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December 5, 2010 (KHARTOUM) – The Sudanese president Omer Hassan Al-Bashir should step down in light of the isolation imposed on him because of the charges leveled by the International Criminal Court (ICC), an Islamist political analyst said in an op-ed today.

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Sudanese president Omer Hassan Al-Bashir

The Sudanese leader is wanted Bashir is wanted by the ICC on charges of genocide, war crimes and crimes against humanity he allegedly orchestrated in Darfur.

Al-Tayeb Zain al-Abdeen, who is a professor of Political Science at the University of Khartoum, was reacting to Bashir’s cancelled appearance at two events this week in Libya and the Central African Republic (CAR).

Libya asked Bashir to stay away from the 3rd Africa-European Union summit in Tripoli after the European bloc threatened a mass walkout should the Sudanese leader show up. The Sudanese government issued a strongly worded statement afterwards slamming the EU’s "hypocrisy" and implicitly criticizing Libya for succumbing to European pressure.

Khartoum boycotted the summit altogether at all levels and the Sudanese foreign minister Ali Karti was instructed to return from Tripoli during a ministerial meeting he was attending.

Also on Wednesday, Bashir cancelled his trip to Bangui for CAR’s Golden Jubilee Independence Day celebrations after France pressed its former colony to rescind its invitation.

"My belief is that Libya did not err at all and adopted a wise political position that was to be taken by any country that wants to coexist with the major powers of our times and play a role in the international or regional arena. I do not think that there is one country in this world that wants to enter into a confrontation with the European Union of for the sake of Sudan," al-Abdeen said in his Op-ed published in Sunday’s edition of the independent Al-Sahafa daily newspaper.

"What Libya has done was done before by Kenya when it declined to host the meeting of [Inter-Governmental Authority for Development] IGAD countries, in order to avoid inviting Bashir after being scolded [last August] by European countries for receiving al-Bashir in its celebration of the new Constitution and was moved to Addis Ababa. A few days ago the Central African Republic followed suit when it backed from inviting president Bashir to attend the celebration of National Day on the first of December after the arrival of Sudan’s advance team to organize the reception," he added.

Al-Abdeen noted that Sudan itself has agreed to receive a delegation from the United Nations Security Council (UNSC) last October despite public statements made by its members that they do not wish to meet with Bashir.

"It is better for the government of the Sudan to accustom itself with this bitter political reality which is that Western nations are determined to boycott President al-Bashir at all international forums and is capable of forcing most of the world nations to isolate al-Bashir out of these platforms. This is a fact which is harmful to Sudan’s political and economic interests," he wrote in his daring assessment.

He called on Khartoum to seek a resolution of the Darfur war crimes issues by applying justice on suspects through the hybrid courts proposed by former South African president Thabo Mbeki or through truth and reconciliation commissions. The government should also work for a comprehensive resolution of the Darfur conflict with the participation of all political parties and civil society groups.

But the Sudanese president who held the post for over 21 years must take an extra step and call it quits for the sake of the country, al-Abdeen said.

"President Al-Bashir must sacrifice himself for the sake of the nation to save it from existing and projected sanctions by stepping down from power and to establish a national transitional situation before holding new elections in the North agreed upon between the political forces after a period of stabilized conditions" he concluded.

The statements by the veteran and widely respected Islamist figure will likely anger Bashir’s National Congress Party (NCP) which has asserted that they have no intention of letting their leader resign.

Al-Abdeen has long been critical of the Islamist movement particularly for carrying out the 1989 coup and oppressive measures they undertook since coming power. He was the head of the Islamic Shura Council for the National Islamic Front (NIF) which was the ideological mastermind behind the coup.

The Council was dissolved in 1990 after the NIF leader Hassan Al-Turabi believed there was no need for it after the group took control of the state.

Al-Abdeen still maintains personal relations with senior members of the government.

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  • 6 December 2010 06:10, by Timsah

    To Mr.Bashir,

    The don has explicitly said it all and it is high time you step down from the realm of power, as ICC arrest warrant hanging on you, has rendered you ineffective head of state. It is however, absurd to call yourself the president of Sudan when you don’t take part in international forums that affect your country either directly or indirectly. Swallow your pride and step down and all the Sudanese political forces will organise an early election to elect a legitimate head of state without tainted past like you do. If you don’t organise an early election on time, then, let the First Vice President of Sudan, Salva Kiir Mayardit lead the country through this transition from authoritarianism to democracy.

