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April 24, 2009 (WASHINGTON) — The Sudanese president Omer Hassan Al-Bashir will not be invited to the inauguration ceremony of the South African president-elect Jacob Zuma, according to news reports.

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South Africa President Jacob Zuma (AP)

The ruling African National Congress (ANC) headed by Zuma has an absolute majority in general polls paving the way for the parliament to elect him as the new head of state in an early May vote.

The UK based ‘Times’ newspaper citing unidentified South African diplomatic sources reported that Zuma indicated that Bashir will not be welcome at his inauguration on May 9, and that he could even risk arrest and deportation to International Criminal Court (ICC).

Last month the ICC judges officially charged Bashir for seven counts of war crimes and crimes against humanity making him the first sitting head of state to be indicted by The Hague based court.

South Africa is a member of the ICC and is legally obligated to apprehend Bashir if he lands on its territory. However under former South African president Thabo Mbeki it has taken a strong stance in support of Bashir against the ICC.

Mbeki is now heading an African Union appointed panel to resolve the row between Sudan and the ICC by finding other means to bring accountability while preserving peace stakes.

‘The Australian’ online newspaper said that the heads of state of four other states with “undemocratic” leaders from Madagascar, Mauritania, Guinea-Bissau and Guinea were also told to stay away from the ceremony.

The move by the powerful nation in the continent will deal Sudan a severe diplomatic blow after successfully managing to rally African nations on its side against the ICC decision.

It remains to be seen if South Africa will take a less sympathetic policy towards Sudan particularly with regards to the six year conflict in Darfur. During its term in the UN Security Council (UNSC), South Africa has stood against resolutions not approved by Khartoum including those on the peacekeeping force.

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  • 25 April 2009 06:07, by Akol Kiir

    So what, Zuma is a corrupt rapist, why should Bashir go to his inauguration? The ANC has ruined South Africa anyway, who are they to hold the mantle.

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    • 25 April 2009 07:00, by Acid

      Akol Kiir,

      Zuma might be corrupted and ANC might be failing party, but this man right this time. The idea of not inviting criminal is more presidential!!

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      • 25 April 2009 07:28, by manyok R

        The so called Akol Kiir, you must be a fake South Sudanese as your name suggested. Because all South Sudanese people here are anti- bloody criminal al Bashire, where did you get that filthy mouth of blasting right man who wants to support us by getting criminal president arrested. Stop that craps mr.fake Arabs who pretended as a southerner.

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        • 25 April 2009 10:57, by MonyBai

          Common Manyok R, read Akol Kiir’s comment properly. I think you didnt get what he said. He is on the same boat as you.

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          • 25 April 2009 11:03, by MonyBai

            Sorry Manyok R’s it’s me who is rather wrong because I read a different comment from that of Akol Kiir.

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        • 25 April 2009 17:32, by Covert

          Manybai and Akol Kiir just because you spelled your names that way would neither make you a Southern nor a Dinka.

          My name is Covert and that doesn’t make me an English person.
          You believed this site readers hold clown status as you are to assume you are what you said you are.

          Monybai defending Akol Kiir seem nothing less than the same person depending himself.
          Get over it you people (Arab) disgrace the name of Sudan.

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          • 25 April 2009 17:56, by MonyBai

            Hey, Covert my first comment was a mistake coz I didnt read Akol’s actual comment. Instead, i mistakely read someone else’s but I realised that about 10 seconds later and apologised for it.

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      • 25 April 2009 12:52, by pills

        Brother Akol Kiir,

        I’m astonished !

        What is wrong with such a courageous move from Mr.Zuma? Please let us support justice wherever it comes from.

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    • 25 April 2009 08:23, by Freedom Fighter

      Congratulation Zumma,

      Your win is the win for ANC,South African people, and indeed, it’s the win for entire oppressed and powerless people of Africa. While I appreciate your support for the Sudanese people I expect your more support towards ending genocide in Darfur and achieving everlasting peace and Democracy in the Sudan.

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    • 25 April 2009 09:12, by Tony

      Ooh Akol kiir! you are an adapted southerner who don,t know his own country,shame on you son of a bitch,don,t think that bashir will change his mind no,long time he rape your mother but this time it might be you, and and last you accept to be southerner you fool that were you wil be help.
      I know what is hitching you ,it is little money you grab from family government but it will end soon if you will not confess to they southerners.for those who talk are being monotor by our late hero so please take care you fool!
      enjoy in town but we are watching you in jungle as we started for you and you are enjoying it ,to tell you south Africa are right of doing so with reason or asked Bashir if he is fool you to go south Africa.

