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Gedaref governor says forced to resign by Khartoum


May 5, 2012 (KHARTOUM) – The governor of Gedaref state Karamallah Abbas denied that he resigned voluntarily as was reported by state media and the ruling National Congress Party (NCP).

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Former governor of Gedaref state Karamallah Abbas

"It was in response to a request by Mr. president, my leader, and as a Muslim I am required to obey the Imam with clout even if he is corrupt," Abbas said in an interview published on several Sudanese news websites.

Yesterday, Sudan official news agency (SUNA) said that Abbas submitted his resignation to president Omer Hassan al-Bashir who accepted it and appointed Al-Daw Mohamed al-Mahi as acting governor pending elections in 60 days.

It is not clear why Abbas would submit his resignation to the president rather than the Gedaref legislative assembly.

Abbas triggered a crisis this week when he abruptly dissolved his cabinet following a stormy meeting the day before with federal finance minister in Khartoum Ali Mahmood Abdel-Rasool.

The Gedaref governor has been complaining for months that the finance minister is blocking disbursements owed to his state since 2006 and has publicly expressed his dismay with the deadlock.

His remarks over the media has angered Bashir who said that Abbas should have gone through the official channels to express his grievances.

Abbas revealed that he met with First Vice President Ali Osman Taha on Friday upon his request and explained the crisis that forced him to disband his government.

The governor specifically mentioned Taha’s instructions that he be given 25 vehicles but which finance minister refused to implement.

According to Abbas, Taha blamed him for not reaching out to him over the issue and requested that he reverse his decision on the cabinet and go abroad on a "long" medical treatment trip.

"I asked him did you send the vehicles [I requested] to the state. He said ’No’. I told him you want to tell me submit your resignation? He said ’Yes’. " Abbas said.

The governor said he told the 1st VP that Khartoum has no way of removing him unless they declare the state of emergency in Gedaref but that he will resign at his request.

Nonetheless, Abbas described the official statement on him resigning voluntarily as a "lie". He added that no one in the central government likes him and that he trusts no one in the ruling party.

The governor suggested that he will run again in the upcoming elections as either an independent or on the opposition National Umma Party (NUP) ticket given his family’s traditional allegiance to it.

Should the elections be fair, Abbas said he will win a landslide victory.


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  • 6 May 2012 09:08, by Madina Tonj

    I think he has the right to disban the State’s MP because he has no money to pay them since the central government have failed in numbers of times then, there is no any option left for him but let them go. Obviously, Omar al Bashir will leave a big messed in North Sudan just like Saddam Hussein does in Iraq. Those greed dictators leaders want to dies while left nation in form of punishment.

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    • 6 May 2012 11:54, by daniell

      The governor would have express his complaint to Gedaref legislative assemble as Omar said it;yet he can resigned.this is a man who wants to do something to Gedaref state but he cannot obtain fundings that y he stepped a side; i reckon.

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      • 6 May 2012 14:53, by Louis Ocampo

        To Mr.Governor
        Take care of your life,Mr.Killer Bashir is gonna kill u too.

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        • 6 May 2012 14:56, by Louis Ocampo

          To hell with Racist,Rapist Bashir who is known by killing stealing of South’s oil.

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    • 6 May 2012 21:24, by Abraham Ayom

      Look the governor face,he is so worried as if, that mark the end of his life. this governor deserve to resign, where you not the one who declare the deadline against the truly citizens in your state to move out to south Sudan?

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  • 6 May 2012 09:20, by Dinka Dominated SPLA/M

    Abbas Forget about fair election, just take your gun and fight otherwise you will be dead in some days, the Gov. of Bashir’s corrupt as you said it, therefor they are eligible to get rid of you in anytime they felt threat, don’t be coward joint the marginalised Sudanese people who are being treat as second hand citizen in their own country.

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    • 6 May 2012 09:41, by Kurnyel

      Karamalla is a fool how could he act as if he is a president? you must leave our country if you don’t respect our consitution and obey our rules of law.

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      • 6 May 2012 19:04, by Panthouandbeyond

        Hey Kurnyel

        You are always in a wrong side of the history. This governor a full legal rights to resign.

        Panthou and Beyond

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      • 6 May 2012 20:37, by zulu

        You little stupid mosquito. How can he leave his own country for your sadistic blood sucking insects?
        the governor is a man and is not a stooge such as you to be used as political patron.

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  • 6 May 2012 09:50, by viper

    Mr Abbas should be careful those days from those wild islamist. His own life is now in danger for the first time in his life history. Please Abbas, try to ask yourself this question. Where is Zubeir, Shemshidin, Mojzub Al Khalifa, and how did they die? Please leave that upcoming election otherwise you will soon rest in peace (RIP) because you have unmasked the criminals

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  • 6 May 2012 12:17, by Tambura

    He should leave the state now if he care about his life, other wise he is dead mn walking....

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  • 6 May 2012 14:07, by Wadjon

    Karamallah Abbas: "as a Muslim I am required to obey the Imam with clout even if he is corrupt"
    Saint Paul: "Everyone must submit to governing authorities. For all authority comes from God, and those in positions of authority have been placed there by God." (Romans 13:1)

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  • 6 May 2012 14:47, by wet aweil

    you should have resign and rebel against this gov’t of criminals in khartoum ,you should also takecare of your life this time because otherwise those terrorists will force you to loss your life too.

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  • 8 May 2012 07:59, by southernempowerment

    Poor guy :( just run for your life man, your as good as dead in the north! other than that, heres a question; you have to obey a dictator because supposedly God put him there? i believe that contradicts the word "dictator"... All these rules of unfairness to the people, sorry but God does not work like that....

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