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From Darfur, al-Mahdi reiterates support for ICC


Al-Mahdi speaks at troubling public meeting held in Nyala on 1 February 2020 (SUNA photo)
February 1, 2020 (NYALA) - In a troubling public meeting held in the capital of South Darfur on Saturday Sadiq al-Mahdi, head of the National Umma Party (NUP) Saturday repeated his call to hand over the ousted President Omer al-Bashir to the International Criminal Court.

Al-Mahdi is touring the country to rebuild his party 30 after à military coup by the Sudanese Islamists who waged war and dismantled the social fabric of his main electoral bastion of Darfur.

However, on Saturday he had to confront a group of youth who chanted slogans against him and termed him as a "liar" and "sectarian" before asking him "where is the peace?"

In return, the NUP leader devoted most of his speech to respond to the criticism of the youth. He pointed to his alliance with the Sudanese Revolutionary Front and the Paris Declaration of 2014.

"The chants of our sons do not bring peace, but rather lead to chaos," he further stressed as he was keen to stop his supporters from quarrelling with them.

This is not the first time that supporters of some armed groups seek to foil the meetings of political leaders in Darfur.

In September 2019, an FFC delegation had to cancel a meeting in El Fasher the capital of North Darfur after hostile chants against them by supporters of some armed groups.

Nonetheless, the veteran political leader recalled his position on the war crimes in Darfur and repeated his call to hand al-Bashir over to the Hague based court.

Al-Mahdi stressed the need to hold accountable "whoever violated the people’s honour, stole their money and killed them".

In his first press conference after al-Bashir’s ouster on 27 April 2019, al-Mahdi called to hand over al-Bashir to the ICC.

"This is what the families of the victims demand, and requires the normalization with the international community," he said.

The armed groups in Darfur region also call for al-Bashir trial at the ICC.

In what seemed as an electoral platform, al Mahdi also vowed to work to restitute the rights of the war-affected displaced and refugees, to address the economic crisis, achieve disarmament and tribal reconciliation.

The NUP Secretary-General al-Wathiq al-Birair, for his part stressing that his party made major concessions for the sake of the nation, and called on the FFC groups to work to make the goals of the revolution a reality.

"But we reject any nominations for governor that do not represent the ambition of the concerned state," he said.

The NUP leader recently called to give his party the majority of state governors recalling that his party won the parliamentary majority in the last free elections of 1986.


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  • 3 February 00:43, by Fathi
    • 3 February 00:48, by Fathi

      This fool needs to go away. Sadiq al-Mahdi is a loser that failed to achieve peace with the south and failed to keep us united. He failed in the transition after the Sudanese people removed Nimeri. His failures led to a military coup, 30 years of brutal dictatorship, and secession of the South. We all know he was buddy buddy with Bashir too. Corrupt traitor.

      • 3 February 00:57, by Fathi

        This loser has been living off the false so-called messianic Sudanese mahdi’s name his entire life. Go see how big this guys house is. Don’t tell me he isn’t corrupt. After all his failures he still has the audacity to have the governors appointed from his party?? We need to send his ass into exile.

  • 3 February 06:12, by Fathi

    They should demand for Bashir to be hung in Sudan. The ICC is a joke. The ICC will never cause problems for white people. In fact there have been no ICC indictments against a single white man who could be proven to be equally culpable in war crimes, crimes against humanity, or genocide.

    • 3 February 06:16, by Fathi

      It only targets governments that are considered adversaries of west. The only time it targeted an ally of west, Israel, it immediately got a backhand from the US. I believe the US threatened sanctions against the prosecutor lmao...

      • 3 February 06:19, by Fathi

        We need an African Criminal Court not some bullshit ICC. Bashir needs to be tried and hung in Sudan. Let it be a message to anyone who ever rules Sudan again. If Bashir isn’t hung then ICC should be considered.

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