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Sudan’s NCP says that Bashir will not seek re-election in 2015

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February 20, 2011 (KHARTOUM) – The Sudanese President Omar Hassan al-Bashir will not run for re-election in 2015, a senior official in the ruling National Congress Party (NCP) said on Sunday.

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FILE - Sudan’s President Omer Hassan Al-Bashir, wearing a southern traditional dress, attends a protest with southern Sudanese people against the International Criminal Court (ICC) arrest warrant for him, in Khartoum March 7, 2009 (Reuters)

"[Bashir] announced that he will not enter the coming elections to compete for the presidency," Rabie Abdel-Aati, a senior National Congress Party official, told Reuters.

He said that Bashir had also offered to step down as head of the NCP, a move he said was part of a wider strategy to democratize the country.

"I can confirm, 100 percent, that Bashir is not going to run for president in the next election. He will actually give a chance to different personalities to compete for the position," Abdel-Aati told Agence France Presse (AFP).

"But he is not under pressure... This is not in the context of the change that is happening in the Arab world. It is happening because of the political strategy of the NCP to broaden participation," he added.

Earlier today, the Secretary General of the NCP’s Youth bureau Abdel-Moniem Al-Sunni told reporters that this is in line with the party’s proposed move of excluding anyone over 60 from the leadership and instead utilize their expertise in planning and legislating.

Al-Sunni denied that they have asked Bashir to step down saying they have nothing personal against him but stressed that the younger generations should have more representation in government.

"This issue is clear and was presented to the president during his meeting with the youths recently and Bashir asserted that he would lead these efforts himself," he said.

The NCP figure also denied that these proposed changes have any connection with revolts sweeping the Arab world lately that led to toppling deeply entrenched regimes in Egypt and Tunisia.

Another leading member of the ruling party also confirmed to Reuters the proposed changes.

"The president talked about placing a limit on the political retirement age to 60 years," said Hamid Momtaz, political secretary of the NCP’s youth sector who was at the meeting with Bashir.

"He said if these political changes happened within the party as he suggested then they would include him (Bashir)," Momtaz told Reuters on Sunday.

Other witnesses from the meeting earlier this week who declined to be named told Reuters that young NCP members berated the president over the level of corruption which had blighted the economy, and talks continued late into the night.

Momtaz said Bashir promised to form an anti-corruption commission, an organ to help graduates find jobs and to increase the participation of youth in the party and government.

"[These policies] would be a positive step along the right path and would help develop solutions to the current problems," Momtaz said.

While Sudanese officials sought to downplay the effects of events that are sweeping the region, many newspaper columnists including pro-government ones have warned that Khartoum must embrace reform to avoid the fate of rulers in Egypt and Tunisia.

Ordinary citizens watch with dismay the concentration of wealth among NCP loyalists and many believe that corruption is rampant within the government and ruling party.

Every year newspapers report that the inspector general complain to the parliament that government agencies refuse to open their books for auditing.

Last year, Bashir boasted his government’s record on corruption saying that the coup he led came with stringent controls to prevent it. He challenged to find any country in the world where the inspector general presents his findings to the legislative branch before the executive one.

In 2007, Bashir told BBC Arabic radio that Sudanese people get quickly bored by nature and that as such he wants to step down unless the NCP insists that he stays on.

In an interview with Al-Jazeera TV last month, he said that 26 years in power "is more than enough".

Sudan’s Bashir, who came to power in an Islamist-backed military coup in 1989, is the only head of state haunted by an International Criminal Court (ICC) warrant alleging his role in war crimes and genocide in Darfur.

He was forced to cancel appearances in many regional and international events after host countries asked him to stay away.

Despite this he managed last April to win the first multi-party polls since the 1986 election of the government that Bashir overthrew but were marred by accusations of fraud and an opposition boycott.

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  • 21 February 2011 10:00, by Peter Mading

    Does the Sudan constitution gives 6 years interval (2010-2015) for elected president to rule and be re-elected again? What a great lie? Is it the Reviewed Constitution of Northern Sudan that States so? Now lie to yourselves. It is all up to you.

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    • 21 February 2011 21:52, by Koang

      Politic is sure a dirty game, full of tricks.
      Let the bros in North gamble. it may be gunuine. No one knows.

