The highest political arm of Sudan People's Liberation
Movement (SPLM), the politburo has chosen the chairman of the group, Salva
Kiir, to be its presidential candidate ahead of Sudan's general elections next
year. The group says that there was need to resolve the ongoing crisis in Darfur
before the next elections to enable places like the remote western region to
participate in the vote. Salva Kiir is
currently Sudan's vice president after a 2005 Comprehensive Peace Agreement
(CPA) ended more than two decades of civil war between the north and the south
in which scores of lives were lost.
of his critics accuse him of not spending enough time in the capital Khartoum,
which they claim, could undermine Kiir's presidential ambitions. Yasser Arman
is the deputy general secretary of the SPLM. From Khartoum he tells reporter
Peter Clottey that Kiir is a tried and tested leader who would take Sudan to
new heights as president.
just finished a meeting of the political bureau, the highest organ of the Sudan
People's Liberation Movement, and we decided to contest at all levels including
the presidency. And for sure Salva Kiir, the chairperson of the SPLM is going
to contest the elections next year," Arman pointed out.
said Vice President Kiir stands a great prospect of winning next year's general
has a very high chance emanating from the fact that the SPLM is very popular,
we have a vision. And that if you are talking about the unity of Sudan and the
entire unity on an even basis then it is Salva Kiir who is coming from Southern
Sudan to be the president of Sudan so as to keep the unity of the country. I'm
sure the voters would have a lot of incentives to vote for Salva Kiir because
of the SPLM or the policies of the SPLM, the alternative that the SPLM is
providing, and that is why the SPLM is very popular. And that if you want to
keep the unity of Sudan, then you have to vote for the man who has the vision
and coming from South Sudan, which is going to go for a referendum," he said.
said the chairman of the SPLM knows about the challenges facing the people of
Sudan and is the best to address those challenges when he is elected as
president next year.
the challenges are clear and are evident in Sudan and because of those
challenges we need a leader who has the vision who is tested. And you need a
new vision that can keep Sudan together because the old vision could not keep
Sudan together. Sudan has been at war with itself for seven years and there is
a war now in Darfur, and Salva Kiir can play an instrumental role to put a just
end to the war in Darfur. And this actually is our concern right now is to fix
things correctly and fairly in Darfur and to go to the national elections
together with Darfur," Arman noted.
said Kiir is a well-tested leader who can reconcile the whole country and bring
about peace and stability.
you know the SPLM vision of the new Sudan, is a vision that calls to all
Sudanese regardless of being Southern Sudanese or Northern Sudanese, Christian
or Moslem, Arabs or African, you have to be in the first place a Sudanese. This
is the SPLM vision of the new Sudan and it is a vision of tolerance and of
bringing peoples together. Salva Kiir is being armed with this vision and the
SPLM has struggled for the last 25 years to bring Sudan together. He (Kiir) is
the right person to bring Sudan together, and he is coming from South Sudan,
and this would make a historical reconciliation between the south and the
north," he pointed out.
said the SPLM had drawn up a plan to end the Darfur crisis and deal with a
warrant being sough by the International Criminal Court against the country's
president, Omar Hassan al-Bashir, but would make no details public until it had
met Bashir's National Congress Party (NCP).