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|Chairman of the SPLM-DC|
|Minister of Cabinet Affairs of Sudan|
17 October, 2007 – Unknown
|Preceded by||Deng Alor|
|Succeeded by||Dr. Luka Biong|
|Foreign Minister of Sudan|
20 January, 2005 – 17 October, 2007
|Preceded by||Mustafa Osman Ismail|
|Succeeded by||Deng Alor|
|Transport Minister of Sudan|
March 1998 – 2002
|Born||July 15, 1950
Athidhwoi, Upper Nile
|Political party||SPLM-DC (since 2009)|
|National Congress (until 2002)
Justice party (2002-2003)
|Alma mater||Imperial College London|
|Allegiance|| SPLA (1983-1991)
|Battles/wars||Second Sudanese Civil War|
Lam Akol, or Lam Akol Ajawin, is a South Sudanese politician of Shilluk descent. He is as of 21 June 2020[update] the current leader of Democratic Change (DC) party, which he founded on 6 June 2009 as "Sudan People's Liberation Movement - Democratic Change". He is a former high-ranking official in the Sudan People's Liberation Army (SPLA), and subsequently became the Foreign Minister of Sudan from September 2005 to October 2007, when the Khartoum government offered the SPLA several other key ministries as part of a peace agreement.
Akol joined the SPLA in 1986 after having been a clandestine member since October 1983. In 1991 he joined Riek Machar and Gordon Kong to break from the SPLA and form the SPLA-Nasir. On 5 April 1993, after they were joined by William Nyuon Bany and they joined forces with another faction under Kerubino Kwanyin Bol, the name of their faction was changed to SPLA-United.
Akol was dismissed by Machar in February 1994 and became chairman of one faction of SPLM/A-United following unity with senior SPLA commanders who were under detention by orders of John Garang. He subsequently signed the Fashoda Peace Agreement with the government in 1997 and was appointed in March 1998 Sudan's Minister of Transportation, a post he held for four years. In 2002 Akol resigned from the ruling National Congress (NCP), and became a key member of the newly-formed opposition Justice Party. He, with most of his forces, rejoined the SPLA in October 2003.
In 2005 Akol wrote a piece detailing his role as a negotiator on behalf of Garang in the initiation of Operation Lifeline Sudan.
In October 2007, the SPLM withdrew from the Khartoum government; it demanded, among other things, that Akol be removed from his position as Minister of Foreign Affairs, as he was accused of being too close to the regime. The Chairman of SPLM nominated him as Minister of Cabinet Affairs which was confirmed on 17 October by President Omar al-Bashir, and appointed Deng Alor, a leading SPLM member (member of the SPLM political bureau) who had previously been the Minister of Cabinet Affairs, to replace Akol as Foreign Minister.
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