November 7, 2010 (KHARTOUM) – The Sudanese president Omer Hassan Al-Bashir announced the formation of a higher committee for the support of unity and referendum headed by him.
- Sudanese president Omer Hassan Al-Bashir (Reuters)
Sudan official news agency (SUNA) said that Bashir’s deputies in this committee will be First Vice President Salva Kiir and Second Vice President Ali Osman Taha.
Bashir also appointed as members the head of the Democratic Unionist Party (DUP) Mohamed Osman Al-Mirghani, former president Abdul-Rahman Siwar Al-Dahab, presidential adviser Bona Malwal, former minister Mohamed Yousif Abdullah and Ibrahim Ghandour from the ruling National Congress Party (NCP).
Al-Bashir who met with leaders of political parties at his residence on Sunday announced that the committee will be composed of 11 sub-committees including one for national unity, committee for the records and referendum in northern states, the Commission for records and referendum in the southern states, Committee for coordination of popular initiatives, Committee for civil society organizations, Committee for media and mobilization, the Women’s Committee, Youth Committee, the Committee for Student Affairs and the financial and administrative committee.
Ghandour said afterwards that Bashir will name the heads of these committees at a later date.
The referendum is a key provision of the 2005 peace deal that ended the south’s 22-year civil war with the north, during which about two million people were killed in a conflict fuelled by religion, ethnicity, ideology and natural resources, including oil. It is widely expected that Southerners will vote to create their own state that is separate from the North.
The NCP has rejected demands by the Sudan people Liberation Movement (SPLM) to abrogate Islamic Sharia’a law in return for supporting unity.