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Sudanese Prime Minister Sadek Mahdi told Parliament that he will resign in a week unless the armed forces give him a free hand to form a new government and work for peace in southern Sudan. Mahdi made the threat hours before a deadline, given him by Sudan’s officer corps to introduce reforms, expired. The officers are exasperated by setbacks in the war with southern rebels and the collapse of a peace plan late last year. Meanwhile, the rebel Sudan People’s Liberation Army announced it had captured the key southern garrison of Torit.


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