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    • 25 April 2009 10:27, by Wiyual Wech Puk D. Payol.

      well done Zuma,i hope you will deal with the problem inside the sudan caused by arab Bashir.congratulation by not allowing the criminal like Bashir to your presidential ceremony.down with Thabo mbeki and his arabs.he is called black African inner Arab.

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    • 25 April 2009 16:21, by babadit

      i don’t really understand what can of mind some of you have , remember you mioptic people who just want to follow el-Bashir to the cave will one time end up being victims.
      Mr.Zuma is right to refused Bashir from attending his inauguration ceremony and he may do so, he much be apprehended immediately.
      shame on you

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    • 25 April 2009 17:28, by Covert

      Manybai and Akol Kiir just because you spelled your names that way would neither make you a Southern nor a Dinka.

      My name is Covert and that doesn’t make me an English person.
      You believed this site readers hold clown status as you are to assume you are what you said you are.

      Monybai defending Akol Kiir seem nothing less than the same person depending himself.
      Get over it you people (Arab) disgrace the name of Sudan.

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    • 26 April 2009 11:17, by monychol makuei

      hey, Akol kiir i thougt you was a southerner, but i had saw you that you are not the real southerner, so please leave the southerners alone to write on this website.

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    • 26 April 2009 20:07, by jmnda me

      DEAR Akol Kiir: you don’t have to Cry about how we called you...you know who you are.also I am sorry for the killing of your brother in 1993 i hope he hadn’t lost his key.did he? if he lost his key! i don’t think you need to feel sorry for SPLA.but only feel sorry for your brother him self for miss handling his mjhdin/geanna key.Or the person who gave him a key.just for your information the SPLM/SPLA had never ever forced any one to join the army.You must be out of your mine to suggest otherwise.You must be stupid if you thought we were going to believe you.By the way. why didn’t’t they kill you.when you refused to join the army?what about the three million Sudanese who were killed by the northern Sudan army?have you felt sorry for the regime’ who commit a genocied aganist the southern/nuba/blue nill/ and now in darfur?you can call your self lam akoul or kir myar.it is not going to help.the change of name Alon is not enough.you need a change in your mentality./idelogculy.. attention.southern/new Sudan most of this language if not all.is used by our enemy just to Divide us.inother words they used southern names to manipulate our discussion.that is why i always advise you brothers.to be very careful when responding to such an tribalism attack.because our enemy can use some of our tribes name. to lanch an attack against another tribe.so that we can just keep attacking one another.my southern Sudanese brothers.let’s stop demonizing our self.you all know that we need one another.

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    • 27 April 2009 18:48, by Rambang

      Mr. Akol Kiir is just a brian-wash dude who can’t even differenciate between truth and a lie. Jacob Zuma is a political victim and that is why the case took such a long time. His political enemies are always trying to find a way of bringing him down but they always fail. What does Mr. Akol knows about South African which the South African don’t know? Don’t just listen to the opposition, they will never tell you the truth.

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  • 25 April 2009 08:09, by Kwaje D

    Congratulations Mr. Zuma for the victory.

    Inviting Al-Bahsir could be a big mistake and ruin to Africa. Anyone doubting the fact that corruption charges were brought against Mr. Zuma were politically backed should learn from South Africa election outcome.

    Akol Kiir, or what ever you can yourself, the name Kiir is a curse to Southern Sudan as we all witness the failed ruling here.

    Kwaje David.

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  • 25 April 2009 13:06, by Dinka Aliap Chawul

    CONGRITULATIONS TO ZUMA,ANC AND THE SOUTH AFRICANS PEOPLE; Why many of you are against each other about the rejection of Omar Bashir from Zuma`s inauguration cermony? since we`re gonna have ours in 2010 please let we(Sudanese) just organises our own elections and then stopping Zuma or anyone of your choice from attending inauguration ceremony of Sudanese president-elect....Bashir!!!??? because he/she is unfit,corrupts,rapees,democratics-undemocratic,genocidial ,indited etc.Dear ladies and gentlements let stops chasing weavil birds from other people gardens and let chases ours first before everything since i believed that this upcoming general elections in Sudan will be too embrassing to the Sudanese images at national and international level than what we`re already known to(war,tribalisms,Religious,autoritiarianisms,genocidials etc).AM SIMPLY SAYING LET ORANISES OUR OWN BEAUTIFUL ELECTIONS IF WE COULD

