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Minni Minawi meets new Sudan rebel alliance leaders

May 31 - 2020 JUBA / KHARTOUM
Sudan Liberation Movement faction leader Minni Minawi (File photo: Unamid)
Sudan Liberation Movement faction leader Minni Minawi (File photo: Unamid)

The Sudan Liberation Movement faction under the leadership of Minni Minawi (SLM-MM) that withdrew from the Sudan Revolutionary Front (SRF) rebel alliance earlier this month, on Thursday submitted their position regarding the issues of national identity and secularism of state to the peace talks mediation team in Juba.

In a statement on Thursday, the movement’s chief negotiator Mohamed Abunumou said that they held a meeting with the mediation, in which they explained their position about the issues of national identity and secularism of the state. He described the meeting as a great step towards a comprehensive peace.

After the breakaway on May 18, Minni Minawi formed a new rebel alliance under the same name ‘Sudan Revolutionary Front’. He claimed that the former coalition SRF ignored his constant demand for structural reform within SRF.

Abunumou further explained that the movement has a clear stance on the issues of the kanabi, the seasonal labourers who dwell in the El Gezira Agricultural Project. “To address the issues of the kanabi, the movement proposed a consultation conference that includes all the kanabi people to discuss their concerns,” he said.

The SRF breakaway faction confirmed that the leaders of the newly formed faction held a meeting, in which they decided to conduct organisational reviews to build a strong coalition.

In the meeting, they decided to form a committee that includes two people from each group headed by the chairman of the new Justice and Equality Movement faction, Mansour Arbab, to review the documents of the Sudan Revolutionary Front.

The SRF-MM confirmed that the Justice and Equality Movement faction led by Bakheet Abdelkarim joined the new alliance.

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