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Vol 51 No 21

Published 22nd October 2010


Sudan

Northern opposition faces increasing duress

Khartoum plays the national unity card to crack down on its many opponents in the North as a new movement is launched

The prospect of independence for Southern Sudan after the referenda due in January is sharpening the cleavages in the Northern opposition. Many Northern oppositionists say their movement would be weakened by the secession of the South, which would allow the ruling National Congress Party (the rebranded National Islamic Front) regime to step up attacks on critics in Darfur, the Nuba Mountains, and beyond. The NCP is also using the crisis over the referenda to pose as the party of national unity, a tactic to which Northern oppositionists have failed to respond effectively.

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