    Timsah

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    • 6 December 2010 14:04, by okucu pa lotinokwan

      Bashir should not resign,if the sudanese people would like to be in peace the community of the northern Sudan would have not supported Omer Bashir right after the issue of warrant arest by the ICC.
      Second thing Bashir should have step down during the time of April 2010 Election,but again you the northerners Sudanese you choose him as your presidency candidate he came in with all these Darfurans blood in his hand.Washing out this blood from Bashir hand no one has the chemical for it but only ICC have it.

      OKUCU PA LOTINOKWAN

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    • 6 December 2010 16:11, by Shadrack Nuer Machut

      I may say that there are activists and compatriots in the Sudan but only fear of threats and bribery are the ones lowering voices of voiceless.

      Every day isn’t Sunday. Mr Beshir should either step down amicably or be toppled as he did in 1989. In fact it isn’t easy to achieve it because of dominant NCP’s members of Beshir.

      They are very moronic as this type of leader who is internationally denied and boycotted is suported.

      Are there no other Arabs who can take over the seat of presidency? How happy is Sudan to be under a president that can’t travel over his neighboring countries. Shame on Bashir and NCP memebers.
      This is an indication of bad governance and it should not be encouraged by healthy minded people.

      Go Bashir! Go!
      There is time for everything. It is now the time to leave powers to others as far as good future of the Sudan of Arabs is concerned.
      ICC will keep singing songs about though no implementations are to be reached. This act may cause you depression, anxiety and stress. But why? Why should a country endour such president? Was Sudan born for you?
      If I was an Arab boy I wooud not .............

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  • 6 December 2010 06:13, by Ahmed Chol

    Bashir should resign and go to Saudia Arabia where should give alms to Allah for his sins to be forgiven.

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    • 6 December 2010 07:04, by LL Reuben

      Islamist!

      You punks should have called for his resignation many years ago. As a Southerner, I don’t see how his resignation could help in any significance way, either he resigned or stay as president of Northern Islamist. This news is worthless.

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    • 6 December 2010 11:03, by Machine

      Good for Barshir;step aside before you receive a big shame of being forced out of your damn office.

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  • 6 December 2010 06:19, by kaci-banno

    it is up to Bashir to deal with ICC even though he resign or not he will face justice.

    By: Kaci-ma-banno.

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  • 6 December 2010 06:24, by Young Nation

    Dear Abdeen

    Professor Zain al Abdeen of Khartoum department of Political Science has absolutely missed the point in his edition. It is Politically unwise to request for the resignation of Bashir as an individual. The root causes of Sudan’s problems do not come from Bashir as an individuals. The policies decended from the chain of command within the hierachy the Islamic Party as a political entity. Better look at the centre of the Islamic part as a whole rather than asking Bashir to resign.

    Realistically speaking, for Northern Sudan to be at peace with local, regional and international political actors, the people of Northern Sudan, and I mean those who are non-Islamists in their political thought must demand the resignation of NCP members starting from the head of state to the local watchman. This is the only way Northern Sudan might regain their long lost political dignity in the eyes of international actors and escape the current protracted political isolation

    Young Nation is a student of Inteional Relations at The University of Queensland, Australia

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    • 6 December 2010 06:51, by Timsah

      To Young Nation,

      When you chop off the tail of a dog,it will turn and bite you,but when the head is cut off,the dog will die.The head of NCP, as a political actor in Sudan is Al Bashir,but if he is pressured to resign,the other underdogs in the party will put their heads back into their shells.

      Timsah

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    • 6 December 2010 06:51, by Mercy Madit

      Young Nation,

      You utterly missed the logic which you should have learn from standard one.
      That no government is demanded to resign all its ministry upto its watchmen.
      The worldwide logic require that only the head resign if he is not doing his job well.
      What political science are you learning then if you could miss this crucial point?
      You must then be wasting time trying to learn something that your commonsense can not reinforce.
      Learn to argue within the logic or else call yourself a waste.

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      • 8 December 2010 01:25, by Young Nation

        Dear Mercy Madit’

        I thought Sudan is still one entity under the Unity Government which means various parties including the SPLM and other are stakeholders. This mean if NCP members resign, other parties’ members could still be eligible players in various government positions including the one headed by Bashir. I don’t see anything illogic about this.

