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Sudan health minister reneges on surprise resignation – official

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March 1, 2011 (KHARTOUM) – Sudan’s federal minister of health has reversed his surprise decision on Tuesday to resign from his position and returned only hours later to exercise his duties, a Sudanese official has announced.

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Sudan health minister Abdulla Tiya – Al-Raed newspaper’s website

Abdalla Tiya, who serves as a minister of health representing South Sudan’s ruling Sudan People’s Liberation Movement (SPLM) in the government of national unity with the north, made a surprising announcement on Tuesday that he had decided to quit his job, citing claims of sidelining by his subordinates who belong to the ruling National Congress Party in north Sudan.

The minister declared his resignation in a press conference in Khartoum, saying he can no longer accept to be a "puppet" minister, and claimed he was consistently kept off the loop regarding decisions falling within the purview of his jurisdictions.

Tiya said he had only seen the appointment of the ministry’s undersecretary in media reports, adding that all the nominations he put forward for that position were ignored.

The minister complained of what he termed as "systematic marginalization" by ministers affiliated with the dominant National Congress Party (NCP) which he accused of seeking to undermine any minister who does not belong to it.

"I am the last to know what is happening within the ministry’s corridors," Tiya said.

However, the state minister at Sudan’s council of ministers, Mohamed Mukhtar, on Tuesday said that the minister had retracted his resignation and resumed his duties immediately.

Tiya was appointed to his position in May under the power-sharing portion of the Comprehensive Peace Agreement (CPA) signed in 2005 between the SPLM and the NCP, ending more than two decades of civil war between the north and the south.

The CPA is due to expire in July 2011 when south Sudan becomes officially independent as a result of the referendum vote it undertook in January this year.

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  • 2 March 14:23, by Cibaipiath Junub Sudan

    Abdalla Tiya,
    The good thing is that you are from the North and from the SPLM party. There is no need for you to resign from your post. Just ignore NCP practices and continue to serve in that marginalised manner.

    Let us see if all the other political parties who shall occupy SPLM Southerners positions will be treated like you in the near future (After July 2011). SPLM is a viable seed that will bring about change, transformation and democracy to Northern Sudan.

    SPLM Northern Sector shall be the party that will establish strong tie and everlasting relationship of the two States North- and South. However, you need to advocate and advise the deaf Government of North Sudan to stop misusing the poor Missirah who mostly depend on cattle rearing in the Land of South Sudan.

    They were marginalised and they did not see the impact of it. Soon or later will regret if they are denied of their traditional grazing rights of their animals entitled to them by the CPA.

    NCP is at your fist now and you are going to crush it into smallest particles or powder that can be blown away by light winds.

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