Yasir Arman

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Yasir Arman
Secretary General of Sudan People's Liberation Movement-North
Assumed office
Personal details
Born (1962-10-05) October 5, 1962 (age 54)
Tabat City, Al-Jazira, Sudan[1]
Nationality Sudanese
Political party Sudanese Communist Party (until 1987)
Sudan People's Liberation Movement (1987-2011)
Sudan People's Liberation Movement-North (2011-present)
Religion Muslim

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.[1] 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.

Yasir Arman was arrested with other leaders in December 2009 after attempting to conduct a demonstration in Khartoum to protest against legislation passed in the parliament of Sudan.[2]

Personal life[edit]

Yasir Arman is married to a daughter of Sultan Deng Mjok, one of the sultans of South Sudan, and has two daughters.

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