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|Secretary General of Sudan People's Liberation Movement-North|
October 5, 1961 |
Tabat City, Al-Jazira, Sudan
|Political party||Sudanese Communist Party (until 1987)
Sudan People's Liberation Movement (1987-2011)
Sudan People's Liberation Movement-North (2011-present)
Yasir Said Arman (ياسر عرمان) (born October 5, 1961, Al Jazirah) is a Sudanese politician and a leading figure in the Sudan People's Liberation Movement (SPLM). He was the SPLM's deputy secretary-general for the northern sector and its spokesman. Initially he was presented as the SPLM candidate for the April 2010 presidential election, but the party later chose to boycott the presidential election. After South Sudan's independence on July 9, 2011 and the creation of a separate SPLM party in the Republic of the Sudan (North Sudan), Arman has become the secretary general of the SPLM-N.
Arman is one of the leaders who helped draft and signed the Naivasha agreement of the Comprehensive Peace Agreement that ended the war between the north and south of Sudan in 2005. He was the head of the SPLM quota for the parliamentary faction.
Yasir Arman belongs to Ja'alin, an Arab tribe in north of Sudan; he was born in Tabat City in the state of Al Jazirah. He joined the Sudanese Communist Party as a student in the mid-seventies. He was accused of involvement in the deaths of two pro-Islamist students at the Khartoum branch of Cairo University (now Al-Neelain University), but was subsequently acquitted of the charges in court. He left Sudan and joined the SPLM in 1987. He became very close to the former leader John Garang, and was appointed as a military leader and spokesman.