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Vol 51 No 5

Published 5th March 2010


Doubts over Darfur

Foreign governments welcome claims of a peace deal in Darfur but many Sudanese see it as another pre-election trick by Khartoum

The latest Darfur peace deal announced on 23 February meets the strategic aims of the ruling National Congress Party (aka National Islamic Front, NIF): to consolidate a fragmented Islamist movement; to contain the Chad and Darfur conflicts so as to focus on the South; and to reinforce the NCP’s position, both at home and abroad, before next month’s national elections. The signatories to the deal are the NCP and the Justice and Equality Movement (JEM), widely seen as Islamist; none of the secular Darfur groups have signed up so far.

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