Former rebels run for governor

2010-01-17 22:44

Juba - South Sudan's former rebels will contest key governor posts in the 26 states of Africa's largest nation in historic elections due in April, with new candidates for half the posts in the south, a top official said on Sunday.

The south's ruling Sudan Peoples' Liberation Movement (SPLM) is challenging its former civil war enemies in the north in the first elections in 24 years.

"The SPLM is contesting in all states of the Sudan," said Pagan Amum, the SPLM secretary general. "A number of leaders lost in the contest - we have five new people coming in the south."

"Those who have won will have to work with those who did not to make sure that the SPLM will win," he told reporters in the southern capital Juba.

Four women were selected - two in the north, and two in the south - including Nyandeng Malek Deliec for the troubled Warrap state, where recent clashes between rival ethnic groups have left dozens dead.

Rights, equality

"With these nominations the SPLM is saying that it cares for women's rights and for equality," said Amum, adding they would also run candidates in the three troubled western states of Darfur and the contested Abyei border region.

The SPLM nominated Simon Kun Puoc, the current head of the southern government's humanitarian arm, for the oil rich state of Upper Nile, currently the only governorship in the south held by the ruling National Congress Party.

Edward Lino, a former administrator of the contested region of Abyei, would stand in the capital for Khartoum state, Amum said.

The elections were provided for in the Comprehensive Peace Agreement (CPA) signed in 2005 between north and south Sudan to end a devastating 22-year civil war that cost the lives of two million people.

The CPA is meant also to pave the way for a referendum on southern independence in January 2011.

Yassir Arman, a secular Muslim from North Sudan, was chosen to fight Omar al-Beshir in the presidential election, the first multi-party ballot since 1986 in Sudan.

For the presidential election of semi-autonomous South Sudan, the SPLM chose the current president of the region Salva Kiir, a former rebel commander who is also first vice president of all Sudan.

Read more on:    splm  |  sudan  |  east africa
NEXT ON NEWS24X
SHARE:

Read News24’s Comments Policy

 

Inside News24

 
SPONSORED CONTENT
When is a mountain more than just a mountain? 2014-12-18 07:26

When it’s an adventure! A group of Old Mutual employees found out how much is enough courage, endurance and camaraderie to take on Africa's highest peak.

/News
 

Joburg hot spots for cocktails, craft beer, tapas and wine!

It’s the season to be jolly – so we’ve rounded up some new Joburg hot spots!

 
 

I love summer.24

Summer Survey!
Great ideas for the best summer sandwiches!
Christmas lingerie to make this festive season the best one ever!
13 things you might not know about Disneyland

Jobs in Cape Town [change area]

Property [change area]

Travel - Look, Book, Go!

Kalahari.com - shop online today

2DAYS ONLY – 30% off Appliances

Coffee makers, blenders, fans, juicers and more. T&Cs apply. Shop now!

2 DAYS ONLY – 40% off books

Get 40% off when you buy 2 books. For two days only! T&Cs apply. Buy now!

Up to 50% off on outdoor gear

Save on chairs, blankets, cooler bags, umbrellas and more. Shop now!

Save on Samsung

Cameras, mobile phones, TVs, Tablets and more. While stocks last. Shop now!

Grand Theft Auto 5

Now available on PS4, Xbox One and PC from R649. Buy now!

OLX Free Classifieds [change area]

Samsung Galaxy s4

Mobile, Cell Phones in South Africa, Western Cape, Cape Town. Date October 24

Best bargain in big bay

Real Estate, Houses - Apartments for Sale in South Africa, Western Cape, Cape Town. Date October 25

VW Golf 6, 1.6 Trendline (Excellent condition)

Vehicles, Cars in South Africa, Western Cape, Cape Town. Date October 25

Horoscopes
Aquarius
Aquarius

The energy today is serious, materialistic and hardworking. You may find you get a new outlook on things and you may want to spend...read more

There are new stories on the homepage. Click here to see them.
 
English
Afrikaans
isiZulu

Hello 

Create Profile

Creating your profile will enable you to submit photos and stories to get published on News24.


Please provide a username for your profile page:

This username must be unique, cannot be edited and will be used in the URL to your profile page across the entire 24.com network.

Settings

Location Settings

News24 allows you to edit the display of certain components based on a location. If you wish to personalise the page based on your preferences, please select a location for each component and click "Submit" in order for the changes to take affect.








Facebook Sign-In

Hi News addict,

Join the News24 Community to be involved in breaking the news.

Log in with Facebook to comment and personalise news, weather and listings.