October 9, 2007
Everything's fine - Everything's falling apart
Here is the current lead story on the state-controlled, Khartoum-based Sudanese Media Centre website:
Future of NCP-SPLM Partnership Reassuring, Akol
Tuesday 9 October 2007 - CPA will never collapse because the Southern Sudan people militated and sacrificed a lot to achieve peace, Sudan's Foreign Minister, Dr. Lam Akol told Sudan Vision in an exclusive interview yesterday. He expressed reassurance of the future of partnership between the National Congress Party NCP and SPLM. ''This partnership has been dictated by the necessity to implement CPA,'' said the Minister adding that the Sudanese citizens will monitor the commitment of the two parties to the Agreement implementation.
And here is the front page story in today's Citizen paper, based in south Sudan's capital Juba:
NCP Partnership Falling Apart, SPLM Political Bureau Agrees
Tuesday 9 October 2007 - The partnership between the Sudan People Liberation Movement and the ruling National Congress Party is in jeopardy, officials said yesterday after the Political Bureau meeting in Juba.
Take both headlines together and you've actually got a pretty clear picture of the political situation here - a continuous round of 'Crisis! - What crisis? - Crisis!'.
And dotcha just love acronyms in headlines? For the few of you out there who aren't Sudanese political obsessives, here are some translations:
- CPA - The Comprehensive Peace Agreement (A peace deal signed between the Government of Sudan and the SPLM in 2005 that ended Africa's longest civil war)
- NCP - The National Congress Party (Sudan's dominant political party)
- SPLM - The Sudan People's Liberation Movement (Former southern rebels who joined the central government after signing the Comprehensive Peace Agreement)
Posted by aheavens at October 9, 2007 10:31 AM