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Vol 51 No 24

Published 3rd December 2010


Abyei's protocol problems

Abyei is still waiting, while Southerners register for their own referendum

The National Congress Party (NCP) carried its brinkmanship beyond the 30 November deadline set by Abyei's Dinka Ngok leaders – and the requisite Referendum Commission had still not been set up. Ngok leaders had threatened to block the migration route of Baggara Missiriya Humr and implement their own self-determination process. After weeks of meetings where the NCP (aka National Islamic Front) persisted in trying to rewrite the 2004 Abyei Protocol, the Sudan People's Liberation Movement (SPLM) agreed that the Presidency should decide (AC Vol 51 No 23). Comprising President Omer Hassan Ahmed el Beshir, Vice-President Ali Osman Mohamed Taha and First Vice-President Salva Kiir Mayardit, the Presidency has a built-in NCP majority.

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