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Bashir to be sworn in amid limited international participation


May 26, 2010 (KHARTOUM) – The head of the Sudan’s ruling National Congress Party (NCP) and incumbent President Omer Hassan al-Bashir, will be sworn in on Thursday for a new five-years term amid limited regional and international participation in the ceremony.

So far only the leaders of Eritrea, Ethiopia, Chad, Djibouti, Central African Republic, Malawi, and Mauritania have either arrived or confirmed attendance.

The Libyan Muammar Gaddafi was a notable absence despite earlier assertions by Sudan that he will be present in his capacity as the rotating president of the Arab League. Also the Arab League Secretary General Amr Moussa has dispatched his deputy because of a reportedly scheduling conflict.

Egypt a strong ally and neighbor of Sudan sent its defense minister Mohamed Hussein Tantawi rather than the president or prime minister.

Sudan official news agency (SUNA) quoted foreign ministry spokesperson as saying that they only extended invitation to neighboring countries only.

Last year Bashir earned his status as the first sitting head of state charged for war crimes by the International Criminal Court (ICC). The indictment has hampered his travel and limited his contacts with Western officials.

ICC judges told the U.N. Security Council on Wednesday that Sudan was protecting ICC suspects rather than arresting them, a move aimed at increasing pressure on Khartoum.

As well as Bashir, former state minister of humanitarian affairs Ahmed Haroun and a militia leader known as Ali Kushayb face ICC arrest warrants.

The United Nations is sending its top two diplomats in the country, despite calls from rights groups worldwide. On Tuesday the Secretary General of the United Nations Ban Ki-Moon defended the decision saying it is done for operational reasons to support a “critical mission”.

“This is not more than that. What they are doing is not more than that, they are doing exactly within the framework of their mandate” the top U.N. official said.

The Italian news agency (AKI) quoting unnamed sources said that the European Union (EU) will be present at the inauguration “on a local level” and “at the lowest representation which will be a clear reflection of the European position towards Bashir”.

The EU supports efforts by the ICC to bring Bashir to justice but is also keen to maintain dialogue to ensure the 2011 referendum in South Sudan is conducted peacefully which is also similar to the U.S. position on the matter.

The southern vote on independence is set for Jan. 9, 2011 and is a key focus of the international community, which wants to avoid a return to bloodshed and is keen for the former foes to agree on issues like the north-south border, along which much of Sudan’s oil wealth lies.

Last week the U.S. based Human Rights Watch (HRW) criticized EU inclination towards sending a delegation to the ceremony.

“The EU has a common position in support of the ICC, and the EU has regularly denounced Sudan’s failure to cooperate with the ICC’s investigations and to execute pending arrest warrants” said Elise Keppler, International Justice Program senior counsel at Human Rights Watch.

“The EU can’t have it both ways,” Keppler said. “It should be consistent in its efforts to bring justice for crimes committed in Darfur.”

Reuters said that Britain and the United States will not even send their heads of missions, who are both out of the country. They will follow protocol and send diplomatic representation to the ceremony, the embassies said.

The ceremony before parliament on Thursday follows Bashir’s election one month ago with 68 percent of the vote. The poll was marred by opposition boycotts and allegations of widespread fraud.

Bashir’s party and allies also won around 95 percent of parliamentary seats in the north, giving them more than the required two-thirds majority to make changes to the constitution.

The former southern rebel Sudan People’s Liberation Movement (SPLM) won most of the southern seats, around 20 percent of the total parliament. South Sudan President and SPLM leader Salva Kiir is in talks to form a government with Bashir.

Bashir is the longest serving Sudanese leader since taking power in an Islamic-military bloodless coup in 1989. But he has overseen peace deals in the south and east as well as a short-lived accord in Darfur.


The two major Darfur rebel groups today decried U.N. and E.U. participation in Bashir’s inauguration ceremony.

“This amounts to legitimization of Bashir’s farce elections and an endorsement of the acts of killing and genocide he committed all these years against the people of Darfur and documented by the whole world” said Abdel-Wahid Al-Nur leader of Sudan Liberation Movement (SLM) from Paris.

“We want the international community to support the work of the ICC and its prosecutor Luis Moreno-Ocampo. Turning a blind eye to justice for short term political gains will not bring peace to the country” Al-Nur added.

“We have seen this strategy only resulted in more bombardment and murder of civilians in Darfur because there were no consequences for that and Bashir and others believed they could get away with it,” the rebel chief said.

The official spokesperson of Justice and Equality Movement (JEM) Ahmed Hussein Adam said international participation is a “slap on the face to the people of Sudan who reject president Bashir and a breach of the moral values of the United Nations”.

He also accused the international community of appeasing Khartoum to secure a smooth transition to the 2011 referendum.

“This encouraged Khartoum to continue destruction in Darfur, tighten grip on security and implement draconian measures to restrict political association, freedom of expression and press freedom as we have seen lately” Adam said.

