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    Akol runs for presidency in South Sudan



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    Akol runs for presidency in South Sudan

    Post  Yien on Sat Jan 16, 2010 3:01 pm

    Lam Akol runs for presidency in South Sudan
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    January 15, 2010 (KHARTOUM) – The former Sudanese foreign and head of the Sudan People Liberation Movement for Democratic Change (SPLM-DC) Lam Akol will run for the post of South Sudan president, according to a statement released by his office.

    Lam Akol “The Alliance of Southern Sudan Political Parties which was in the South-South Dialogue in Khartoum last year met officially on Wednesday 13th January 2010 in Khartoum to nominate a Presidential candidate for the Government of Southern Sudan (GoSS)” the statement reads.

    “The SPLM-DC presented their candidate then, Dr. Lam Akol Ajawin who was swiftly endorse[d] by the Alliance as the candidate to be supported by the Alliance in their bid to win the GoSS Presidency in the coming Elections”.

    Akol was a leading figure in the legacy SPLM party but his close ties to the ruling National Congress Party (NCP) led by president Omer Hassan Al-Bashir has alienated his colleagues at the ex-Southern rebel group.

    Akol has insisted at the time that the SPLM partnership with the NCP is particularly valuable and also campaigned in favor of the Sudanese President after the issuance by the International criminal Court of an arrest warrant against him.

    The alliance expressed support to Bashir candidacy for president of the country.

    “President Al Bashir is the only person to sign working peace agreement in Southern Sudan, Darfur, and the Eastern Region….. El Bashir was also credited with stopping wars and the bloodshed which had plagued the nation for so long. Also the inclusive administration instituted by President Al Bashir already is a good step for political pluralism and social and cultural diversity. Mr. Bashir is the very one now working to implement democratic transformation and as it was embodied in the interim Constitution of the country and the CPA and he should be given the chance to continue with this”.

    “Bashir has to be given the chance to complete the implementation of the CPA and the other agreement which he had signed while serving current term. Many challenges remain and the alliance of Southern Political partied believes it is only Al Bashir who can overcame the challenges that remain in implementing the peace agreements”.

    Last year, the former foreign minister announced the establishment of the SPLM-DC party which angered the SPLM party which sought to prevent it from using the name.

    Furthermore, late last year South Sudan president Salva Kiir issued a directive banning the SPLM-DC activities in the South. However, the Sudanese Constitutional Court ruled in favor of Akol’s appeal against the decision.

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