South party still eyes political opposition group in Sudan if split

South Sudan's main party said it would form a separate opposition group in the north if the country split in two after a referendum next month.

South party still eyes political opposition group in Sudan if split

South Sudan's main party said it would form a separate opposition group in the north if the country split in two after a referendum next month.

The Sudan People's Liberation Movement (SPLM), a former southern rebel group, is the ruling party in south Sudan and is overall the country's second-largest party.

The SPLM also has supporters in the north, particularly in the border regions of Blue Nile and the Nuba Mountains area of Southern Kordofan.

Senior SPLM member Yasir Arman told reporters Wednesday the party's northern sector would become an independent organization in the north as soon as the south became a separate country.

Arman, a northerner who was the SPLM's challenger to Bashir in April presidential elections, said the party would counter the vision of northern Sudan set out by the country's president Omar Hassan al-Bashir in a speech Sunday.

Bashir, the leader of the north's ruling National Congress Party (NCP), told supporters in the eastern city of Gedaref he would bring in an entirely Islamic constitution, that had Arabic as the national language, Islam as the national religion.

Agencies

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