SPLM backs Kiir for 2024 presidential bid as 20,000 flee violence in Upper Nile

Salva kiir. Photo: File

Juba, December 7, 2022 (SSNA) — The ruling Sudan People’s Liberation Movement (SPLM) party has endorsed President Salva Kiir for the presidential election scheduled to take place late next year, the SPLM’s highest leadership body, the National Liberation Council (NLC) says.

In a 4-day conference in Juba, members of the NLC anonymously nominated Kiir to become its flag bearer in the election, and the president thanked the party for choosing him.

“I accept your nomination and I’m humbled and honored by your decision to nominate me for these two important tasks that to be the only sole candidate in the forthcoming convention and also the flag bearer for the SPLM party in the general election. Thank you very much,” he told the party on Tuesday, adding, “We passed through a difficult situation, but we came out and stood together. I have never failed you before; I believe that we will fight together whatever battles that are coming.”

The meeting was concluded on Tuesday as the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) reveals at least 20,000 people flee their homes in Upper Nile due to ongoing fighting between various armed groups.

Other parties including the main opposition party SPLM-IO have yet to name their candidates.


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