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Nafie shrugs off opposition boycott of constitution talks


February 21, 2012 (KHARTOUM) – A ruling party official in Sudan has downplayed the decision of some opposition forces to boycott discussions on the country’s new constitution, saying it will not impact national consensus.

FILE - Sudan’s President Omar Hassan al-Bashir (R) with his advisor Nafie Ali Nafie in Khartoum on Nov. 24, 2011 (REUTERS/Mohamed Nureldin Abdallah)

Sudan’s ruling National Congress Party (NCP) has initiated discussions on a new constitution for the country following its breakup in July last year when South Sudan declared independence.

NCP officials, including President Omer Al-Bashir, have indicated that the new constitution will be purely based on Islamic Shari’ah law to reflect what they believe is the homogenous nature of the country after the mainly-Christian south seceded.

The vice-chairman of the National Congress Party (NCP), Nafie Ali Nafie, on Tuesday revealed that he held a meeting with officials of the political parties that are represented in the government to the end of discussing how to move forward in drafting a new constitution.

Nafie said in statements published by the official news agency (SUNA) that the ongoing dialogue with political parties on the new constitution had reached an advanced stage and discussions are now expected to move to the point of how to form the constitutional committee.

However, the hard-line NCP figure said that the position of the Popular Congress Party (PCP) of the veteran Islamist Hassan Al-Turabi, and the Sudanese Communist Party (SCP), on boycotting the discussions does not detract from national consensus.

The SCP and the PCP in particular appear to be the most committed opposition forces to the goal of regime change through popular uprising.

The National Umma Party (NUP) of former Prime Minister Al-Sadiq al-Mahdi has refused to join the “broad-base” government formed by the NCP last year but Al-Mahdi maintains mild criticism of the government and says he prefers dialogue with the NCP.

Nafie described the regime change rhetoric of the PCP and the SCP as mere “dreams and illusions.”

The NCP has largely escaped the contagion of revolts that toppled long-serving regimes in Sudan’s Arab milieu in 2011. However, the party is grappling with increased dissent due to worsening economic conditions and perceived corruption.

Malik Agar

In a separate subject, Nafie also downplayed the selection of Malik Aggar as a leader of the Sudanese Revolutionary Forces (SRF).

Aggar, who is the chairman of the armed opposition Sudan People’s Liberation Movement North (SPLM-N), was elected on Monday as President of the SRF which comprises his group plus three rebel factions from the country’s western region of Darfur.

The declared goal of the SRF alliance is to topple the Sudanese government through armed struggle.

Nafie said that Aggar’s election bears nothing new and suggests that Darfur groups were being marginalized within the SRF alliance.

SPLM-N fighters have been fighting government forces in South Kordofan and Blue Nile state since last year.

Aggar was the governor of Blue Nile until he was sacked by Al-Bashir following the eruption of the conflict in Blue Nile in September.


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  • 22 February 2012 07:33, by Tera meki

    Hi Guys, i don`t mind if the topic is related to the article or not.
    shameful to what is so called Slave-woman(spla dominated Dinka). All southerners have known Dinka very well, please do not turn your bad behaviours to Nuer.
    Nuer will kick out your husband Salva Kiir Mayardog and you Dinka dominated slavery but Kiir Akot will not be killed, because Nuer does not kill leaders like Dinka.

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    • 22 February 2012 07:46, by Dinka Dominated SPLA/M

      Tera meki
      Stupidity is not a crime so you are free to go.But you need to get some education,
      You are poor, stupid, dumb, wicked, oaflish, nyagat and uncivilised son of a man who is curently under our amnesty,

      So i don’t talk with street childeren with no education background,

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    • 22 February 2012 07:46, by 4Justice

      I believe Dinka dominated Idiot is a Arab agent provocateur masquerading as a Dinka to incite ethnic hatred. Or he could be just a useful "idiot" these are some of the all too familiar tactics by forces of evil. Dinka Idiot doesn’t represent Dinka on Sudan tribune so ....plse relax for now.

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      • 22 February 2012 08:08, by Dinka Dominated SPLA/M

        Go and bark to your mother, I am Dinka From Warap and my mother from great intelligent Dinka Bor, so among this two powerfull Dinkas, where do you think i get your vocabulary called masquarding from?

        I left better living in UK and come back to fough the war of freedom, fought with my brother who has been drive by love of foods,

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  • 22 February 2012 07:41, by George Bol

    The long term serving SPLA commanders generals Malik Aggar, Abdel Aziz, and Yasir plus the marginalized Darufians in the Sudan will afford to silence the Khartoum. The SPLA military strength under DR John Garang and the other long-term commanders has served the South and will trully served the other left marginalized people in the North. SPLm/A oyee

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    • 22 February 2012 07:53, by Dinka Dominated SPLA/M

      George Bol i am an army officer dear brother however this SPLA of today is full of food lover who are full of cowardic blood which were not there during the war,

      last month, Riek puot nyuon ask Kiir if we have not to help SPLA/M N, but guess what? he almost got kick out since Kiir told him to stay the hell out of SPLA army,
      ’Stay out of army’ Said LT Gen Kiir to Nyagat Riek,

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      • 22 February 2012 08:50, by 4Justice

        Ahaa, yes I knew it, I Knew it, I knew, I have the spirit of God, Thank you lord! either of your parents come from "BOR" It reminds me of Abel Alier, I leave it like that. Dinka Bor Dominated idiot was raised by his demonic Dinka bor mother. As a dinka I am ashamed by your stupidity you are the son of Satan.

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        • 22 February 2012 11:33, by Dinka Dominated SPLA/M

          You are very useless streed child,
          If you could maybe ask single mum called anglina the former wife of Riek Machar, she could tell you who was the best Dinka family in United Kingdom, leave alone that you compare your poor and uneducated family of yours with mind,

          I am from well civilised background leave alone that i took my time talking with poor and uncivilised ppl like you,

          shame on you

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        • 22 February 2012 12:06, by Tera meki

          Hi Guys,
          Look at Khartoum arson, nincompoop and slave-woman the so called Dinka Dominated (evils) slavery of Arabs.
          i know his background, He is not true Dinka this is why he always put Dinka and Nuer into conflicit.
          Dinka Dominated spla/m means house-wife to Bapiny Monytuel and Omer Bashir in Khartoum.
          how can i listen to slave? from poor family, that name Nyagat is equivalent to you.

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