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Sudanese Islamist party leader signs New Dawn charter, blasts ruling NCP


January 31, 2013 (KHARTOUM) – The head of the Al-Wasat Islamic party, Youssef al-Koda, on Thursday joined the controversial New Dawn charter signed earlier this month in Uganda by Sudanese opposition parties and rebel groups battling Khartoum on multiple fronts.

Youssef al-Koda, head of the Al-Wasat Islamic party, sits next to the chairman of the Sudan People Liberation Movement-North (SPLM-N), Malik Agar, at the signing ceremony in Kampala, Uganda on 31 January 2013

The document, which aggravated the ruling National Congress Party (NCP), calls for toppling the regime and preventing the exploitation of religion in politics. The latter was interpreted by the Sudanese government to mean a call for establishing a secular state.

Some of the signatories including the National Umma Party (NUP), Popular Congress Party (PCP) and Sudanese Communist Party (SCP) later distanced themselves from the charter saying they were rushed into it and expressed reservations about some of its clauses.

The Sudanese government launched a fierce media campaign against the deal and detained some of the parties’ representatives who attended the signing upon their return to Khartoum. Some officials even threatened to ban and prosecute all parties that joined the agreement unless they officially dissociate themselves from it.

Al-Koda’s signing ceremony was attended by the chairman of the Sudan People Liberation Movement North (SPLM-N) Malik Agar, head of the Justice and Equality Movement (JEM) Jibril Ibrahim and other opposition figures.

Speaking to reporters afterwards al-Koda attacked the NCP accusing it of corruption and exploiting religion to stay in power.

"[T]hey [NCP] ruled all this time as if they were mandated by Allah and not mandated by the people," he said.

"This wrong understanding had terrible implications on public funds and the party had no segregation between its pocket and the government’s pocket....They wrongly thought after all this and their flawed beliefs that they were empowered by Allah," he added.

Al-Koda arrived earlier this week in Kampala to hold talks on the charter with rebel leaders who make up the Sudanese Revolutionary Front (SRF).

The joint statement signed by al-Koda and Agar stated that citizenship should form the basis of all rights without regard to religion, race, colour, ethnicity, political or geographical affiliation.

They also emphasised the need to guarantee freedom of expression and belief under the rule of law, an independent judiciary, democracy, peaceful transfer of power and establishing a federal system of governance.

Issues in dispute are to be deferred for more discussions and preferably in the context of a constitutional conference, the statement said.

Al-Koda’s move will likely provide a psychological boost to anti-NCP forces given his status as an Islamist figure. However, it may not have any material effect on the political dynamics in the country.

He had already announced this month that he is moving to the ranks of opposition wanting to overthrow the regime led by president Omer Hassan al-Bashir.

At the time Qutbi al-Mahdi, a leading NCP figure slammed al-Koda’s decision saying that this makes his party a secular one in alliance with the Arab Baath and Communist parties.

But al-Koda responded to these remarks on his Facebook page saying that "the duty of reform and change" is not limited to Islamic movement or Islam as a religion.

"I did not join the opposition to teach them religion or transform them from secularism to Islamic [ideology] and to start with this was not the issue, but the issue is how to rid the country from the grip of people who ruined [the nation] and hurt it in the name of Islam".

He also accused the government of prostituting Islam to extend its stay in power and questioned why the NCP’s meetings with the Chinese Communist Party are considered acceptable but not his alliance with opposition.

Al-Koda is considered to be a moderate figure who has been outspoken against Salafist hardline groups.


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  • 1 February 2013 05:11, by Ito

    Dear Readers,
    What the opposition groups are doing is wrong. There will be no Sudan without Omar Bashir. I am south sudanese but I believe that arabs modernise sudan. The best people to rule are the arabs. South Sudan is unable to rule itself because the leader is african....it was peaceful under Bashir. I am die hard splm but I believe that Yasir arman should be president of south sudan

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    • 1 February 2013 05:24, by Mi diit

      Some of Bashir’s boys are using South Sudanese names to confuse our comments on this website. Bravo for the agreement to topple Bashir. NCP is melting.

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    • 1 February 2013 06:16, by okucu pa lotinokwan

      Some Arabs are nowdays pretending to be a southerner in this website by also naming themselves Ito,with no well constructed sentences to hell with Ito or Too which means FOX.

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    • 1 February 2013 06:40, by Majongdit

      You make me laugh baby...I am going to tell my little boy to be sharing some views with you in this forum.

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      • 1 February 2013 06:48, by Majongdit

        Dear Ito/Jalaby,
        Lie no1, that you are a South Sudanese
        Lie no2, that there can be no Sudan without Beshir
        Lie no3, that Yasir be the President of S. Sudan
        Lie no4, Arabs are better leaders...imagine those of Saddam, Assad, Beshir, Gadaffi, Mubarak. All are tyrants of the 21st century.

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    • 1 February 2013 07:07, by mohamed mahgoub

      Mr. Ito how is it peaceful under Albashir! How u define peace? I’m not going to argue if ur southerner or northerner,but my questionis r u humane being? With values and agood up bringing and education the make ur brain in a good working order to make u say what u just said

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      • 1 February 2013 08:29, by sudani ana

        No you shouldn’t argue whether he is a northerner or a Southernors, because he seems to be playing the same game you and Observer are playing. Only that he is not very good at it.

