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Sudanese president says Turabi’s followers are involved in JEM coup


June 15, 2008 (KHARTOUM) — Sudanese president Omer Hassan al-Bashir accused an Islamist opposition party of involvement in the attack perpetrated by the Justice and Equality Movement on the Sudanese capital last May.

Hassan al-Turabi

In an interview with Al-Jazeera TV broadcasted on Saturday, President al-Bashir described JEM as "the military wing of the Popular Congress Party" (PCP) led by Hassan al-Turabi, the Islamist leader and his former mentor.

Al-Bashir said investigation with the rebels arrested after the foiled coup revealed that PCP elements were involved in the 10 May coup. He added that Turabi had been summoned by the security service to interrogate him about links of his party with the rebel group.

Following difference between the Sudanese Islamists over the future of the regime ten years after their coup d’Etat of 1989, al-Bashir sacked Turabi from his position as speaker of the parliament in 1999 and banned political activities f his followers. Khalil Ibrahim and other leading members of JEM are seen as Turabi’s adepts.

Despite the denial by JEM leaders of any link with al-Turabi, the ruling National Congress Party still considers JEM as part of the Sudanese Islamist Movement and al-Turabi party particularly. Earlier this year, Turabi and Bashir started talks on the reunification of the movement before the next year elections.

But the talks failed due to NCP intransigence to include Khalil Ibrahim in the deal. According to reliable sources JEM leader asked — among others — the position of the Vice-President of the republic, a matter that Khartoum rejected.

Turabi animated by his desire to unify the Islamist movement in the country didn’t take in consideration the firm opposition of his lieutenants who deem that the Islamist movement has no interest to link itsself with the NCP.

On May 12, the Sudanese security service arrested Hassan al-Turabi and more than fifteen leading members of the PCP. Turabi was released twelve hours later; but the rest of the PCP members are still under arrest.


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  • 16 June 2008 08:54, by factual guy

    On hearing that President Bashir has accused al-Turabi of JEM attempted attack on Omdurman, my intestines immediately experienced a great trek in a direction that I can’t trace and my heart had a nice traditional dance of the tribe I can’t recall.

    I therefore presage Bashir not to induce sleeping lion into tribulations. If PCP and JEM all together with SPLM joint hands against your compound eyed NCP, do you think you will survive?

    Should you fail to reach peace deal on Darfur issue as soon as possible, then your life and the party, NCP are at risk. Please! do what is necessary before ‘Aug 10 2008’.
    Otherwise this is a ‘sacred’ to you.

    • 16 June 2008 10:22, by Mabor Yiel

      An empty barrel makes more noise. Bashir, you have today accused your mastermind al Turabi of backing the JEM! What a ridiculus! I hope it should have happened. Khartoum has nothing to render to the people of Sudan and it should be use as a pit latrine where all wastes product should be pour into.

    • 16 June 2008 11:44, by Michel Fleury

      I wonder that you wonder!
      Because it is not a breaking News.
      It is wellknown in all the embassies and the medias that JEM is a creation of Torabi.
      And Ibrahim Khalil was formerly with the Islamic current.

    • 16 June 2008 21:26, by Maganydam


      Lobing in the simple activities of the kind can’t raise your diginity,please. Solve Abyei, Darfur and CPA and your prestige will shine and shine forever upto paradise.
      Your killings will lead you to hell or you may lay besides Saddam in grave for celebrating blood of innocent civilians is a life curse.

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