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No ‘Arab Spring’ will occur in Sudan anytime soon, Bashir says


November 23, 2011 (KHARTOUM) – The Sudanese president Omer Hassan al-Bashir dismissed speculations about a possible ‘Arab Spring’ in his country suggesting it is a far-fetched scenario.

Sudanese president Omer Hassan al-Bashir (R) and presidential assistant Nafie Ali Nafie (L) - SUNA

“Those who are waiting for the Arab Spring to come will be waiting for a while,” Bashir told the first day of the ruling National Congress Party (NCP) general conference.

He stressed that the Arab Spring in Sudan already took place through his bloodless coup which he led in 1989 against the democratically elected government of al-Sadiq al-Mahdi.

Bashir also revealed that the new cabinet will be formed in the coming days with what he said is wide participation from political forces.

The Sudanese leader said that the dialogue with political parties over the prior period will form a seed for crafting the new constitution.

But Bashir mocked those who talk about worsening economic political situation saying that they are the same ones riding luxurious cars, eating the best food and are safe in their homes.

He also vowed to crush the rebellions staged by the Sudan People Liberation Movement North (SPLM-N) in the Blue Nile and South Kordofan states.

On the economic side, Bashir said that his party is working on combating poverty, curtailing government spending and addressing economic conditions resulting from the separation of the south and loss of the vast oil reserves as a result.

The NCP general conference will discuss amendments to the party’s statute which are expected to generate a lot of debate.

Mustafa Osman Ismail, NCP foreign relations officer, was quoted by Sudan official news agency (SUNA) as saying that changes will include percentages of representation at the General Conference or the Shura, or at the state level.

He said that the purpose of this is reducing the rates of selection and increasing rates of the sectors that come through conferences. He added that the proposed changes reduce selection rates from 10% to 5% and elevation across sectors from 20% to 15%.

There will also be increases to participation rate of youths and women in party structures, Ismail said.


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  • 25 November 2011 11:23, by Brother Billy

    If the ICC fails to prosecute Bashir, then no need for them to still giving more arrest warrant to other people who may be fond doing war and other crimes against humanity in different parts of the world. If the first criminal is not taken, why the second and the third to be taken? Americans are just playing loosing the value of ICC by failing to implement their task!Hang this damn bashir!!

  • 25 November 2011 11:30, by Kodi

    Since when, the goverment of Bashir is going to change Sudan?
    Is there any other way for him to us in crashing down the rebels in Blue Nile and south Kurdufan? in stead he is the one to be crashed soon, unless all men in Blue Nile and SKS finish and turn to ash, but I belief the ash will still fight him back.

  • 26 November 2011 16:33, by Mohammad100

    Self deception often arises from the arrogance generated from the power of gums, but surely not from the people’s votes. Yes, each Nation’s political scenarios are different. But the bottom line remains the undemocratic means of climbing up to to the power, and declaring self as a president (?) for life, without allowing any legal/democratic challenges. That was/is what Sudan shares with others

  • 26 November 2011 20:11, by Good Citizen

    No Arab Spring in Sudan? Of course sudanese are NOT arabs, period. if they were, then the cases of DARFUR,NUBA MOUNT,BLUE NILE, would count as Arab Winter, Arab Summer, Arab Autumn and Arab Spring! this is the reality in sudan.it is not just ’Arab Spring’ but numerous seasons to bring about real change.just like south sudan did.they underwent many seasons.but all the 4 seasons may be shortened...

  • 26 November 2011 20:16, by Good Citizen

    All the 4 seasons may be shortened into an ’African spring, African winter, African summer,or African Autumn’.so Al Bashir must not think of Arab spring but African spring.period.

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