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SPLM Supporters to Embark on Protest Monday, Says Official

  • Peter Clottey

A Sudanese opposition supporter shouts slogans as protesters wave the flag of Sudan People's Liberation Movement (SPLM) during a demonstration against the government in Khartoum, 07 Dec 2009

A Sudanese opposition supporter shouts slogans as protesters wave the flag of Sudan People's Liberation Movement (SPLM) during a demonstration against the government in Khartoum, 07 Dec 2009

The spokesman for the Sudan People’s Liberation Movement (SPLM) says members will embark on a peaceful demonstration Monday to press home their demand for democratic reforms.

The spokesman for the Sudan People’s Liberation Movement (SPLM) says members will embark on a peaceful demonstration Monday to press home their demand for democratic reforms.

Yien Matthew Chol said President Hassan Bashir’s National Congress Party (NCP) is determined to thwart all efforts at implementing democratic reforms that have been agreed on.

“Tomorrow (Monday) in the whole south and Nuba Mountains as well as in the Blue Nile, people will go for tranquil and peaceful demonstration calling for the government of the national unity and the parliament to enhance passing those laws as they were agreed by the Sudan People’s Liberation Movement and the NCP,” he said.

Yien Matthew Chol, SPLM's Spokesman.

Yien Matthew Chol, SPLM's Spokesman.

SPLM members of parliament staged a walk out last week after accusing the NCP of pushing through a bill in parliament that allowed Diaspora southerners, including those in the north, to cast absentee ballots for the 2011 referendum.

Sudan media reported that last week’s disputed referendum bill was scheduled to be resubmitted to parliament Monday for a second deliberation but was later taken out of the agenda.

The SPLM accused the NCP of removing the referendum bill from Monday’s agenda -- a charge Khartoum denies.

But Chol said the NCP seems disinterested in democratic reforms.

“The position is that the past Referendum Act was only passed by the northerners without the southerners, which makes it actually an NCP act and not of Sudan. The other thing, which is very important, is that the SPLM will never ever compromise the issues of the remaining laws and bills because they are related directly to the democratic transformation. And that is the essence of the whole CPA (Comprehensive Peace Agreement),” Chol said.

Sudan police have often banned pro-democracy demonstrations.

But Chol said the SPLM will continue its fight for democratic reforms.

“The SPLM as we’ve made very clear has got plans A and B and C, which we will promulgate in due time. However, at the moment as our leader and the chairman of the SPLM calls for calm then we are just for call while our position on the referendum bill remains unchanged and stagnant,” Chol said.

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