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Sudanese president urges supporters to use Facebook to overcome opposition

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February 8, 2011 (KHARTOUM) – The Sudanese president Omer Hassan Al-Bashir has called on his supporters to use Facebook in order to overcome groups that are opposed to his rule.

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Bashir made the call during his visit to North Kordofan state on Tuesday where he inaugurated a power plant.

Sudan official news agency (SUNA) cited Bashir as instructing authorities to pay more attention towards extending electricity to the countryside so that the younger citizens can use computers and internet to combat opposition through social networking sites such as Facebook.

This is the first call of its kind by an Arab president since a wave of revolts spread across the Middle East leading to the downfall of the 23-years old regime in Tunisia and forced the Egyptian government to loosen its grip on the power and make unprecedented concessions.

In both instances, Facebook and Twitter were among Internet social networking services used by protesters to share information and coordinate activities. Mobilization for similar uprisings are underway in other Arab states such as Yemen, Algeria, Libya and Syria.

This week Syria lifted its long-standing ban on Facebook and YouTube in an apparent bid to stave off any potential unrest.

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

Shortly afterwards a senior official at the ruling National Congress Party (NCP) headed by Bashir revealed that they have been closely monitoring and analyzing anti-regime Facebook pages and reached a conclusion that it has limited participation consisting mostly of users stationed abroad.

Sudanese officials have insisted that revolts in Tunisia and Egypt cannot be repeated in Sudan because of the freedoms and openness enjoyed by citizens in the country.

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  • 9 February 2011 07:30, by Dito

    Good enough Ngundeng predicted the emerge of facebook as the tool for arousing unrest in Sudan and in Arabs world.
    Bashir can do more to reverse the prophesy.

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    • 9 February 2011 08:17, by Liberator

      To: Dito

      Shut up! what do know about Social networking and Cyber- Security in general?

      To: OMER AL BASHIR;
      you either signing your overthrow’s certificate or you’re trying to tracked all the domestic opposition groups who are using facebook. Either way you just signed you death warrant buddy!!

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    • 9 February 2011 14:16, by Mapuor

      What a big lie.Brothers,dont use the name of a person who was once renowned to be a prophet in things that he never dream of.It is good to tell those who fear computers,that it is high time to be computer literate,unfortunately,non of them will get this message.

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  • 9 February 2011 07:54, by Mr. Long John

    Bashir,

    Keep up to the agreements contained in the CPA and no doubt you will have a brilliant future. Your legacy will be more than any leader that has been before you.

    Your clear leadership style is being converted into fake prophesy by some folks. Don’t be discourage if you happened to read such comments but carry on with SPLM Leadership and all what you did starting from the signing of the CPA through to the implementation phase is counted on you.

    Thanks to President Omar Al Bashir and his Ruling Party-
    NCP, thanks to President Kiir and his ruling party- SPLM. My entire thanks to the multitude of the wise South Sudanese population for their uniform voting for a peacfull end to the war with Arabs.

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  • 9 February 2011 07:57, by DASODIKO

    Haaaaaa, If you infact follow the cebers you will feel shameful to make such stupid statements. Those who supply you with the latest are also ignorants.Curse on you Bashir; a man who lies to himself and believes his lies.

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    • 9 February 2011 08:23, by Victory

      Bashir:-if you cannot overcome the opposition on the live show,dont think you gonna overcome it through the cyber!

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  • 9 February 2011 08:29, by Aleu

    The next massive protesting agenda will go to North Sudan after Egyptian show down then, follow by Libya nation which have been rules for 42 years since I was not born and I am getting Old now. The dictatorships leaders in Middle East and Africa must understand that, the world is changing, because everyone want to know how the others world are doing things and they try to take that system too.

    There will be no rest for dictatorship people in the world, although it appear the Saudi Arabia nation is become another heaven for dictators people to run in to Saudi Arabia and hidden themselves. There will be a democratic governments even though the VP of Egyptian denying democracy that, they are not ready for democratic government they will soon understand if the people willingly to change the Old leader and elected young people who are uniquely with others world and are able to know what the people are looking from their leader.

    Seemingly that, North Sudan oppositions are not going to fear what so ever the NCP will do for them, but to fights to remove those members of the NCP who led genocide happen in their watch. One of the two North Sudan could remain as a tiny one way or others regions may break away, this is why the NCP are saying, there will be more oil open in the North Sudan in 2012, this is another way of fooling North Kordofan people and South Blue Nile so that, they will stay with North Sudan later on there will be a big surprising of Finance crisis will be witness in North Sudan. South Kordofan people and South Blue people have the choices to make it now, but don’t be fool by Khartoum government because there is nothing new in North Sudan’s leadership everything same Old system and same Old rules that let Southern Sudanese people to choose independence.

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    • 9 February 2011 09:31, by Peter Mading

      Leaders like Bashir do not have enough time to browse the websites. If he does then that is a miracle. He could not just urge his supporters to use facebook to overcome oppossition. Use of facebook is what is outraging the Islamist ever long lasting regimes. The world is changing and they are not accepting change. That sweet in power is what others want to feel test of it.

      Bashir, take care. You should not advise your supporters to use wrong steps in supporting you. You better use Southerners to support you if you resolved their problems with the North during these remaining five months.

      By so doing you will have another 21 years more to rule and die in power. It could be a good miracle to die while in the office and be taken directly to your palace or Dictators’ cementary for your dignified burial.

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  • 9 February 2011 13:32, by LuisPastor

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