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SPLM-N Rift: Agar rejects al-Hilu’s "coup", renews calls for temporary leadership


SPLM-N leader Malik Agar walks with the SPLA-N chief of Staff Jacod Mekouar and SPLM-N SG Yasir Arman after their arrival into the Nuba Mountains on 25 March 2017 (ST Photo)

June 9, 2017 (KHARTOUM) - The head of the SPLM North, Malik Agar, on Friday described the appointment of Abdel Aziz al-Hilu as chairman of the Movement as a coup based on tribal alliances. Further, he reiterated his proposal to choose a temporary leadership from the current leadership council according to the seniority of its membership.

The Nuba Mountains Liberation Council (NMLC) Wednesday decided to install al-Hilu as temporary president of the Movement, to relieve Agar from the leadership of the armed group together with the secretary general Yasir Arman, and to prevent them from entering the SPLM-N controlled areas.

But Agar rejected the move describing it as a "coup d’état if it succeeds will pave the way for other coups to come after," he said, stressing that "a coup cannot lead and build a democratic national movement and will not be accepted by the Movement’s members and leaders, or why did our people resist for 27 years the coup of al-Bashir".

In addition, he challenged the legality of the meeting of the Nuba Liberation Council saying it did not have a quorum. He pointed out that a "handful" of NMLC members held the meeting under a direct order from al-Hilu and tried to hide the weakness of attendance through the organisation of a public celebration to mark the 6th anniversary of the resumption of the war on June 6, 2011.

Agar wondered how a regional body can decide to dissolve the SPLM-N leadership council, saying it is a "political, legal and constitutional paradox". Further, he underscored that the decisions of the NMLC were signed by a colonel who joined the SPLA-N in 2012 who dismissed the chairman and the secretary-general, both have the rank of Lieutenant General.

The SPLM-N leader stressed that the decisions of the Nuba Liberation Council were based on an alliance between certain tribes, warning that this is "unacceptable" and would divide the Movement on a tribal basis.

Also, he said "the small group working on the engineering of this coup is a group with tribal orientations that led to tribal fighting in the Blue Nile, a matter that should not happen in the Nuba Mountains. "

Agar was referring to the recent clashes that occurred in between the SPLA-N controlled areas in the Blue Nile state between the group’s members from the Adak tribe against their comrades from Al-Angassana, the tribe of Malik Agar. The former supported al-Hilu’s move against Agar.


He renewed his readiness and the Secretary General to voluntarily renounce the leadership of the group saying that "it is better for the Movement to choose a temporary leadership in accordance with the seniority of the current leadership council to oversee the convening of the General Conference with the participation of real representatives of the Two Areas and the states of the northern sector (Sudan) and representatives of the Movement in the Diaspora."

He stressed that the Chairman and the Secretary-General will never run for any future executive position in any way, adding that the movement needs a comprehensive assessment and openness to determine the way forward.

He reiterated that "it is not acceptable that a small group of Kauda town decide the future of the Movement".

He pointed out that the right to self-determination is one of the contentious issues with al-Hilu in that sense that the movement’s chairman and secretary-general and many others leaders and members of the movement adhere to the vision of the New Sudan and the unity of Sudan on new bases.

He further said the other contention with al-Hilu that the latter after his return from a secret foreign visit, he started to discuss the possibility of dividing the Sudan into five countries with the SPLM-N’s cadre.

Agar called on al-Hilu to realise before it was too late that his "coup paves the way for internal and external forces to encircle the Movement, forces that have been in full hostility with the Movement and will now find a golden opportunity."

He appealed the Movement’s forces and members to preserve the SPLM-N unity and to move away from ethnic and tribal, geographical divisions and commit themselves to the group’s vision.