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      • 22 February 2011 04:50, by superior Junibi

        Athor rebellion as South Sudan opposition parties backbone:

        South Sudan newborn democratic system was put to test last April when this nation held one of her first and very crucial election. Those of us who had never had a chance to choose their leaders did it for the first time and as a result, we were overwhelmingly excited. But we didn’t know we were getting cheated. Most citizens smelled hope and future as they prepared for the main event, secession vote. Unfortunately hope sometimes never stands when forces behind it have different agendas and or are devoted to personal interests other than national visions. The contents in this article contain facts that were obtained from legitimate South Sudan sources and author’s opinion. I am going to focus on why Athor rebelled? What did SPLM do to back fire his rebellion? Should South Sudan citizens support George Athor as their voice to change SPLM corrupt, undemocratic, and injustice system/practices?
        SPLM Tickets (Monkey Business)
        Last April election when well to well-wishers, but in reality was an outright mess. Most of these citizens pay little or no attention to how the SPLM so called Electoral Committee divided the movement and the citizens who gave all they had to protect this country. SPLM started to give endorsement or the SPLM tickets to few, before candidates had the opportunity to convince South Sudan citizens what they can do for them.
        Basically they elected candidates by giving them SPLM tickets before South Sudan citizens voted. All the current governors such as Taban Deng Gai Vs Angelina Teny, Kuol Manyang vs George Athor, and Malong Awan vs Dau Aturjong to mention few, were initially elected by the SPLM before we can cast our votes. So our votes didn’t even matter at the time even if we voted for Athor, Angelina, or Dau. So there were two elections, one by SPLM and second by us (citizens) just to show the international community that they let us voted. The current governors within all the ten Southern States were the anointed one!!!! This messy and tricky business came about as a fear factor from SPLM thinking they will loose most loyal SPLM candidates to opposition parties whom they didn’t trust. It was designed to block SPLM-DC candidates whom they expect might run for higher government positions. It turned out most of these candidates including George Athor were SPLM loyalist, most of whom protected the movement from birth. Ironically, they were playing with a double edged sword and they are about to cut their own throats with it. Isn’t South Sudan for all of us?? Does our government have to trust certain citizens and not others when they all did what was expected for them? We fought the NCP for this exact political treatment and God forbid it happened in South Sudan and SPLM did it!!!!!!!

        Let me provoke my readers. Put yourself in DAU, ATHOR, and ANGELINA’s shoes and ask yourself if that was you, what would you do??? I know some of you will say they will not rebelled, but let me tell you this fact my friends, freedom or change are not free!!!!!! Freedom or change took Dr Garang and SPLA heroes’ lives, Dr. Martin Luther king, and many more. George Athor might be on the right track. No sound minded Southern citizens could agree April 2010 election was a legitimate system South Sudan should install and use later in 2014 election. Some of you who are reading this piece will run for political offices later and I am sure you won’t want to face the same treatment. So, somebody got to correct this system and George Athor did the right thing.

        Politic gone wild
        Let’s focus by initially starting to provoke your thoughts on Angelina’s case. To those who don’t know who Angelina is; she is a wife of Dr. Riek, a number two man in South Sudan and in SPLM party. Normally as citizens we know when one of us runs the country; we expect him and his wife united, determined and committed to the party and the country at large. But in South Sudan it’s not like we thought it would hold. Angelina Teny, Dr Riek’s wife could not even get SPLM Ticket or endorsement in April Election from a party where her husband is a number two man in commend, till she had no choice but to ran as an independent candidate!!!!! The above mentioned example should by now have you thinking and raise more questions about who really is running SPLM then?? Are number one man (Salva) and the number two man (Riek) working together to safeguard our new born nation???

        SPLM and its electoral committee divided up its own members by appointing those they like and create a term for those they didn’t want as independent candidates. This plan was very tactical since they knew our population is not so far gone when it come to understanding politic. SPLM calculated that our uneducated citizens/voters will automatically assume independent candidates as none SPLM loyalists or traitors (Anyagats) coming from a character deformed SPLM-DC party of Dr. Lam Akol. Citizens took it exactly as SPLM expected and only informed few vote for independent candidates. In addition to that, they ridged the result to fully secure the anointed candidates. Their prediction combined with dirty hands made them won by 99.9%. I have never seen a country where human candidate can win with 100% if dirty hands were not counting the votes. This duress action was motivated by power hungriness. SPLM Elites have a very naïve thinking about Southern citizens that, we are the dumb majority and they are the smarter few who can manipulated us and lie to us so they can stay in power till they die.

