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Vol 46 No 15

Published 22nd July 2005


Freedom unfledged

Garang's mass welcome in Khartoum shocked the NIF - but doesn't guarantee his success

As a million and a half cheering people rushed to see John Garang de Mabior's triumphant return to Khartoum after 22 years at war, the National Islamic Front regime's power shuddered. Sudanese of all political colours agree that this was the biggest spontaneous gathering in the capital since the Intifadah of April 1985, which overthrew President Ja'afar Mohamed Nimeiri. None of the NIF's orchestrated demonstrations have approached the size, let alone the enthusiasm, of the rally on 8 July, the day before Garang was installed as national First Vice-President.

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