Seventh Front panel takes on the elections as S. Sudanese take to the polls

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The Seventh Front panel featured (from left to right) Dr. Jok Madut, Dr. Laura Beny, and Parek Maduot

(NSV) - The Seventh Front, a New Sudan Vision sponsored Sudanese diaspora panel recorded its fifth edition on Saturday, hours before South Sudan went to the polls.

The hour-long panel analyzed the recent decision by the Sudan People’s Liberation Movement, the ruling party in the south, to boycott the general elections at all levels of the north except for Blue Nile and Southern Kordofan and its implication on the future of the Comprehensive Peace Agreement and the exercise of the referendum on southern Sudan next year. 

The panel, which was moderated by NSV editor Mading Ngor, featured Dr. Jok Madut Jok, a fellow of Rift Valley Institute and a Professor in the Department of History at Loyola Marymount University in California; Dr. Laura Ahang Beny, Dr. Laura Nyantung Ahang Beny, a Professor of Law at the University of Michigan Law School; and Parek Maduot, a graduate of the University of Maryland at College Park and a commentator on Sudan with published articles in South Sudan online and print media and an active member of the SPLM in the diaspora.

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“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. This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it .  

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