        Some thugs within the SPLM party who are conspiracy theorists use SPLM powers to carry on their personal hate. Gier Chuang Aluong is a good example in this situation. This thug had carried out several stage executions of innocent citizens in Panyido, in Ethiopia. He was just in the came hunting for food and shooting people he don’t like in front of these kids so called Lost Boys while Goerge Athor was fighting the Arabs. That was a mere child abuse, and a crime against humanity. Now, he still has the same mentality and wants to use his personal hate against Gen Athor by using SPLM forces.
        Solution
        Well George Athor is proving them wrong. He will be known in our independent South Sudan history as a first person to challenge SPLM corrupt and undemocratic system. He will be known as the voice of opposition and a father of multi-party system in South Sudan. South Sudan should not have one tribal SPLM party who is run by one man and his gangs. I argue all the Jonglei people, NUER, DINKA BOR, DINKA NGOK, MURLE, and ANYUAK to support General George Athor as a father of all the opposition parties. Let’s put tribalism aside, and let’s look at this opportunity as a future change for our kids and yours. Governor Kuol Manyang is a close relative to me, but I am not going to chose family over South Sudan future. I am not arguing anyone to use force to support Gen Athor, but to rally for peaceful settlement and joined his new born to be political party. Jonglei, Unity, and Upper Nile States could be categorically the best states to have overwhelming support for new South Sudan Democratic party. These States are very diverse and contain larger population. SPLM party need someone to force them provide services to the people or else get voted out of offices come 2014 by SSDP candidates.

        George Athor needs to cease hostilities and joint the government of South Sudan but not the SPLM. South Sudan Democratic party (SSDP) His new political party will act as the main largers opposition party to SPLM .It will be supported by DINKA NGOK, NUER, DINKA BOR, MURLE and many Southern citizens who have a democratic will. Those who belief in a full participation of all the Southern citizens should joint hand for peaceful settlement of Gen. George Athor rebellion. All the opposition parties should joint Athor’s up coming SOUTH SUDAN DEMOCRATIC PARTY (SSDP). By doing so, Southern citizens who want to run against SPLM candidates will have hope and run as SSDP candidates. They will never be send away as independent candidates. They will debate with SPLM candidates till citizens pick them.
        Long live Democratic change with in South Sudan

        Author lives in USA and

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  • 21 February 2011 11:51, by Sudani Logik

    Mr Bashir

    You have disappointed your internet campaign officials such as Jalaby and Sam.Eto, they have been doing a wonderful job on behalf of the NCP on this website. Just make sure you accommodate them somehow.

    Yes, Bashir is shaken by the recent developments in the Arab world otherwise he would never had made such announcement, lets not kid ourselves here. Dictators should just be honest and call a spade a spade, Mubarak thought it couldn’t happen to him, now he’s a prisoner in a Red Sea resort, Ghaddafi thinks it can’t happen to him but watch this space. They’re all scared to death of people’s revolution.

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  • 21 February 2011 15:55, by Namaa

    Is this similar to the Egyptian frustrating episode of- Mubarak Stuck on the Presidential chair???

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    • 21 February 2011 20:28, by Janafil

      It is my freind!! let Arabs face it this time,this is the bloodshed of the Southerners working against them(Arab).

      And that is John Garang still fighting them,Dr. John was saying that this time we will kill Arab using Arab like what they were saying that Arab is killing Abit using Abit(african using Africans).

      See this Umar is saying he will not contest for election in 2015, that is alie he is suppose to resign now, his just moking the oppositions parties for what is happening in Libyia presedent not to haapen to him, I want to Advise these oppositions to continue talking against him.

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  • 22 February 2011 00:56, by Bor Fortunate Son

    Just another all news from Northern Sudan.

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  • 22 February 2011 02:31, by Peter Puoch Ruot

    You guy call this news? pathetic! he will never step down until he is forced out by coup or protesters like what is happening now in teh arabs world.he is just trying to devert the situation because the northerns youth are coming after him after Gaddafi is forced out from power in few weeks in Libya.

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