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Sudan opposition to hold key meeting as NCP warns of “narrow” political agendas

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January 4, 2011 (KHARTOUM) – Over 32 north Sudanese opposition parties will hold a crucial one-day meeting on Wednesday to discuss a set of agendas related to the overall political situation in the country as well as the upcoming referendum on south Sudan independence, in an effort to increase pressure on the ruling party to accept demands of reforms.

Meeting of north Sudan opposition leaders (FILE)

The headquarters of the Umma Party in Khartoum’s adjacent city of Omdurman is today due to host “the Sudanese Comprehensive Conference” which features representatives of the mainstream Sudanese opposition parties. The most notable participants are the Umma Party led by Al-Sadiq al-Mahdi, the Sudanese Communist Party (SCP) and the Popular Congress Party led by the veteran Islamis Hassan al-Turabi.

Meanwhile, the governing National Congress Party (NCP) in north Sudan says it has not been invited to participate, conditioning its recognition of the conference’s outcome on them being free of narrow political agendas.

The SCP’s senior member Sidiq Yusif said on Tuesday that more than 32 political parties would meet in Omdurman to embark on deliberations concerning a host of issues including the referendum, democratic transformation, the economic situation, the peaceful coexistence between north and south Sudan as well as Darfur crisis.

According to Yusif, opposition parties would issue a final communiqué of the meeting’s outcome and later hold a political rally to be addressed by leaders of the main parties.

Political tension in north Sudan has been on the rise as the semi-autonomous region of south Sudan prepares to gain full independence from the north in a vote due on Sunday. The vote was promised under the 2005’s peace deal signed by the NCP and former southern rebels SPLM, ending nearly two decades of north-south civil war.

Opposition parties accuse the NCP of failing to retain unity with the south and maintaining a stranglehold on political activities in the north amid worsening economic conditions and a continuous conflict in Sudan’s western region of Darfur.

The opposition demands the NCP, which dominates all levers of power in the country, to form a transitional government and enact constitutional reforms, threatening to adopt a regime-change policy if the NCP ignores their demands.

But the NCP has dismissed calls for a transitional government, saying opposition parties are only welcome to join the government as it is, without explaining how much power it is willing to give them.

The London-based Al-Sharq al-Awsat reported on Tuesday that the opposition parties claimed they were intending to invite the NCP to the meeting but the latter preempted the invitation by declaring its refusal to participate.

But the NCP’s political secretary Ibrahim Gandur claims otherwise.

According to him, the opposition did not invite the NCP despite the party’s “consistent commitment” to open channels of dialogue on all issues.

“The opposition has been planning this meeting for a long time and did not invite us despite its claiming it will not exclude any party,” Gandur was quoted by the pro-government website Sudan Media center on Tuesday.

Gandur said his party would only deal positively with the outcome of the meeting on the condition that they are free from narrow political agendas.

“We can deal with the outcome of the meeting in a fashion that satisfies everyone if we are to make sure that the agendas are free from narrow political and party-centered interests because they do not serve the interests of the wider country in the coming period,” Gandur concluded.

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  • 5 January 2011 07:46, by Deng E. Manyuon

    That is very interesting! Yasir Arman should keenly observe this latest development.

    Deng

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    • 5 January 2011 09:46, by Maguangdit

      Dear Deng E. Manyuon,
      Over the next few months, you will see or hear Northern Sudan is in chaos. These oppositions are extremely determined to subvert the NCP and its policies. They have realized that Southern Sudan is gone and situation in the North will be a second to hell very soon. Here, "secession is a fait accompli while unity is a lost cause!".

      There is no doubt, in my mind, that we will benefit from this turmoil in terms of the Abyei case; even Mohamed Ali, Jalabi (Abu Jalaba), and Unoriginal Sudanese" know that Abyei belong to Dinka Ngok. Mohamed Ali admitted here before in this website discussion. Now, Misserria are causing trouble now because they are pushed and backed up by the criminals of the NCP. Never the less, regime change may come with new policies that could realize the better relations between Southern and Northern Sudans rather than retarded policies of the lunatics of NCP.