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  • 25 April 2009 13:36, by Toposa Boy southerner

    Go Zuma the new beginning for African
    NO to Albeshir the husband of Dinkas the most wanted Evil on the planet
    Go Zuma Go Zoma

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    • 26 April 2009 17:48, by makalier

      Ha! Ha! my lord help the cowards to think reasonably and asked themselves that when were we when Dinkas fought for nearly 21 years without looking back? In other words Dinkas should be the husband of al-Bashir and he knew and still know it properly brothers. I want all of you to forgive me for returning an email with negative words. it is only to whoever wrote it and not other arabs or southerners brothers. All arabs leaders who ruled Sudan before Al-bashir frequently dream about Dinkas. I personally appreciated our heros who devoted their lives of our future and I hope my generations will never forget their contributions. i also want arabs to know that we did not fight for our own benefits as Dinkas, but for all Sudanese who have be treat like shit without rule of laws in their own country. This included other norherners and they know us very much like money because we tell someone what he deserve to know and deal with it accordingly. it has always been this ways and I believes shall continous untll we achieve the equality of every sudanese citizens regardless of his or her tribes or traditional beliefs. Every nations should have these qualities and the country will prevails as needed.

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  • 25 April 2009 14:45, by abraham

    Oh boy!

    Calling Albashir a Dinka husband is an insult. please grown up and enjoy the freedom we have provided for you. Kapoeta is now free from Arabs, your mother will no longer wear goat hides as cloths and your damn father will no longer sits naked on nyachokulong with his testes soiling on the sand. why don’t you appreciates this much job we have done for you?

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    • 25 April 2009 18:31, by Mohammad100

      First of all I am not a Sudanese, but an African who was a student at Loka High School, and later studied at the University of Khartoum.

      I love my Southern as well as my Northern Sudanese brothers, even if I happen to take more of Southern Sudanese side in politics. Therefore, it is really hard to watch and read for me such condescending, degrading, and demoralizing insult being used against each other by the brothers who should have known better.

      So please, please in the name of the all mighty lord, stop such nonsenses. The beloved Southern Sudanese people need a role models for a better life, understanding of each other, disagreeing with out putting each other down in the mud.

      Peace Brothers!!!!!!!!!

      Mohammad.

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      • 26 April 2009 04:18, by Dengtaath

        Thanks Mumhamad100 for your advice:
        It is true that you have witnessed such unwanted languages used in this discussion forum by Southern Sudanese citizens, but evetually those feelings from individuals that reflects only hatred and are really degrading Southern image will get finish.

        Southern Sudanese are great people and Iam sure with out doubt they will restore love, brotherhood and sisterhood rather hatred amongst tribes.

        Thanks for your courage and God bless you

        Dengtaath

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        • 26 April 2009 07:59, by Lojo Grori Emmanuel

          Haahaaahaaa,
          this is yet the begining of show to Bashir,although he thought he is wiser than the international community. The ICC is not as easy as kill the help less citizens of Darfur, starting from South, Nuba, Blue nile, eastern Sudan and wanted to end in Western Sudan. Man your a President who is a looser. I know that Bashir him self knows how difficult his life is in this momens. He is pretending with his blind followers. Zuma’s message is loud and clear. I personally love it, and i think that is what he should getting, tought ones are on their way.
          Chaooooooooooooooooooooooo

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          • 26 April 2009 08:27, by Lojo Grori Emmanuel

            Oh my God,
            I cant believe my eye guys,did he call him self Akol Kiir?
            This guy must be hiding using Dinker skin!!!!!
            Any way, he knows its easy to maniplate the Dinkers and use them, as some one said that Bashir is a HUSBAN TO DINKERS,but not Southern Sudanese as whole. Its too bad that some people can be easily used by the Arabs. That is why some DINKERS are even ready to vote for unity in 2011.
            Too bad, for such people, becouse they will end with nothing when the time comes.
            By Lojo Grori

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            • 26 April 2009 17:26, by makalier

              Dear southeners.
              Why do you just wrote negative words that shall not take you anywhere. Just let those who does not want to write good write them and reply them with good words, so that they will understand that we are people of peace for the most parts. Unless we have no choice that is when we take up arm against our enemies. I personally believe that president elected of south Africa has a right to reject anyone he do not want to attend his ceremony without complain. I can do the same thing if I am an elected president of my country as well. Be nice to each other brothers and keep on voicing your opinions. However, not against the interests of your people in general and i am confidence some of you has and will represent south sudanese accordingly without any doubt on my side.