“In fact attending [Bashir’s] inauguration encourages him not to even carry out the referendum” he added.

All attempts to iron a peace deal in Darfur have failed and a new wave of violence has hit the region reflecting the collapse of Qatari sponsored peace talks this year.


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  • 27 May 2010 06:09, by Angelo Ajiech Manyuat

    President Bashir, you really humiliated Sudanese people. How you feel now when the head of States you have invited to turn your inauguration ceremony turn down your invitation.

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    • 27 May 2010 06:40, by Padiet Gagag

      Bashir doesn’t know that he did some wrongh against humanity,however, those who formed human right organization still watch what they have written. Bashir have been leaded sudan since 1989 he started murdering as his first job to scare people who might run for his position. his learderships doesnot poised the right of sudaness people.

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  • 27 May 2010 08:02, by Sudan virus

    Haaaaaaaaaaaaa ! why not respond to the inaguration of our best president of Sudan you international community?

    You see Bashiir is goodyyyyyy. You are bad people.

    President Gaddafi-absent.
    president Hassan Mobarack-absent,
    Arab league secretary- absent.
    President barack oboma -absent.
    President Ahamid Abodamazin -absent.
    President Yeweri Kaguta Museven -absent.

    Woooooooooooooooooooooo Sudan!

    We do not care. after role Sudan is strong.

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  • 27 May 2010 08:13, by telfajbago

    Those manner less African head of states attending this ceremony are either poor, oil-money hunger Presidents (can’t you see that Abdalla waat looks like somebody exhumed from his grave) or they themselves committed crimes against their own people. Iam sure most of them will return back to their countries with suitcases full of Dollars. Shame on them. Soon Al-Bashir will be indicted with charges of genocide please do not forget to come back for his funeral before the demise.

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  • 27 May 2010 09:00, by Peter Majok Chiengan

    Let brothers from the north see this because they use to call them selvies (ARAB) & all arab cuntries presidents they just sent ministers like eygpt (Minister of Defence) and some of them thy just stay in thier cuntries.
    You just look at this and you still calling your selvies (ARAB)

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  • 27 May 2010 09:44, by DASODIKO

    Haaaaaaaa, hahaah, Ohu, Ohu, Ohu, I am chooked to death to read such story. Where is Bin Gasim of Qatar and Mubarak+ Omru Musa? Black Arabs are exposed! What a pitty!!!!!!!! Now Sudanese Arabs will know the value of mirrors.

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    • 27 May 2010 13:52, by david kong paul

      It makes no sense to attend an inauguration of a criminal, like Bashiir.

      Those heads of states who attend they do it for the sake of getting a few bundles of Dollars.

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    • 27 May 2010 14:14, by ethiopia

      Dear readers

      It’ was an alcoholic decision by that night and revised it in the morning. Very strange one to take office oath and start with mistake, his advices should be relieved immediately or he will continue with mistakes . shame on a poor administration

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  • 27 May 2010 14:41, by Hassan

    How do you expect leaders that are being protected and supported by the west to attend Bashir’s inauguration. Bashir is not an agent for the west so simply a lof leaders are missing,and we can not blame those pathetic leaders because they have no will of their own.Gone are the days of the great African leaders who the west tremble when they issue a decision.

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    • 27 May 2010 16:18, by DASODIKO

      Dear Hassan its an old play of West blaaaaaa blaaaaaaa, in west no one kills his own people please do not fooooooooooooooool yourself with such onld fashion excuses, play another. Say those leaders abstained to attend are against Palestinaian cause HAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAA, what a pitty

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      • 27 May 2010 20:12, by Kon Paul Awenchol

        Dear World.
        See the criminal Sudan president who have invited the head of others states to witness his flaw and fraud assuming a presidential inauguration today in Sudan national assembly.being a cunning that has been charge by ICC for masterminding,rape, torture and genocide that has brought 2008 arrest warrant.those leaders who have attend this inauguration are not effective politician as effective leaders,now where are those of Mubarak,Mummar of Libya and general secretary of Arab league Amar Mosa. Where is the head of human right to solve this problem of Darfur and Southern Sudan referendum.Bashir definitely be taken to ICC to face his perilous consequence.

        The true citizen.

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  • 28 May 2010 01:41, by Madior

    Mr. president, Shame on you. It was so sad that nobody shown up for your swearing day. it would be much better to resign, instead to be in the position whereby nobody in the world like you anyway. just giveup the presidency and go to your house, becaus you are suck and most wanted person by the ICC. Remember you can not hide nor escape the charges from the ICC. it would be better to solves the issue before you would be hang like your cousin Saddam Hussien. I bet you, I don’t think if you are going to win this game. Southerners are breaking away in less than six month from now, that is a bad new to you. You have good luck mr. president and remember you will be in cage in the matter of days or so.

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