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        • 1 February 2013 10:06, by Observer

          Sudani Ana
          And what game are your accusing me of playing?
          Oh I know the one where you accuse me of not being Sudanese but a S Sudanese. You think you know everything but you know absolutely nothing and your contiuing accusations at MM and myself just provee it- you and others keep clutching at fresh air about me.

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          • 1 February 2013 11:20, by mohamed mahgoub

            OB. I asked him before to prove that he is a sudanese ! In the first place ,hue ignored my quest! He knows very that when we say we r sudanese ,we have to take the purden of others look at us asking how come ur from acountry that its president wanted by justice for killing his own pple ,its govnt is most corrupted on in the planet , beside its failture to it unified ......long list....

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            • 1 February 2013 11:49, by Observer

              Yes they dont mind asking us to prove we are Sudanese but when you ask them to prove they live in Sudan- they either call you names, dont answer or go into some tirade.
              Jalaby and N Sudanese give themselves away by the time stamp on thier posts. When you look at the time of their posts ( given that this website is on French time) you can see that they can’t possibly live in Sudan.

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              • 1 February 2013 13:46, by Aaban

                Very sad indeed, didn’t I warned you long time ago that anybody who disagreed with blasphemous coward criminal Al Bendairya Al Dahmashya clan of blood suckers Jalain is subject to be called either southerner or traitor, so bad for those who sold their soul to evil.
                The airhead idiot once called me southerner, but fail to know that I have been protecting his evil power for so long killing innocent

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    • 1 February 2013 08:33, by Robot

      May thunder strike you sixty times!!!!!.. because i lack words to describe your pretense better thunder to strike you.

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    • 1 February 2013 10:55, by sudani ana

      I think you got your man terribly wrong but never mind we all make mistakes where human beings are concerned. It seems that the opposition forces place more importance to toppling the regime than keeping the unity of Sudan.

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  • 1 February 2013 07:06, by jwok

    Jalabi Jalabi
    Absolutely you was right when you said in your comment on the arrival of Mr.Yousif Al-Koda in Uganda on 28 Jan. 2013
    You said that Mr. Al-Koda is very strict and he only sees things whether black or white and he has no grey color even me I agree with you on this point ,
    But I think you was wrong when you said that he came to Uganda to make sure by himself this is so black,

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    • 1 February 2013 07:09, by jwok

      I think he came to make sure that this is so ‘ white ‘ , and he did it
      Now Mr. Yousif approved that this is so ‘’white ‘

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  • 1 February 2013 07:07, by jwok

    Not only that he accusing your criminals government of corruption and exploiting religion to stay in power, in other word they are Koffaaaaaaaaaaaaaaar

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  • 1 February 2013 07:08, by sudani

    Where is Jalaby? Al-koda is the man who can see clearly wether white, black or green Jalaby said. Now the man signed the new dawn. what next to mr. Jalaby? kill your self friend.

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  • 1 February 2013 07:58, by 4Justice

    Sudan’s president, Omar al-Bashir, the same man responsible for genocide in Darfur has turned his sights on South Kordofan and Blue Nile — slaughtering men, women and children and displacing hundreds of thousands of people.

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    • 1 February 2013 08:33, by wang

      President, Omar al-Bashir is days are numbers in the office brother. He will be hanging soon.

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      • 1 February 2013 09:34, by Paul Ongee

        Evil Spirit is already descending upon the Sudanese diplomats at home and at the UN, empowering them to contradict themselves. Messeriya lost voting rights in Abyei because they belong to the North and Sudan lost voting rights at the UN because they had other spending priorities rather than the UN dues. Oh God help these thugs understand.

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        • 1 February 2013 09:35, by Paul Ongee

          Sudan wishes AU to be always run by a Muslim President or leader rather than a non-Muslim one who disagrees with its evil plan of Arabizing and Islamizing Africa. Sudan has similar feelings towards UN leadership besides struggling to justify their spending priorities by committing war crimes in Darfur, South Kordofan and Blue Nile.

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          • 1 February 2013 09:35, by Paul Ongee

            People can never be all Christians or Muslims. NCP always dreams, believes and acts one-way traffic that all people should be Muslims. It is the plan of the same God that we worship in different ways or geographical directions who created us on this planet. The whole world would have been in unimaginable mess if all people were Muslims because of religious-related violence & suicide bombings.

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            • 1 February 2013 09:36, by Paul Ongee

              But the conflict in Darfur, South Kordufan and Blue Nile proved the National Criminal Party in Khartoum 100% wrong. Majority of the indigenous people are Muslims but being of African origin is a serious crime according to their competitive interpretation of Quran. Ironically, ethnic cleansing is taking place while the very African Muslims from West Africa are resettled there.

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  • 1 February 2013 09:35, by Lomiji

    Barking dogs that do not bite ! I am fed up of your fruitless deals that have so far been struck . You talk , talk , talk and when will you start walk walk & walk ? The suffering masses of The Sudan need to see you guys do something tangible like your neighbors the South Sudanese. Please strike while the iron is still hot .

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    • 1 February 2013 13:53, by Aaban

      Thank to God and this website for deleting this airhead kid comments, thank you very much, now I believe the web has it fair standing, nonsense are not allowed, so bad for those who sold their souls to evil I’m talking about this Jalain boy called jalaby, I hate the kid and if I know him. He would never be seen on earth,we lost a lot due to their evil power,

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  • 1 February 2013 20:02, by Pinyin Gatkuoth

    Please Arabs Bisher is a man like u, why u are so suffering for one man in N.Sudan. Just select the Young man who know the the right for people, let the old regime step down like what happen in Arab world.

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