Sudan and South Sudan’s peaceful leadership contest

Posted: May 12, 2013 in All Posts, Sudan

Senior political leaders from the both Sudan and South Sudan have called for members of the top seat in the SPLM(Sudan People’s Liberation Movement) to refrain from violent politics and allow fair and peaceful political competition in the country. The two-day gathering was also attended by the speaker of parliament and deputy chairman of the SPLM, James Wani Igga, as well as deputy secretary general of the party Ann Itto.

During the event, speakers called on the ruling party leaders to undergo the procedural internal transformation process, and warned contestants against siding their region in the process.

James Wani Igga encouraged regional leaders to promote economic activities to achieve food security in the country. In a meeting of the SPLM Political Bureau last March, Igga reportedly voiced support to the current president of government and party chairman, Salva Kiir. Igga also said he would compete for Kiir’s top seat if Kiir decided to step down and allows for others to compete.

The presidential advisor and widow of the late founder of the party, Rebecca Nyandeng de Mabior, warned of “red lines”, referring to some of the contentions. She is also thought to support Machar to lead the transformation process for the next phase.

Vice President Riek Machar and SPLM secretary general Pagan Amum were among the leaders who challenged Kiir to step down.

Machar asked his running mate in the last elections of 2010 to support him to take over the top seat. Amum however wants that he be allowed as the successor to Kiir and asked the two leaders to step down.

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