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SPLM-N Arman says Islamic movements threaten African diversity


February 7, 2013 (KHARTOUM) – The secretary general of the Sudan People’s Liberation Movement North (SPLM-N), Yasir Arman, has cautioned against Islamist movements saying they represent a threat to African diversity and called for the political situation in Sudan to be considered in this context.

SPLM-N secretary-general Yasir Arman (Reuters)

In written remarks extended to Sudan Tribune Arman described Islamic political groups as "intolerant" emphasising that they ignore cultural and religious diversity, women’s rights, and democratic values.

He further called on "African intellectuals, governments, political and social movements, and civil societies" to seriously consider the Sudanese case and to respond to the growing Islamist groups in Africa.

The Arab Spring brought two Islamist regimes in Tunisia and Egypt and increased their influence in Libya. Other Islamist groups are playing active political role in Somalia, Nigeria, Kenya and Tanzania, he noted; pointing to other clandestine groups in Ethiopia, South African and Malawi.

The rebel figure who is also the secretary for external affairs of the Sudanese Revolutionary Front (SRF) rebel coalition argued that "Sudan’s diversity represents a small African continent". But he blamed the ruling National Congress Party (NCP) for "totally" disregarding the plurality of cultures in Sudan and establishing a totalitarian regime.

"To impose such a fascist vision [the Sudanese government] has had to resort to violence and an iron-grip to crush all those who do not fall into their category", Arman said.

Talking about the connections of the Sudanese Islamists and their network in African countries, he mentioned that many of the cadres and leaders of these movements "were indoctrinated by and graduated from the famous African Islamic University in Khartoum".

He also underlined the particular relationship between the Iranian and the Sudanese regimes, before to warning against the NCP’s ties with the ruling Islamist party in Egypt.

According to Arman, the Egyptian Muslim Brotherhood "will have a huge impact on Sudan and Africa as a whole".

The government of the National Congress Party (NCP) which seized power in a coup d’état in June 1989, is waging war against the Sudan people’s Liberation Movement- North (SPLM-North) in Blue Nile and South Kordofan.

The SPLM-N, which has fought the government since June 2011, calls for a comprehensive process leading to establish a secular and democratic regime in Sudan.

Recently the Sudanese political forces and rebel groups including the SPLM-N, signed a political charter vowing to separate religion and politics but some opposition parties say more talks on this issue are needed.


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  • 8 February 2013 09:29, by okucu pa lotinokwan

    You are correct Arman to tell this out to the whole world particular to the Africa leaders,who are yet don’t believe in this like Thabo Mbeki who is residing by the Arabs because of some Dollars been given to him as berbry.

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  • 8 February 2013 10:15, by Sudan virus

    This is what those who claimed to be intellectuals could be saying! Not lies, propaganda etc.

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    • 8 February 2013 10:35, by Die (Truth) or Live (Lie)

      The wise men think alike and that is what they should do the Muslim brothers and support Yassir Arman. Islam and blood are 1 by birth that is why killing innocent people by Muslim brothers is nothing then a will of their Mohammed.

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  • 8 February 2013 10:33, by master

    drunkard and killer

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    • 8 February 2013 11:37, by jwok

      Master you’re right your govenment are drinkard and killer as well as criminals don’t forget word criminals

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    • 8 February 2013 11:42, by sudani ana

      Sudan Tribune
      I quote(The government of the National Congress Party (NCP) which seized power in a coup d’état in June 1989, is waging war against the Sudan people’s Liberation Movement- North (SPLM-North) in Blue Nile, South Kordofan.) end of quote. How perverse and stupid to say this, its the rebels who are waging war against the government, not the other way round???????????????????

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      • 8 February 2013 15:38, by Paul Ongee

        Ya Sudani Inti,
        Has China been the engine of economic growth for the whole world? When did it reportedly overtake USA? China did overtake Germany and Japan lately but not USA. Please, attend ESL class. Is there any news of double-digit economic growth of Sudan following the historic event of July9th, 2011? No. Never. Perhaps when Sudan denounce the following attitudes:

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        • 8 February 2013 15:38, by Paul Ongee

          Sudan has registered double-digit oil theft under CPA and beyond, double-digit weeping following 09/07/2011; double-digit war mongering under AU/UN-mediated negotiations; double-digit hosting Al-Qaeda operatives, terrorists and smuggling weapons to Gaza Strip; double-digit fooling two regional organizations, AU and Arab League for economic, religious and identity survival;

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          • 8 February 2013 15:39, by Paul Ongee

            And lastly poses as the powerful engine of interpreting and adopting “Sharia” law in a multi-lingual, multi-religious and multi-cultural society under the five-year supervision of Iran. Otherwise, Sudan will not qualify for a “big credit line” to revive its sluggish economy and stay in power without eyeing South Sudan oil.

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            • 8 February 2013 15:39, by Paul Ongee

              Any news about the registered double-digit axis of evil? Sudan needs first to register double-digit freedom of expression and democratic transformation prior to registering double- digit economic growth under the current regime of National Criminal Party (NCP).

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      • 8 February 2013 19:35, by Nubian King

        Sudani Anta,
        whoever wrote the sentence you quoted above is extra correct coz NCP must wrong in all fields that’s why there are widespread wars across the country which was once an African haven. Arman is very right in rising such concerns as Arabs have already terrorized many countries and now want to wing in the African continent via Sudan, Egypt, Algeria,Mali, Lybia and many African nations.

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  • 8 February 2013 11:45, by wang

    Welcomes to African real world Mr. Yasir Arman, yes without deniable the Arab races whether they are in Sudan or other part of the world. They are the main causes of all these messes the entirety globe have facing today in particularly in Africa continent

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  • 8 February 2013 14:01, by 4Justice

    Tunisian opposition leader shot dead by loving Islamists

    A Tunisian opposition party leader who had been critical of the Islamist-led government and violence by radical Muslims has been shot dead, a day after he received the latest in a string of death threats.


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  • 8 February 2013 14:23, by Torit1955

    Thank you Arman for exposing the hatred and violence preaching’s and teaching in Sudan schools. Islam has no moral equivalence to any other religion. It is a religion that finds its existence in ideology of radicalism and ignorance right from the time of Muhammad. It is only In Islam tenets the world is divided into two: Dar al Harb (land of war - infidels) and Dar al Islam (land of peace - Islam.

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  • 9 February 2013 01:26, by JAMES KUOI STEPHEN

    Arman! continue with old objective that the North goverment are not in respecting human equality and previllage of Nubia Mountian.We are longing for people of Nubian Mountian to get their own referandom to represent their voices and rights to the world wide.But don’t give a devil achance to make funny at you. You are stronge man,and we are spiriually supporting your rights,you are North Southern S

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