        I think reading between the line is a very crucial analytical tool which I see you badly lack. What makes you fail seeing the fact that Sudan is under the Unity Government, or which the members of NCP could be forced by their Northern constituencies to resigned? You could have thoroughly thought about this reality before you went ahead and challenge my studies of Politics as a waste of time.

        Young Nation is a BA (International Relations) Student at The University Of Queensland, Australia.

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  • 6 December 2010 06:39, by Aleu

    Islamist should have pressure Omar Hassan Ahmed al Bashir from the beginning to step down from being ahead of the State unfortunately, it did not happen that way because those people who are now calling themselve Islamist were they one rally behind Bashir. The Sudan country would have been better than now. I know there are million of Sudanese people that, do not want Omar al Bashir at all but they can not speak up because the title of the Sudan government is a Military dictatorship system however, the more times the Northern Sudanese want to backing president Bashir to stay in power the worst and continues with the bitterness of its relatioship to the world will unchangeable.

    Yes, I do support the Idea of telling president Omar al Bashir to step for now this was the first chance that, he missed in the last year when his indictment was announced, but look like he was thinking the fruad April election of the Sudanese general election will help him with his NCP to gained power as they did and everyone knows that, the law is law when your government and you as a leadr of the nation made a misconduct in what we all known as the war crimes,genocide and crime against humanity these things are more than Bashir leadership. The door for Omar al Bashir to show up in the ICC is still very open to go to the Court and say what he knows why human beings are losing in the Sudan nation for what reason.? The NCP must know that, the powerful Party of Adolf Hiler of Germany Military dictatorship is not longer on this earth, so failure to hand Omar al Bashir over to the ICC Judges will punishing the whole NCP in the Sudan and I think Sudan nation will be better off without NCP and president Omar al Bashir.

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    • 6 December 2010 08:46, by Land-of-Cush

      Wait southerners
      Please you want to judge the main issue before you make any comments.
      I think most of paragraphs on this article have been focusing on international commonality that have been missing out by Sudanese president Omer el Bashir as he already convicted and remain under warrant to be arrested due to genocides that he committed to Darfurian; according to ICC!
      If you trust Arab you believe in snake. If Omer resigns from presidency position that call by Islamist leaders; please don’t be happy, just release your comment carefully. The Islamist leaders are bothering about their interests to international relationship in which they don’t wants to miss out their economics to the rest of the world. The article didn’t mention any thing about north-south issue’ how it gonna be after resignation of Omer from chairmanship. The Arab people are like certain black snake that can bit you with both; it mouth and tail as well. If another Arab leader take the position of presidency he will be worsening’ then Omer Basher.
      Remember that we live in South Sudan from 1956 with out getting any support from government of Sudan , no health, education, roads, building, business, and no intermarried as a one nation. Even our second capital city Juba was very poorer then any village in north Sudan.
      Secession is an option

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  • 6 December 2010 07:18, by Thongjang Thongjang

    Even donkey Basher step down will help the Khartoum terrorist regime! Only solution is to report himself to ICC jail !!!!!!!!!!!!!. Rabbi Thongjang Thongjang.

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  • 6 December 2010 07:49, by Diu J.Kuek

    Dear Prof

    Professor Al Tayeb Zain Abdeen your right to call for Mr President to resign and Vacant the seat of the Presidency for the sake of the Nation as more isolation been imposed on him by International communities ;Omer is wanted by ICC on charged of genocide,war crimes and crimes against humanity in Western Sudan Darfur Region which trifle him in the eyes of International comuunity.

    But Omer Hassan Al Bashir should not resign at the moment unitill date of 9/Jan/2011 conducted of Self-determination of Southern Sudan referendum thereafter will be your own problem.otherwise will cause political confusion in the Country if he do so.

    By Diu Jieth Kuek

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    • 6 December 2010 09:52, by Deng Alier

      Al Tayeb Zain Abdeen your call is accepted by everybody in Sudan,even baby in the womb have agreed with you because bashir is warming the position but not playing his roles of being a president ,so let him resign and he should prepared where he will stayed after his resignation or should go to iran for his hiding.

      Alier son in South Sudan

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  • 6 December 2010 08:01, by Udukcana.J

    yes, bashir should resign and surrender to ICC. khartoum always think the ICC warranty has no negative effect on them,but now what?Al Tayeb’s statement reflect the reality of the negative impact of ICC warrant on Khartoum.AS i used to expect, bashir at the end will be handed over to ICC by his own supporters.Nor more comfortable sleep for bashir.I think bashir is now bussy picturing himself infront of the ICC judges.

    yes, his world is shrinking like never before.

