SUDAN WATCH: Coalition of opposition parties will meet SPLM to appoint a joint presidential candidate

Thursday, December 03, 2009

Coalition of opposition parties will meet SPLM to appoint a joint presidential candidate

From SRS - Sudan Radio Service, December 3, 2009:
(Juba) – There are indications that a coalition of opposition parties will meet the Sudan People’s Liberation Movement on December 12 to appoint a joint presidential candidate for elections which are scheduled for April 2010.

Asked about rumors that the coalition of opposition parties, together with the SPLM, had nominated former prime minister Sadiq Al-Mahdi as their candidate for the presidential elections, the secretary-general of the SPLM says that no decision has been reached yet.

Pagan Amum spoke to Sudan Radio Service on Thursday from Juba.

[Pagan Amum: “On December 12, this coalition is going to discuss the possibility of nominating a single candidate and we will be looking at the possibility of forming a political alliance. No names have been discussed yet, but we are going to look into a possibility of nominating a single candidate.”

The adviser to the Ministry of Information in GONU, Rabie Abdulaati, commented on the move by SPLM to join the coalition of opposition parties in naming a single presidential candidate.

[Rabie Abdulaati]: “Yes, this is a SPLM strategy; they should look for whatever strategy they feel is suitable for them to enter the elections - this is up to them. So I can not decide or determine what the SPLM will do.”

That was the adviser to the ministry of information in GONU, Rabie Abdulaati, speaking to Sudan Radio Service from Khartoum.

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