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Under pressure from internal divisions and fighting wars on three fronts, the ruling party is struggling to reinvent itself

Everyone welcomed the opening of the regime’s talks with the Sudan People’s Liberation Movement-North in Ethiopia on 23 April. The ruling National Congress Party presents the talks as proof of its legitimacy and hopes it can buy time. The SPLM-N, which is fighting government forces in South Kordofan and Blue Nile, wants the talks to end the NCP’s blockade on relief aid for hundreds of thousand of displaced civilians before the rainy season. It also thinks the negotiations will boost its political standing at home and abroad and further weaken the regime. Diplomats see the meetings as vindicating their pragmatic stance towards the government.

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