Seventh Front panelists weigh in on the elections and the referendum in 2011

Women Union mobilized women to register to vote on November 10 in Juba (Photo by SPLM Today)

NSV - The two weeks-old Sudanese diaspora panel, known as The Seventh Front, recorded its second edition Saturday, in which panelists explored the effect of the outcome of next year’s elections on the referendum on Southern Sudan independence in 2011.


The panel, moderated by NSV editor Mading Ngor, featured former  SPLM/GOSS representative to Canada and present deputy SPLM national secretary for external relations, Mr. Peter Both and Sudanese commentator and SPLM member in the diaspora, Mr. Parek Maduot.

“Seventh Front” is a term coined by the late First Vice President of Sudan and President of the semi-autonomous Government of Southern, John Garang de Mabior to refer to Sudanese in the Diaspora. Garang declared the Diaspora as the ‘Seventh Front’ to acknowledge their growing roles and contributions in the struggle to bring about peace and democracy in Southern Sudan after the region endured decades of brutal repression from military regimes in Khartoum.

The Seventh Front assembles passionate and knowledgeable guests to assess the impact of current events as they unfold in Southern Sudan. The panel aims to arm citizens with credible information to keep their government accountable and effect positive change on the ground as Sudan approaches its first true multi-party elections in 2010 and a referendum on Southern Sudan in 2011.

Diasporans wishing to pose questions for the panel, either during the recording or through emailed questions are encouraged to contact the moderator at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..  You can listen to The Seventh Front, Voice of the Sudanese Diaspora here.


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