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Vol 52 No 21

Published 21st October 2011


Opposition on the march

Political and military oppositionists coordinate their campaigns as economic pressures mount on Khartoum

A new military-political alliance of northern oppositionists is determinedly confronting the Khartoum regime, just three months after South Sudan formally seceded. The two developments are closely tied: the Independence of the South has weakened the National Congress Party (NCP) politically, economically and militarily. Indeed, the states of Southern Kordofan and Blue Nile, where Khartoum is prosecuting its latest war, are increasingly known by the opposition as the ‘New South’. The group strongly leading the fight against Khartoum in those areas, the Sudan People’s Liberation Movement/Army-North (SPLM/A-N), is also the effective head of Northern Sudan’s new opposition alliance – an alliance so new it has not yet got a name.

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