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          • 26 April 2009 08:28, by Lojo Grori Emmanuel

            Oh my God,
            I cant believe my eye guys,did he call him self Akol Kiir?
            This guy must be hiding using Dinker skin!!!!!
            Any way, he knows its easy to maniplate the Dinkers and use them, as some one said that Bashir is a HUSBAN TO DINKERS,but not Southern Sudanese as whole. Its too bad that some people can be easily used by the Arabs. That is why some DINKERS are even ready to vote for unity in 2011.
            Too bad, for such people, becouse they will end with nothing when the time comes.
            By Lojo Grori

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          • 27 April 2009 15:14, by Malou Riak

            Hi guys, It look people are not serous for Bashir’s case, why don’t Let him do it for fun. As days goes his days are numbered to an end wherever he shall be found likely to face the consequence of his wrong doers. how come Bashir should be alerted for telling media that "Sudan’s Bashir will not be invited to Zuma’s inauguration". why don’t just quiet and let him fall in hand of ICC to face the revange of the lost Darfurian as well as Southern Sudan in general.

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      • 26 April 2009 09:01, by jmnda me

        hi dear mohammad100; we are very grateful and humble by your comment.

        yes we have a very few number of people who sometime used such condescending, degrading, and demoralizing insult against each other as you sad. but i just want to bring to your attention. that most of this language if not all.is used by our enemy just to Davidde us.another words they used southern names to manipulate our discussion.that is why i always advise our southern Sudanese brothers.to be very careful when responding to sch an tribalism attack.because our enemy can used some of our tribes name. to lounge an attack against another tribe.so that we can just keep attacking one another.my southern Sudanese brothers.let’s stop demonizing our self.you all know that we need one another.thanks

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      • 26 April 2009 09:07, by jmnda me

        hi dear mohammad100; we are very grateful and humble by your comment.

        yes we have a very few number of people who sometime used such condescending, degrading, and demoralizing insult against each other as you sad. but i just want to bring to your attention. that most of this language if not all.is used by our enemy just to Davidde us.another words they used southern names to manipulate our discussion.that is why i always advise our southern Sudanese brothers.to be very careful when responding to sch an tribalism attack.because our enemy can used some of our tribes name. to lounge an attack against another tribe.so that we can just keep attacking one another.my southern Sudanese brothers.let’s stop demonizing our self.you all know that we need one another.thanks

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  • 26 April 2009 11:11, by monychol makuei

    How could a criminal person be invited to the real ruling African presidency inauguration, this could be repulsive to south Africa government, because these radical arabs are not doing the wright thing in sudan which is the land of orgional African. this land of cush is part of south Africa. this maniack arab could not be welcome to the real rulers inauguration. even if they not president in sudan please don’t welcome them at all. the death toll since 1955,caused by them until now nothing change. they are still killing us in away of means which is not going to prove unity in sudan. we are near to our referundom 2011, so we could join you in the ICC membership south African.

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  • 27 April 2009 02:10, by kuduhal

    You needs to shortup great supports of BASHIR and ZUMA on this web be,cause anything happening in south Africa has no help to sudan or southern sudan.

    Bashir is already clear that"he is wanted" and nothing should change this,whether he would be invited or not thexn the fact remain that he will be arrest at any time

    MA minus opportunity.

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  • 28 April 2009 09:54, by Joseph Dut Gak

    Bashir!
    Should not go and entertains where rules of laws is being practics and buying p’ple in the government is less an unimportance .

    Take care .

    Dut Gak

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  • 14 May 2009 04:30, by Samson Shawel Ambaye

    God be with President Zuma for being gentle anti- criminal man. The new generation of Africa must learn from President Zuma to stand up for the rights of the victims not for criminals like most AU false leaders who are digging to protect Bashir.

    The false AU leaders never escape from investigation and punishment of ICC for crimes they committed even if they with draw AU out of ICC’s membership.

    We have come to learn that AU is full of irresponsible barbarians who are living for their appetite. The proof for this is the recent move of AU to withdraw from ICC because of the arrest warrant decision against Bashir.

    If the criminal false leaders of AU member countries are thinking escape from the crimes they have been committing by simply withdrawing AU’s membership it is childish move because AU doesn’t have to be ICC member to punish the criminal AU’s pro food leaders.

    God is with ICC God be with President Zuma.

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