Seventh Front panel lauds South Sudan elections as a milestone

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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 South Sudanese diaspora panel agreed on Saturday that the recent elections in South Sudan were a step in the right direction and would provide a learning opportunity for the region which is preparing for a referendum on independence in January.

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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.

“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.

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