      The best thing the Sudanese people, from North and South, should do now is to build a good relations, especially allowing the referendum in Abyei or administratively transferring Abyei back to Southern Sudan the same way it was transferred to Northern Sudan. Then, follow good relations as brothers and sisters since we have a lot in common though we know that Northern Sudanese (esp. Arabs) are untrustworthy people for us the Southern Sudanese. We should deal with their problems if we have our own country. (I know Mohamed Ali will call me I`m a racist since he doesn`t like me to use the word Arabs!).

      Failure to solve Abyei issue faithfully and borders demarcation is a sleeping condition that will lead us back to a border war that could even extend to cities like Khartoum and Omdurman by any means.

      These opposition parties wanted to eliminate the NCP and its membership and replace it with a government that will try to build relations with the SOuth Sudan because they know that without us, they won`t subsist indulgently or luxuriously as they did before when they looted our natural resources and killed our people as they did and are still doing in Darfur region.

      Omer Al-Bashiir himself will likly end up in the Hague if he can not accept a fair share of power with the opposition parties. However, I suspect he will die with some people in the North Sudan before he goes to the Hague for ICC trials over Darfur crimes.

      Alah Akbar, Alahahahahahahaha Akbaaaaaaaaar! Who is right this time? Religious imams (Turabi and his group) or political imams (Bashiir and his group)?

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      • 5 January 2011 17:51, by mohammed ali

        Mugangdit,

        I have never admit anything , and you can show me in any of my postings that I have admitted anything, just copy and paste for me here!

        I wonder what happiness or joy will bring to you if north Sudan went into chaos! Is it mere hatred! What benifit you will get if Sudan becomes hell.Is it only to quench your hatred!

        Remember these same senile and demented leaders with the support of SPLA were trying to bring change in the north.They couldn’t ! I want change, that is natural!But reast assured they will not be able and they are not capable to bring neither chaos nor change and they are not wanted!

        I think instead of indulging in hatred, it would be far better for you to focus and concentrate on facing the formidable problem facing your young states, they are tremendous!

        The habit of shying away from facts, wo’nt help!Yesterday you were denying the presence of Darfuri rebels and beating the drums of war , today Salva bravely diffused the unnecessary tension and moved us giant steps towards peace.

        Hatred will only burn the ignitor!

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        • 6 January 2011 01:03, by padiit gaga

          With out correction, no body must knows the different between bad and good. now south sudan corrects Sudan leadership which is villain and nepatism. All north sudan parties are now making correction for their deed as they know south will be gone in their evil acts.

          If the will not correct their leadership, the war in north must not end as it has started in Darfure, it will also start itself in east.
          Separation Wo yee.

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    • 6 January 2011 03:04, by Young Nation

      I suppose these Northern political parties are not meditating to stage a coup d’ tat reminicent to what Omar Hassan’s National Islamic Party did in June 1989 as a final resort to derail South Sudan referendum. This illusive political gambling will not materilize especially when one considers the waves of seriousness from Southern Sudanese and international community at large. Try and you will fail terribly because the gallant SPLA fearless forces are roaming few kilo meters from Khartoum.

      Young Nation is a graduate of International Relations and a student of Master of International Law at Sydney University, Australia

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  • 5 January 2011 15:29, by Paul Ongee

    Maguangdit,

    I like your conclusion, Alah Akbar, Alahahahahahahaha Akbaaaaaaaaar! Who is right this time, religious imams of Turabi and his group or political imams of Bashir and his group?

    Let’s hope that they do not go that far to wildly dance emulating Iraqi, Pakistani, Afghanistan and Somali style of suicide bombings and massive explosions on the streets of the tri-cities. NCP will obviously be forced to agree to some of the opposition demands to avert potential political crisis that would go beyond the tri-cities. I believe competitive interpretations of Qoran for formulating acceptable policy for governance shouldn’t be an issue this time but peaceful dialogue and mutual understanding are essential.

    Paul Ongee
    Khartoum, Sudan.

