A Sudanese analyst says the late rebel leader John Garang was a symbol of the struggle for greater federalism in the country.  Lecturer John Gai Yoh of the University of South Africa (UNISA) in Pretoria credits the leader of the Sudanese Liberation Movement with creating a campaign that included allies beyond his base in the south.  Mr. Yoh notes that his vision materialized with the comprehensive peace agreement signed last January between the former SPLA rebels and the government in Khartoum.

Analyst John Gai Yoh predicts that the SPLA will continue to democratize:  it has created a new SPLA parliament for the south and has named a new five-man military panel to lead the movement.