2012 07:55, by George Bol

    Dr Garang De Mabior said in 1988 that the must most being used as Mujaheddin are our brothers from Darfurs( Muralines)and our few from Nuba and Blue Nile and others from Angasena,and but I am glad they realized the marginalization at last. Our Blue Nile and Nuba mountains tried it and they have shown to the world that they have identity. I wish Darfur notice this problem in 1985!

  • 26 February 2012 13:24, by Don P

    Riek Machar is the orchestrator of South Sudan Independenceand not John Garang.

  • 26 February 2012 17:18, by Obol Sam Gabriel

    Well done the SRF that was the first step is the formation of the Group.And then,the second steps i want you to show to khartoum that their time has come by launching heavy fresh fighting from both sides right from blue Nile,Kordufan upto Darfur as well and am sure it will happen for the best of my acknowledgement.And Khartoum must stop to accuses Juba always of supporting the alliance.

  • 26 February 2012 17:26, by Obol Sam Gabriel

    Because it’s their own mistake and the spirit of devilish which doom out their right direction,but instead they tought that by doing it by force,they would manage to over come SPLM-N or Darfur Factions but soon they will learn to do good by the SRF Alliance.Go ahead the SRF your ancester is with you.



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