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  • 5 January 2011 21:36, by mohammed ali

    Paul,

    ((Let’s hope that they do not go that far to wildly dance emulating Iraqi, Pakistani, Afghanistan and Somali style of suicide bombings and massive explosions on the streets of the tri-citie))

    Obviously this is what you hope! Unfortunately this is not going to happen!

    If you are really in Khartoum you could see that there millions of Southerners who live there, and could be affected as well!I am 100% sure that you donnot live in Khartoum, because southerners who lived in Khartoum for ages donnot carry that weight of hatred and want to live in peace and see others living in peace!

    Obviously your blind hatred preventes you from seeing this,or you would not care as long as your hatred is quenched!

    What a morbid personality

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    • 6 January 2011 02:23, by Deng E. Manyuon

      Mohammed Ali

      I wish you a Happy New Year too. Sorry I could not able to wish you back on time.

      In most of your recent comments being posted here, you have made a reference to the presence of 3 millions of Southern Sudanese in the North. I wonder are you taking them as hostages for ransom or not? Modern Islamic ideology headed by Iran and Osama Bin-Ladin have shown us that. I think Mr Australian might be good to elaborate on this wave of Islamic ideology! Hostaging, abducting, murdering and bombing are order of the day and are evidently related to new Islamic revolutionary of which your NCP is a sympathizer.
      By the way, don’t count on population of Southern Sudanese alone. You need to count on population of Darfur, Nuba Mountains, Southern Blue Nile and Bijja. Because you’ve got problems and burning issues with them!

      On the other hand, it is not a hope of any wise and responsible Southerner to see another Somalia or Afghanistan scenes in the North. Mr Maguangdit and Mr Paul Ongee are only fearing that if the situation in Khartoum is not contained properly, it might lead in to chaos! Anything happening in the North, it affects us in the South. You are in our backyard brother Mohammed Ali.

      Dear Maguangdit
      I appreciate your comment. No doubt that the new born Southern Sudan state will have its challenges that it needs to deal with. Among them is the issue of Abyei. The NCP position on this regard is very clear to us. What is not clear brother Maguangdit is the position of opposition parties on Abyei issue.
      I hope brother Paul Ongee as an insider might have an input to the stand of Norhtern political parties on Abyei issue.

      Deng

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      • 6 January 2011 12:58, by mohammed ali

        Deng,

        Thanks and happy new year!

        I am not holding anyone as a hostage.These people came from one part of their country to the other part , for peace security and better life.Many of the have jobs and properties and there are over 60,000 students.Suddenly and sadly they found themselves forignoners.They are not willing or yet ready to go to the South. Some have nver seen the South.The dirty politics is going to make these people foreigners! It is sad by any measures and it is inhumane!

        You leaders in the SPLA are campaigning to get dual nationality and keep them in the north.They want to keep 2.5 millions in the north while they were claiming that thy were being treated as 2nd class citizents!They represent more than 25% of the population of the South.Though I am not supportive their repatriation , but if you think that I am holding them as a ransom, you are most welcome to take them and be capable to feed them, get them shelter, homes, education, meddical care and jobs!

        I don’t care about Iran or what ever you are talking about, but I do care about people in my country!

        The Australian is a typical white-man racist, unfortunately some people like to lick their shoes . I don’t

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        • 7 January 2011 07:23, by Deng E. Manyuon

          Mohammed Ali

          I don’t think many of them have decent jobs and properties as you put it brother Mohammed! Many of them are living in outskirts in the North and are struggling daily with pitty jobs to feed their families. They are also labelled by your successive governments as Internally Displaced Persons (IDPs). Yes I can agree with the figure of 60,000 students whom are in Northern schools and universities.

          You have also mentioned that you don’t mind for the repatriation to take place. But you causiously reminded us about real challenges which lie ahead with repatriation. Issue of shelters, education, jobs, security and health. The Government of Southern Sudan is acknowledging these challenges. It must act on addtressing them as soon as possible. But, let me make it clear here that these challenges have been facing these unfortunate Internally Displaced Persons (IDPs) for decades in the North.

          Moerover, I don’t think some like to lick white man shoes.
          I welcome white person support to my plight.

          Deng

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