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Bashir willing to quit ‘if the people don’t want him’

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January 25, 2011 (KHARTOUM) – The Sudanese President Omer Hassan Al-Bashir on Tuesday vowed to step down if he felt that the people do not want him.

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udanese President Omer Hassan Al-Bashir (AFP)

"The day we feel that the people reject us we will go out to them in the streets so that they can throw stones on us," Bashir told a rally during his visit to the northern River Nile state where he inaugurated several factories.

"We will not go outside Sudan [if a revolution breaks out] but we will be buried here," he added.

The Sudanese leader, who came to power through a coup in 1989, made reference to the toppling of Tunisian president Zain al-Abdeen Ben Ali this month after weeks of demonstrations that overwhelmed the security agencies in the country.

“We are the people of intifadas and people know this. We were never imitators” he said before extending congratulations to the Tunisian people and affirming his country’s support to them.

Bashir took an implicit hit at opposition parties by saying that the Sudanese people disappointed those who thought that recent government decisions increasing food prices would make them take the streets.

This is the second time the Sudanese leader mentions the Tunisian revolution in one of his speeches.

Ben Ali, who ruled Tunisia for more than 23 years, fled to Saudi Arabia \after weeks of protests. His departure resonated in other Arab states with restless populations and long-standing rulers.

People across the region have watched enthralled as events unfolded in Tunisia, an unprecedented spectacle in the Arab world, where authoritarian leaders can usually only be dislodged by army coup, assassination or their own mortality.

Arab rulers who for the most part been in power for decades appeared to be stunned by the turn of events amid fears of a domino effect in their own countries.

On Tuesday similar demonstrations took place in Egypt but a less wider scale than that of Tunisia yet still large by the country’s standards.

Opposition parties have warned that the Tunisian example could be repeated in Sudan particularly after the government decided to lift food and petroleum subsidies. They threatened to take the streets of the government does not reverse these decisions and open up political freedoms.

Already small protests took place in Northern Sudan over soaring food prices.

Bashir also reiterated his intention to enforce Islamic Shari’a law in the North after the inevitable secession of the South. He rejected views that it was the implementation of Shari’a that pushed Southerners away.

The independence vote caps the 2005 Comprehensive Peace Agreement (CPA) that ended decades of civil war between the mostly Muslim north and the south, where most follow Christianity and traditional beliefs.

Preliminary results show a near perfect vote in favor of the South’s independence.

"Secession has become a reality — 99 percent of southerners chose separation but we will not be mourning ... we will go to the south and celebrate with them," Bashir said.

"South Sudan separation will not be the end of history, but rather a new stage for building Sudan," Bashir added.

The North is wary over the loss of revenues from oil fields that are mostly in the South which could compound its economic woes.

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  • 26 January 2011 09:56, by omoni Atari

    Yes, i do not need you sir,
    hand yourself To ICC and explain to them why you killed,raped ,tortured maimed and cleansed Africans sudanese native in their own God’s given Land?

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    • 26 January 2011 11:07, by Wiyual Wech Puk D. Payol.

      It is a good idea for you to know that people of Sudan do not want you.You should step down.

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      • 26 January 2011 11:59, by Gatwech

        "Secession has become a reality — 99 percent of southerners chose separation but we will not be mourning ... we will go to the south and celebrate with them," Bashir said.

        I like that statement Mr. President. It is very good that you have confirmed the 99% of secession votes before the Commission’s offical announcement.

        Keep up with the good spirit President Bashir. You will be remembered in history as the Sudanese leader who peacefully allowed the South to vote and become independent.

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        • 26 January 2011 15:36, by gais juvan

          OOo la-la,
          You President Bashir, I think your decission of stepping down should be peacefull one and hands over power to next president of the Republic of North Sudan, the only thing you have to hand yourself peacefull to ICC and apolozise for the delay in handing over yourself to Ocampo, he may understand you and hung you without more pain.
          President Omar your right move should be seen, southern respect you for the recognisation of the referandum result that southerners voted 99% secession. Now is time to hand over Abeyi to south before you resign, other south sudan hope if in you to hand over Abeyi to them. Do not wait Omar with Abeyi issue, act now, otherwise Sadiq Al-M. may tripple you

          People’s Ideas,

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        • 26 January 2011 16:40, by Paul Ongee

          Thank you Omer Hassan Al-Bashir if you really mean it. The issue of your statement is that no any single Sudanese President or Prime Minister in Sudanese history stepped down before as you’re trying to make such statement for public consumption. They are often forced to do so but not willingly. Sudan does not, however, understand democracy besides coup d’etat. Sudan and its Arab world lack strategic thinking when it comes to democratic governance.

