President Jeafar El-Nimeiry officially accepted the selection of Mr. Abil Alier as President of the?
President Jeafar El-Nimeiry officially accepted the selection of Mr. Abil Alier as President of the Southern Region Governing Council in Juba, southern Sudan, on Saturday (December 15th). The Council is the main prep of the self- government granted to the predominantly Christian south after the sixteen-year civil war with the Arab north ended early last year.
Mr. Alier was elected by the members of the Regional Council. Mr. Alier, who is also Sudanese Vice-President, hand been appointed when the council was set up in March 1972, but this was the first time he had been officially elected. President Nimeiry, who was visiting Juba, later received Mr. Alier and the council speaker, Mr. Lomari Lumba. In his presence, Mr. Alier took the oath of office.
The following day President Nimeiry officially opened a bridge at Kaja on the Sudan-Uganda border in the company of Ugandan President Idi Amin. The bridge has been named Nimeiry Bridge. After the President had cut the ribbon, he and President Amin joined in some traditional dancing. A large crowd attended the ceremony.
Sudan's transport links with Uganda are particularly vital since they are the main route for relief supplies to the south. The war left hundreds of thousands of refugees and a massive relief operation is still under way. Many of the supplies come through Uganda from the Kenyan port of Mombasa.