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Sudan’s Bashir says he doesn’t fear dethroning as revolutions sweep region

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February 13, 2011 (KHARTOUM) – The Sudanese president Omer Hassan Al-Bashir on Sunday reiterated that he is not fearful of facing the same fate of the Tunisian and Egyptian leaders who were thrown out by unprecedented popular uprisings over the course of weeks in both instances.

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Sudanese president Omer Hassan Al-Bashir (AFP)

Bashir and other Sudanese officials have gone on the offensive in the media to downplay suggestions that the country could face similar unrest giving reasons that ranged from having a situation where people are enjoying vast political freedoms with no corruption to being a country that implements Islamic laws contrary to Western and Israeli desires.

"We are not afraid, we do not prevent the people from expressing their opinions, but we listen to them and we want to hear their demands and their legitimate aspirations," Bashir told supporters at the inauguration of the Al Dabba-Argy bridge in the Northern state.

"We are with freedom for everybody...whoever stood with us or stood against us," he said.

He added that freedom is the basis and "driving force" to the nation and asserted that his National Congress Party (NCP) got "full authorization" from the people in last year’s elections.

The Sudanese president hailed the Egyptian youths who utilized social networking sites such as Facebook and Twitter to coordinate their mass demonstrations.

"We tell the youths of Egypt congratulations to you and also to the youths of Tunisia...the youth of Sudan is your reserve," Bashir said.

A political analyst speaking to Sudan Tribune in Khartoum today said Bashir’s statement today reflect a growing concern over the possibility of being ousted in a similar manner to his ex-peers in Tunisia and Egypt.

"The deteriorating economic conditions of people in Sudan is making Bashir and the NCP wary that one they wake up and find themselves thrown out. The recent events [in Tunisia and Egypt] proved that these things could materialize in matter of days," said the analyst who asked not to be named fearing retaliation.

"His frequent mention of Facebook indicates his fear of this tool he probably knows little about except that it managed to topple two powerful regimes with better international standing that Sudan. Bashir himself has a personal fear related to his arrest warrant [from the international Criminal Court," he added .

Sudanese youths attempted to stage mass demonstrations through Facebook last month but was met with little success as anti-riot police quickly managed to quell the protests and jailed dozens of the demonstrators.

This week Bashir instructed that authorities pay special attention to extending electricity to rural areas so that his supporters can utilize Facebook to counter opposition in cyber space.

Today he made another mention Facebook in his pledges for economic development.

"We will bring you internet, computers and Facebook as well," Bashir said.

The remarks comes contrary to those made by the leader of one of Sudan’s neighbors Muammar Al-Gaddafi who recently warned his people against using Facebook to disrupt security ahead of mobilization by Libyans to take down the streets.

Hadi Shalluf, a Libyan opposition figure living in Paris, said that Gaddafi is "terrified" over the prospects of an uprising in Libya.

He said that any revolt in Libya would not be as neat and bloodless as the ones in Egypt and Tunisia.

"Libyan educational standards and literacy rates are nowhere near those in Egypt and Tunisia so people would not deal with the regime in a civilized way. They will be violent," Shalluf said.

"The Libyan society is based on tribal affiliations and Gaddafi belongs to a small tribe so he had to threaten the other tribes with swift action should they take part in any demonstrations," he added.

The Libyan lawyer noted that Gaddafi’s sons control important political, security and economic organs of the state to guarantee the regime’s safety on top of the billions of dollars deposited in banks abroad in their names.

He said that the safest way for Gaddafi to avoid ouster is to step down and allow an interim government to take over to prepare Libya for democratic transformation.

However, he acknowledged that Gaddafi is unlikely to make any such initiative particularly in light of his public remarks in which he expressed disapproval with the overthrow of president Zain Al-Abdeen Ben Ali in Tunisia.

Jordan and the Palestinian Authority have both sacked their cabinets in response to growing street pressure observing radical changes elsewhere. In Yemen and Sudan the presidents have called on opposition to join in unity governments.