          Despite the various established research centers in Khartoum and Omdurman and across the Middle East cities for strategic studies, there is no any research on governance being often done and applied democratically in any Arab world country that you insist to be its ally. Imitation of Saudi Arabia or Iran is always the norm although political structure differs.

          Not like in the West, there are no any term limits of governance or elected democratic governments in almost the whole of Middle East or Arab world. Politically, Khartoum survives by imitation that if something works in Saudi Arabia, Qatar, UAE, Kuwait, Iran, or Pakistan it could even work out better here in Sudan though the political climate is totally different. That’s why you always see coup d’etats or political crises after another especially before or after elections.

          The political culture of every political party in the Khartoum-based government is essentially based on subjective competitive interpretation of Quran to make laws, marginalize, Arabize, Islamize, enslave, detain, torture, sentence and even hang/kill at his disposal.

          In addition, the political survival of any party or government in Khartoum is rooted in arbitrary arrests, house-arrests, detention with or without trial, torture and politically-motivated sentencing and killings. Any government must do that in order to stay in power.

          As you have been doing it over the last two decades and still doing it, why do you choose to be different from the previous Sudanese presidents/Prime Ministers now? What is the rationale behind it? Because nobody can make a coup against you?

          See, today the Tunisian President Ben Ali who attempted to project cosmetic democracy is in chaos followed by Lebanon, Algeria, Egypt, etc. Tomorrow the North Sudan under the promised application of a new version of Sharia law is certainly heading in that direction right after July 9, 2011.

          If you quit or go out to the streets to get stoned for admission of dissatisfaction with your regime, who will implement the promised version of Islamic law after the secession of the South Sudan after July 9, 2011? Please, don’t lie. I personally will never believe you.

          Paul Ongee
          Khartoum, Sudan

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    • 26 January 2011 13:25, by Covert

      No Mr. President, the people who don’t like you are on their way out, there is no point of you wanting to quit. It’s okay now, you can stay for twenty more years. Your people like you.

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  • 26 January 2011 10:17, by Tambura

    Mr, president I used to be your big enemy and hated you like nobody else in Sudan.But since you visit south when we were going to poll and you said you will respect the choice of our people, from that day I started to like you, even though you killed many of us, you also let us go and have our own country peacefully at first time in history. Your name will be respect in south Sudan and you will be always welcome. By the name of my nation Southern Sudanese we thank you very much.

    The next president of South Sudan
    Tambura

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  • 26 January 2011 10:20, by Luthern King

    Mr president .i would like to give little correct of saying that you want to quit if people don,t want you. Did you forgot what you had done to them,example of this issue are rape, murder and genocide , much more you have done to innocent people.
    You become headache to Sudanese too.it is up to you resign or stay with that political authoritarian of yours.
    MAY GOD BLESS SOUTHERN SUDAN

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  • 26 January 2011 10:30, by Garang Ngong

    You will be honoured and value by Arabs if you step down willingly, do not wait the same problem that happen to Tunsians President

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  • 26 January 2011 10:32, by Peter Elia Kuzee

    That is good president Bashir,it was the same people who put you in power are now problem to you, give them chance and see what will take place.Things always happen in that.

    The landlord,
    Go for medical check up, you are going mad, writting things only agenst your leaders and you want tribal confilict.
    We hat you like bashir.

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  • 26 January 2011 10:41, by Gat-khir

    Thank you Sir, we will welcome you and celebrate our independent day with us here in Juba. But take good care of yourself, those opposition parties will kill you before july 9. teach them a lesson before it is too late for you.

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  • 26 January 2011 10:59, by zol aweer

    Mr.president if you quit, it will pave way of everlasting peace in all corners of Sudan.We are tried of your falling and corrupted regime,you know this time a round Sudanese people gonna kick your ass out once South declare their independent in July.Your days are numbered, give chance to new face to governance this country, your fashion is over, please gooooo !!!!!

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  • 26 January 2011 16:02, by Namaa

    Quit, please do quite, what are you waiting for??? What will it take to make him quit, a petition, a revolution?? you name it we will do it!!!

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  • 26 January 2011 16:23, by Janafil

    It is late for you Mr president to resign this time! you better stay and wait for the South Sudanses whom you tortured for longer period, for them to be given OK by the ICC to capture you, bleive me it will not take us hours before you are captured, if you want, we will handed you over to gays people before you are handed over to ICC,don’t worry that is one of arabs practices.

