Sudan People's Liberation Movement
|Sudan People's Liberation Movement
الحركة الشعبية لتحرير السودان
|Founder||John Garang de Mabior|
|Chairman||Salva Kiir Mayardit|
|Headquarters||Juba, South Sudan|
|Youth wing||SPLM Youth League|
|Ideology||South Sudanese nationalism
|National Legislative Assembly|
The Sudan People's Liberation Movement (SPLM) (Juba Arabic: الحركة الشعبية لتحرير السودان Al-Haraket Al-Sha'ebiyet Li-Tahrir Al-Sudan) is a political party in South Sudan. It was initially founded as the political wing of the Sudan People's Liberation Army (SPLA, key protagonist of the Second Sudanese Civil War) in 1983. On January 9, 2005 the SPLA, SPLM and Government of Sudan signed a Comprehensive Peace Agreement, ending the civil war. SPLM then obtained representation in the Government of Sudan, and was the main constituent of the Government of the then semi-autonomous Southern Sudan. When South Sudan became a sovereign state on 9 July 2011, SPLM became the ruling party of the new republic. SPLM branches in Sudan separated themselves from SPLM, forming the Sudan People's Liberation Movement-North.
The SPLM was established on 16 May 1983, and published a manifesto setting out its positions. Joseph Oduho was made chairman and Colonel John Garang, a Dinka army officer, was made commander of the Sudan People's Liberation Army (SPLA). Later Oduho was deposed by Garang, who made himself leader of the SPLA/M.
The SPLA/M as a rebel group was formed in 1983, after the Sudan government's abandonment of the Addis Ababa agreement signed between the Gaafar Nimeiry government and the Anyanya leader Joseph Lagu who first introduced the Southern Sudanese to the effective political, economic, social, educational, and religious situations they would face after Sudan's independence. Accordingly he started the SPLA/M, which was a group of rebellious south Sudanese soldiers of the Sudanese Army based in Bor, Pochalla, and Ayod (first called the Bor Mutiny). These joined remnants of the Anyanya rebels of the First Sudanese Civil War based in Ethiopia.
Founders of the SPLA included Captain Salva Kiir Mayardit, Samuel AbuJohn Khabas, Major William Nyuon Bany, Major Kerubino Kuanyin Bol and many other South Sudanese officers of the Sudan armed forces. It fought against the governments of Gaafar Nimeiry, Sadiq al-Mahdi and Omar Hasan Ahmad al-Bashir in what is now called the Second Sudanese Civil War. SPLA/M's declared aim was to establish a democratic Sudan with it as the leading party in control of the southern areas. The war has been largely described in religious and ethnic terms, and also as a struggle for control of the water and oil resources located in southern and western Sudan.
In early 1991, the SPLA-Nasir faction led by Dr Riek Machar and Dr Lam Akol attempted to overthrow chairman Garang. The attempt failed but led to widespread fighting in the south and the formation of other rebel groups, such as Kerubino Kwanyin Bol's SPLA Bahr-al-Ghazal faction. These internal divisions hampered negotiations with the government. SPLA-Nasir renamed itself SPLA-United and then transformed itself, with substantial personnel changes, into the South Sudan Independence Movement/Army. Several smaller factions signed the Khartoum Peace Agreement with the government in April 1997 and formed the United Democratic Salvation Front (UDSF).
The Sudanese government accused Uganda and Eritrea of supporting the SPLA/M. The group is alleged to have operated on the Ugandan side of the Sudanese border with Uganda at the southern limit of Sudan.
In 2005, a treaty between the SPLA/M and the Sudanese government led to the formal recognition of Southern Sudanese autonomy. SPLM joined the government as part of the 2005 peace agreement, gaining about one-third of government positions. On 11 October 2007, the SPLM withdrew from the government, alleging violations of the peace agreement; this raised concerns about the future of the agreement.
See also 
- "A CHRONOLOGICAL HISTORY". European Sudanese Public Affairs council. 19 April 1985. Retrieved 17 August 2011.
- Karl R. DeRouen and Uk Heo. Civil wars of the world: major conflicts since World War II 1. ABC-CLIO. p. 748.
- "Southern Sudan party pulls out of unity government", Associated Press (International Herald Tribune), 11 October 2007.
Further reading 
- SPLM/SPLA: The Nasir Declaration, by Lam Akol, published by iUniverse. ISBN 13: (978-0-595-28459-7) 2003 (Description from 2009 American Library Association annual conference book listing.)
- What Is the What: The Autobiography of Valentino Achak Deng (2006) by Dave Eggers
- Official website of the Sudan People's Liberation Movement/Army
- Federation of American Scientists page
- State Department archive on Sudan Project before January 2001
- Description of SPLA/M from pro-rebel bias.
- Garang's Death: Implications for Peace in Sudan by the International Crisis Group, 9 August 2005 (PDF)
- Sudan Photographic Exhibition – Documentary photographer's images of Sudan's displaced