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Sudan’s Bashir skips South African’s ANC centenary celebrations


January 6, 2012 (KHARTOUM) – The Sudanese government announced that president Omer al-Bashir will be unable to attend the celebrations in South Africa of the ruling African National Congress (ANC) 100th anniversary.

FILE - Sudan’s President Omar Hassan al-Bashir (R) and South Africa’s President Jacob Zuma (L) meet after Zuma arrived in Khartoum July 8, 2011 (Reuters)

Bashir‘s adviser Mustafa Osman Ismail will instead lead the delegation of the ruling National Congress Party (NCP) to Johannesburg, according to the pro-government Sudanese Media Center (SMC).

Ismail told SMC that Bashir is unable to be present due to his pressing domestic commitments that coincide with the celebrations in South Africa.

Bashir is scheduled to leave for Libya on Saturday for a two-day visit during which he will hold talks with officials from the National Transitional Council (NTC) in Tripoli.

The presidential adviser said he will meet with South African officials and other delegations that will be attending the event.

South Africa has warned several times in the past that it will arrest Bashir should he visit in compliance with an arrest warrant issued for him by the International Criminal Court (ICC) on ten counts of war crimes, crimes against humanity and genocide he allegedly masterminded in Sudan’s western region of Darfur.

This was despite African Union (AU) resolutions instructing its members not to cooperate with the ICC in apprehending Bashir.

Celebrations for the ANC’s official 100th anniversary began on Friday and the main event is scheduled for Sunday.

ANC spokesman Jackson Mthembu told Voice of America (VOA), English to Africa, that more than 40 heads of state from Africa will join the Sunday’s festivities in Mangaung, Free State Province. The ANC was founded in the village on Jan. 8, 1912.

The ANC ended white minority, apartheid rule in South Africa and inspired people around the world after its long jailed leader Nelson Mandela was elected president.


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  • 7 January 2012 11:09, by Dinkawarrior

    Instead of President Omer Al-Bashit to attend the ANC’s anniversary, he want on his own way to see how muammar gaddafi Grave look like!

    Anyway, go a head and we will see how good is it!

    • 7 January 2012 19:42, by Equatoria dominated SPLM

      You are right man he will not attempt to go where all international communities are or ICC arest warrants which were issues against him.

    • 7 January 2012 20:20, by boycott sudan

      Thanks you for your advise Mr Dinkawarrior for what Al Bashir did of being not attended ANC.

    • 8 January 2012 00:38, by Darkangel

      Stupid dinka warrior only thinking of food and alcohol. Bashir’s visit to Libya guaranteed him and sudan billions of dollars worth of investment. His trip to South Africa was a party, the only thing he would have gotten was a headache.

      Only an idiot would attend a party over an investment opportunity. South Africa will do nothing for Sudan nor will Zuma and his eratomania.

      • 8 January 2012 01:16, by MR. BURDEN

        If i were a sudanese by citizen, i would either kill Bashir or commit sucide becoz, if my president doesn’t travel to other part of the world coz of those 10 crimes including crime agiast humanity than why do i honour a criminal leader.

        • 8 January 2012 07:38, by Stephen kuach

          good point!
          Bashir is not a good president otherwise he will be free like those leaders without being restricted or prevented for going anywhere,but the most islamist traumatized mind within the North always praise him for killing civilians.what kind of president who doesn’t travel abroad?

  • 8 January 2012 08:46, by Dinkawarrior

    Dark Angle!
    Your names and your ideas qualified you to be evil one; in Heaven and Earth we heard no such angles except Satan’s royalists like you. I believed you’re a darkarabized which is also known as a backstabber?

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