    And to the emerging and already emerged rebel in Darfur, please keep on these arabs don’t know betteen what good what is bad
    , we gona show them what is bad and what is good!!

    South Sudan Oyee
    SPLM Oyee
    General Silva Oyee
    People of South Sudan Oyee
    Freedom Oyee

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  • 26 January 2011 16:34, by Paul Ongee

    Thank you Omer Hassan Al-Bashir if you really mean it. The issue of your statement is that no any single Sudanese President or Prime Minister in Sudanese history stepped down before as you’re trying to make such statement for public consumption. They are often forced to do so but not willingly. Sudan does not, however, understand democracy besides coup d’etat. Sudan and its Arab world lack strategic thinking when it comes to democratic governance.

    Despite the various established research centers in Khartoum and Omdurman and across the Middle East cities for strategic studies, there is no any research on governance being often done and applied democratically in any Arab world country that you insist to be its ally. Imitation of Saudi Arabia or Iran is always the norm although political structure differs.

    Not like in the West, there are no any term limits of governance or elected democratic governments in almost the whole of Middle East or Arab world. Politically, Khartoum survives by imitation that if something works in Saudi Arabia, Qatar, UAE, Kuwait, Iran, or Pakistan it could even work out better here in Sudan though the political climate is totally different. That’s why you always see coup d’etats or political crises after another especially before or after elections.

    The political culture of every political party in the Khartoum-based government is essentially based on subjective competitive interpretation of Quran to make laws, marginalize, Arabize, Islamize, enslave, detain, torture, sentence and even hang/kill at his disposal.

    In addition, the political survival of any party or government in Khartoum is rooted in arbitrary arrests, house-arrests, detention with or without trial, torture and politically-motivated sentencing and killings. Any government must do that in order to stay in power.

    As you have been doing it over the last two decades and still doing it, why do you choose to be different from the previous Sudanese presidents/Prime Ministers now? What is the rationale behind it? Because nobody can make a coup against you?

    See, today the Tunisian President Ben Ali who attempted to project cosmetic democracy is in chaos followed by Lebanon, Algeria, Egypt, etc. Tomorrow the North Sudan under the promised application of a new version of Sharia law is certainly heading in that direction right after July 9, 2011.

    If you quit or go out to the streets to get stoned for admission of dissatisfaction with your regime, who will implement the promised version of Islamic law after the secession of the South Sudan after July 9, 2011? Please, don’t lie. I personally will never believe you.

    Paul Ongee
    Khartoum, Sudan

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    • 26 January 2011 18:04, by Victory

      Hahaha el-bashir has fail to finish cooking the goat he slught from the beginning,he has run out of fresh ideas,look at mr, president is approching the people whether to quite,but el-bashir you forgot to return the 9 billion you had stolen from sudan,refund anything that has been lost from the nation of Sudan during you ruling period,then after that you are free to go.

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      • 27 January 2011 03:34, by Anyaardit

        Dear Mr President,
        we got sick of you would you please step down and let another fresh person take over b/c you been ruling for long time and i know Sudan has been in problem since.sudanese people get tired of you.
        By Mr.Anyaardit.

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  • 26 January 2011 20:59, by Marco A. Wek

    People are misreading Al Bashir wrongly, he means he is ready to die rather than running away if people decided they do not want him. And the reason is clear, he knows ICC will after him if he is forced out of power and the result would be like that of Sadam Hussein and with this in his mind, he rather die in Sudan than humiliated and die under the international court.

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  • 27 January 2011 02:36, by Jerie

    Mohammed Ali, where are you? Show your desire that you don’t like Bashir, like Southerners showed that they don’t like being part of north sudand

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  • 27 January 2011 05:38, by australian

    It was not so long ago that he was overwhelmingly re-elected despite his evident failure to make conditions favourable for unity in Sudan, despite hia actions in Darfur, despite the earlier war in the south, despite a vicious Security with outrageous powers.

    Now even you southerners love him? What does a man have to do in Sudan to be despised? You are very forgiving people!

    Yet he is just sulking - he is not asking for forgiveness or saying he wants to be a better person, a better leader.

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  • 27 January 2011 08:55, by parara na junub

    Mr.Bashir, it is a good idea for you to step down and

    surrender your self to ICC peacefully, Because I feel bad if

    your to be hunted in Sudan and hang like your Muslim

    brotherhood Saddam Husein for his misdeeds.

    lojaja

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