Ali Abdullah Saleh, who has ruled Yemen for 32 years last week promised to step down at the end of his term in 2013. This month also, the Iraqi Prime Minister Nuri al-Maliki called for a two-term limit to be placed on his office.

The Sudanese president has vowed in an interview with Al-Jazeera TV last month to finish his five year term but suggested that he would not want to go beyond that since he staged a coup in 1989.

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  • 14 February 2011 09:24, by Peter Mading

    Now the new chapter begins with the change of Arabs long lasting regimes to come to an end. George Orwel fiction becoming popular and an interesting literature that reflects Characteristics of Leaders of today.

    What a wonderful time of awakening the Arabs world begin to realize the Democracy as the right system of Governance?

    Mr. Bashir is not afriad because he is a leader of two well known traits:
    1. He is a warrior and a murderer;
    2. He is a peace binder and a tailor with scissor to cut the South and North Sudan. He is very unique in Sudan History.

    If i was mr. Bashir, i wouldn’t be afraid of any unprecedented Popular uprising that might occur and therefore, would appreciate the people for the period of 21 years they allowed me to serve.

    CPA is still holding and Bashir shall complete the remaining part of the CPA.

    Bashir you still have 5 months to rule.

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  • 14 February 2011 09:26, by oshay

    Bashir’s fate is sealed to doom like cowboy kiir’s fate is sealed for his criminal and looting way and so is the entire criminal dinka tribe

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    • 14 February 2011 09:33, by Dinka domanited SPLA

      nuer oshay lost son of bashir and riek machar death to you.
      you will just dance and talk but you are under the shadow of mighty DINKAS

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      • 14 February 2011 13:27, by Konybaai

        You are right my dear.Those whom expected Dinka to fall on bad things are completely wrong and they are not wise if am not lying.Why you expect your liberator to disappear when time of enjoys has come? shame on you those who that poor idea.

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    • 14 February 2011 13:13, by Konybaai

      Osah or othak is an other problem, good of him he is a fearful guy. othak you are right to have problem with Kiir because Kiir is a Dinka man where your mother was pregnanted as you are a man of two fathers and one mother. Osah may you learn how to comment in public, shame on you to aired out some irrelevents words which are not matching with statement.

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  • 14 February 2011 09:27, by Timsah

    Ya Bashir,

    We need you to connect electricity and internet in rural areas so that your ousting is fastracked.I now know that,after the ICC,the other thing that gives you sleepless nights and nightmares is the facebook.This social networking site will tople your ruthless regime whether you like it or not.The Sudanese need to unite,took to the streets and demand Bashir and his entire government to step down and let the opposition form a broad base interim government to steer the country through democratic transformations.The time to yield to these demands is now and the place is here.

    Timsah

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  • 14 February 2011 09:30, by Dinka domanited SPLA

    ahahahahah he is secare death to him
    will called death punshment aganist his fromer biyfriend riek machar teny dog who used to work for his will.
    dumb ass nyagat

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    • 14 February 2011 12:56, by Ito

      Bashir,

      The revolutions that are currently taking place in Arab world is an indication of rejection to the system of governance in Arab countries. Indeed, your government is not far from such a serious protest, the question is not about whether you are afraid or not, but it is whether you will sustain it upon its emergence. It is now upto your government to not hide like how they use to do in the past years. If you truly have a case to present or an issue to raise, then why not come forward and say it loud for everyone to hear; why beat around the bush.

      This kind of tactic is a doing according to the principle that the best defense to legitimate accusations and counter-accusations is attack. it thus will not take you anymore other than from your own chair in government.

      Yes, I congratulate the Arab people for their firm and candid stance towards theocratic system of governance in the arab world. Please keep up with such spirit of fighting for your rights otherwise you are far from getting any.

      thanks

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  • 14 February 2011 13:14, by Chanson

    Sir Bashir.Its now 22 years .since you took over the control Of the power.And still electricity didn’t reach to some part of the country within the north (rural areas).Now! you want to fool them again by saying that you will bring them computers and facebook.Sir for your information if you don’t know how to use facebook.Facebook can not be brought but you just register if there is nework.So stop cheating the rural people by saying I will bring you facebook.Any way go on with your business.

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