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Sudan’s NCP prepared to call for early elections: official


March 31,2012 (KHARTOUM) — The ruling National Congress Party (NCP) said it is willing to organise anticipated elections in the country stressing that this idea should be approved by all the Sudanese political forces.

Mustafa Osman Ismail

In the last national elections in April 2010, Sudanese president Omer al-Bashir, governors and the MPs were elected for a five-year period. But after the independence of South Sudan in July last year, opposition forces are demanding an interim government be established to prepare new constitution and hold new elections.

The NCP rejected the demand and expressed willingness to associate the main opposition forces in a national unity cabinet to prepare a new Islamic constitution. The opposition National Umma Party (NUP) refused the offer while the Democratic Unionist Party (DUP) is now part of the government.

The other opposition parties particularly the Popular Congress Party (PCP) of Hassan al-Turabi are not associated to this demarche. The latter is considered by Khartoum as an ally of the rebel groups who forged a coalition to topple the regime last year.

Presidential adviser and leading NCP member, Mustafa Osman Ismail speaking in a political meeting in Algolid, northern Sudan, stated that his party is ready to hold and contest new elections one or two years before 2015, the end date of the current mandate of the government.

"We can accept the anticipated elections if the other political forces consented the proposition and we reached an agreement on it," said the Sudanese official, pointing out the opposition is composed of two categories those who want to overthrow the regime and others who want to prepare for the elections.

He said the PCP and the Sudanese Communist Party are working with the rebel Sudan Revolutionary Front (SRF) to topple the government with the full support of the South Sudan. He further said these parties try to strengthen their position through unwise alliances.

"The SPLM deceived them in the past and now they are leaning on the ailing wall of the SRF," he stressed.

Sudan is fighting the old comrades of South Sudan’s ruling party - the SPLM - in South Kordofan since June 2011 and Blue Nile since August that year, but now Juba is seen as the main backer of the rebel SPLM-Northern Sector and its allies from the Darfur rebel groups.

Juba, which is holding complicated talks on the outstanding issues, is perceived in Khartoum as divided over the way forward in its relations with its northern neighbour.

Trying to give his version on the issue, Mustafa said South Sudan is ruled by two groups the first which is headed by Salva Kiir, wants good relations with Khartoum while the other group "wants to undermine security and stability in Sudan," he added.

He emphasised that he believes the second group is the most powerful and influential but said that his government is able to" thwart all their plans backed by the Western circles".

In Khartoum, the opposition parties which welcomed the four freedoms deal reached on 13 March are voiceless over the current tensions with the South Sudan.

The National Umma Party, which is member of an opposition alliance has said it is opposed to military action against the government and disapproves of the SRF plans to topple the regime.

This position affects its relations with the other members of the National Consensus (NCF) Forces which, except the PCP, do not support the SRF. The NUP - the largest political party in the NCF - is experiencing difficulties with smaller parties over issues related to the structure of the opposition alliance.


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  • 1 April 2012 10:04, by wad balad

    Dear NCP,

    It is good to call for early elections at this time to prove yourself in governance. And even tho ur not an ideal goverment for sudan but u have my vote and the majority of the sudanese vote because you keep the SPLM and the other rebels in check when they step out of line. Security first then everything follows.

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  • 1 April 2012 10:15, by Dinkawarrior

    Haha haha hahaaai! They’re skipping their false creation! Shame on you NCP, you’re the cause of everything in Sudan and now you try your best to ran away! it better for you to solve it before you saying anything. Sooner rather than later, the SPLM-N Warriors are on the ways to kick your butts.

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    • 1 April 2012 10:19, by Northern Sudanese

      ahahahahahhaah keep dreaming Dinkawarrior

      you have been saying this crap for a looooong time...........

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    • 1 April 2012 11:20, by Chok Deng

      Ealy burial,ICC,Evacuation of Sudan or elections are none of our business but don’t pointed your cursed fingers on Southerners,otherwise we will unite with SRF and chase away fake Arabs and Islam in Sudan.Then Sudan will be free from confusions of fake Arabs and Islam,and African tribes will remain in Sudan for ever and ever Amen.

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  • 1 April 2012 10:41, by viper

    Who told this drunkard Mustafa Osman Ismail that the ruling party in the South is divided into two? We are one and that is why we are stronger than before. This idea of dividing SPLM into Awlad Garang and Awlad Kiir will not work again. Kiir is the father of all these groups who are now paining the Khartoumers

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    • 1 April 2012 16:58, by Konan


      Janopeen are divided and will remain divided forever, learn from your x-maters/occupiers and go for early election. In our country foreign agents and traitors never win. Enjoy ur marisa jar and daydreams. No oil flow through North or food supplies.....starve to death bastard.

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      • 1 April 2012 23:32, by zulu

        If Sudan is master of itself, it would have not called itself an Arab state because Arabs in the Sudan are atleast .5% excluding you. A master does not beg for money and noramlization of relations with USA, mor beg for money from the Arab Samaritan purse, a master governs his house with honesty, not repression, and religion is not your problem. It is social, economic and political.

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        • 2 April 2012 07:55, by Konan

          Zulu, being an Arab doesn’t mean u must be white. There is no race called Arab. According to Prophet Mohammed (PBUH)"The Arabism of anyone of you is not from your mother or father." i.e. it is language and culture not race, anyone who speaks Arabic is called Arab. Based on your argument Egyptians, Libyans, Algerian, and Moroccans are not (Arab) although they are white.

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          • 2 April 2012 08:42, by Daniel Buolmawei

            Konan, a master is someone who know him/herself. You are faked, lost human beings. You do not know your identities.

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          • 2 April 2012 08:47, by Daniel Buolmawei

            What an idiot. Are you a white man now since you write and speak English? This is the foolish justification I ever read in my life.

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            • 2 April 2012 09:34, by Konan

              Daniel Buolmawei,

              U retarded, sub-human and monkey-like Jangi, no need to prove it, I know ur sick and shallow mind doesn’t allow you to understand this high level argument. U have nothing neither history nor future a fake state full of lost, confused, racist and disoriented people.

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  • 2 April 2012 08:29, by Daniel Buolmawei

    "Mustafa said South Sudan is ruled by two groups the first which is headed by Salva Kiir, wants good relations with Khartoum while the other group "wants to undermine security and stability in Sudan,"

    Idiot. He tried to be smart hahahahah. Copying the street lanaguage of Garang’s boys and Kiir’s boys. Well, let tell you, we recognized John Garang for job well done, and now we are behind Kiir---

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  • 2 April 2012 08:35, by Daniel Buolmawei

    100% (percent). No one will be able to divide us this. The southern militias are just lost parasites who have no support everywhere in South Sudan.

    And by the way do not pay attention to this idiotic call. This is an idea created to divert the attention of Sudanese and distract them. It is just to claim down people from Khartoum who are fearful for their lives and want to uprise against the —

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  • 2 April 2012 08:37, by Daniel Buolmawei

    Government. Khartoum will never give up power. The only solution is to topple the regime.

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    • 2 April 2012 10:49, by Morthon Akol

      I do agree with you my friend but to topple the regime in Khartoum, and after that what next? we need to find a solution because the issue between S. Sudan and Khartoum will not stop if the issue of Nuba, bule Nile not finish. the Question her is why the Reble in the North still holding the name of SPLM and still using the same flag? that make confusion some time the SPLA N can make un attack.

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