Sudanese presidency race to remove barriers ahead of south referendum

23:12, August 30, 2010      

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Sudanese Presidency, the highest executive authority in the country, is racing with time to remove barriers hampering organization of southern Sudan referendum, set for January 2011.

The Presidency, which brings together President Omar al-Bashir and his two Vice-Presidents Salva Kiir Mayardit and Ali Osman Mohamed Taha, approved early Monday a number of resolutions and arrangements to remove all the barriers for the referendum commission.

The Presidency directed for speeding up completion of border demarcation between northern and southern Sudan and formed a joint political committee to provide political and technical support for the border demarcation committee to implement its task on time.

The Sudanese Presidency further urged the international community to fulfill its commitments and promises to conduct the referendum and contribute in monitoring and ensuring an atmosphere that avails a free and credible referendum for all citizens of southern Sudan.

Sudanese Presidential Adviser Salah Abdalla told reporters that the joint political committee has submitted a proposal for the Presidency on tackling the issue of appointment of the Secretary General of the referendum commission and his deputy, pointing out that the Presidency has stressed on that proposal and thus resolved this issue.

"The referendum commission can begin its executive work as soon as all relevant procedures are prepared to conduct the referendum as scheduled on January 9, 2011", Abdalla said.

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