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  • 10 June 2017 08:35, by Planetmars

    Malik Agar, is a liar. he was behind the recent clash between his tribes and all the tribes in the blue nile. he miscalculate the strength of the unified tribes and order an attack on fellow blue nile by his tribes armed by his nephew Ahmed Omda.600 Ak 47 and Rgp were distributed among his tribes in the refugee camps in mabaan county and then attack fellow blue nile refugee, but they were defeate

  • 10 June 2017 08:44, by Planetmars

    Malik does not have the character of democracy. Now his tribes control none of any military based in the sPlM- N control area. Let him come home in the blue nile and clean up the mess he leave behind. He is the one to blame for his policy of one tribe dominant which lead to tribal polarization on each side. he can blame Al-hilu ,but the people of the blue nile want him to answer these questions:

    • 10 June 2017 09:01, by Redeemer

      When you miscalculate politics it turns bitter. That is what also happened to Pagan Amum, he signed a miscalculated agreement by making himself completely different from the government which he is part of, he installed his group in positions but he remained on the run

  • 10 June 2017 08:53, by Planetmars

    why did he execute Ali bander the most respected in the rebel ranks. why did his tribes fire first at other tibes in the blue nile.It is not just one tribes uduk on the other side as he claim, it is all tribes against his tribe ingasana. Lots of lives have been lost because of his policy. He can’t lead in the blue nile any more. Other tribes are very angry at him right now. He called he run spLm-N

  • 10 June 2017 09:02, by Planetmars

    as a family business, or as a tribal business. He made history in bringing the first tribal fight in the blue nile. He focus the peace talk on humanitarian assistance as if people are fighting the government for the right to access humanitarian assistance. Ulike Dr. Garang, malik run the splm N without manifesto. No clear goals, no democratic character on him.

  • 10 June 2017 09:32, by Planetmars

    why is he calling for new leadership now after he lost it.He could have done just that two or three years ago. Conditions given to him and his tribe now is disarm and come back and get retrain on unity. Uduk tribe a long ally of southern are taking action against malik to protect those small tribe in the blue nile that are being massacre in different refugee camps by malik’s tribe.

  • 10 June 2017 09:35, by Sunday Junup

    eheheheheh!!!! Self determination verse New Sudan policy was the one that destroy unity between nyanya II and SPLA. Again b/n SSIM and SPLA also it is the main cause of 2013 crisis in SS. Take care or face consequences. I can support Abdel Aziz al-Hilu then Malik Agar. Malik and Salva are just running parties with Manifesto or conventions.its a punishment from G-d for your involvement to SS affair

  • 10 June 2017 09:40, by Planetmars

    Without uduks and the berta on malik’s side , malik can not balance his leadership in the blue nile. That is why he called for new leadership. Come back malik and get training on unity and diversity.

  • 10 June 2017 11:57, by Son of BLue Nile

    Malik knows that he has been with Uduk before his tribemate joined the movement and there is no any other Uduk who has talked bad about him they gave him to be the leader of every thing even though he is alone in the movement surrounded by Uduk from day one now you are accusing them of coup against your tribemate i know the Uduk are good people if they are to be bad people the rest of the tribes

  • 10 June 2017 12:03, by Son of BLue Nile

    including his will not get big position in the movement but that is not what is in the mind of Uduk tribe the man himself is so tribalistic when his tribemate joinned the movement after the CPA he promoted them past the real people who are in the movement and no one talks about that because people are considering them to be our own and lastly because he is doing things like a small

  • 10 June 2017 12:07, by Son of BLue Nile

    child who does not see tommorow things turn around Yes i may agree with him that the Uduk took the lead because they are the most strongest tribe who can put resistant to them and any other tribes follows and if it is true the fight is between Uduk and Ingassana as he claimed why did they have to execute Ali Bander who is not Uduk? Those are just rubish whether he runs up and down the people of

  • 10 June 2017 12:11, by Son of BLue Nile

    Blue Nile will not accept you back as their leader any more we are better off minus you and your tribe provided that all the other remaining tribes are united we will remained the people of Blue Nile Not Jubal Ingassana as you wanted it to be in the face of the World we are assuring you that you have failed

  • 10 June 2017 15:41, by Don-Don Malith Rual

    It is very unfortunate that people diverted from the real objective of naturalization to the senseless war of tribalism n nepotism. I wish Dr Garang was a live to represent your issues to international community including Abei case of apprehension. I feel pity on u dearestically fellow brothers! I wish u got aur share like us though we misused it

  • 10 June 2017 22:31, by Akeen Mangarthon

    Self determination is the best option. Agar is actually an elder and most respected leader however his idealogy of new sudan is a long way to go and he will never achieve it as well . He and Yasir Arman can think twice on this and unite the rank and files of SPLM/A-N for goal of self determination for Central Sudan.

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