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    • 6 December 2010 09:59, by Genuine Leader

      mr champoleon, whenever champoleon change its colour, its still recognized by people clear that its a champoleon.

      listen guys here!!!!! the 1989 coup plotted masterminded Turabi student islamist call Adeen want to blindfold you southerners specially splm by applying the same plot strategies they applied on June 30 1989 with Sadig Mahdy to abrogate the Kokodam agreement. the meaning of this article is to abrogate cpa specially referendum,by creating new government in this December or early next January to engage country for new security arrangements till referendum procrastination take place.
      they big question here, why not this published two years ago since Bashir indictment.

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  • 6 December 2010 09:19, by Omoni Atari

    islamist,you feel it now..
    "NO one escape the death"

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  • 6 December 2010 10:32, by Kijana Bol Detion-Alier-Abiu

    Your excellence president Bashir.

    Haha No condolence from ICC at any time any moment and at any place, you must leave powers and go to ICC either by peace or pieces. God/alaaha is tired of you in this world. you are not a patriotic leader but just a stupid murderer. To hell with you on your opened grave. You are piercing To reach “magaber“. Your piousness leadership is sanctimonious.

    Shame on you on your pending grave.

    KIJANA BOL DETION-ALIER-ABIU
    SUDAN CHRISTIAN UNIVERSITY

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  • 6 December 2010 10:38, by Kijana Bol Detion-Alier-Abiu

    Where is KIM DENG? his uncle is now on pressure to step down on powers, he must dieeeeeeeeeeeeee.

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    • 6 December 2010 11:22, by Genuine Leader

      wow good question Alier, and where is Dinka boy and Gatwech,they could call back our brother big logic boy. to joint us since his master Bashir will be like Sadam soon. iam open my hands to receive you.

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    • 6 December 2010 11:27, by Land-of-Cush

      Kijana Bol Detion-Alier-Abiu

      Please, don’t call back the wrong group of logic boy, dinka boy, kim deng gatwech etc. This time we talk about referendum of South and Abyei so tribalism shouldn’t be tolerate any more. I have appreciated Mamad Chol when he have advices Minima or whatever the name is; secession is an option.

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      • 6 December 2010 12:43, by Kijana Bol Detion-Alier-Abiu

        I’ve to call them coz they are wrong illman instead of element, those are viruses of our nation they must die before starting another war within Southern Sudan some years to come. Those of KIM, GATWEECH and OTHERS who always posted idioticed comment on the web must learn how to communicate to the public. Being a student doing degree in hotel management, tailoring and agricultural stuff does not mean they are qualified as a politician to post unwanted comment to the site. Let them see where Bashir is going.

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      • 6 December 2010 13:05, by Deng Alier

        thank you a lot bro.tribalism debate of last year should be stop and let focus on the referendum of South Sudan and Abyei referendum ,we are black South Sudanese but not arabs
        I also appreciated the professor who brought up the important idea of Bashir resignation ,resignation of bashir is the final solution to Sudan conflict and arabs should not block that proposal of resignation doing so it will increase trouble in Sudan especially north Sudan .

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  • 6 December 2010 11:11, by Ruach Jing

    Bashir is not suppose to resign he better present him self to ICC if he is a man enough... there no need of hiding ur self like a thief...

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  • 6 December 2010 11:13, by Luthern King

    oh would Bashir resign because of his people.Do not invite trouble before trouble, trouble u.
    Any way pride come be4 failure.
    U should carry your own cross.
    MAY GOD BLESS SOUTHERN SUDAN.

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    • 6 December 2010 14:42, by Haak

      @Ruach Jing and Luther King, if the Bashir resign of course the ICC would just pick him up like death animal and if he summit himself to ICC it reamin the same,its like in and on.
      therefore, the move from political scince prof. is to test how bashir is patriotic and have national love otherwise personally don’t think whether Bashir can admit the proposal from lecturer, besides, it may also way of viewing the reaction of southern sudanese political figures.
      lastly, the fact is that, whether the bashir go to ICC or not southern sudanese are ready to celebrate their indepence coming january, the only poor country that need to have political warning is Egpt that inteference with referandum process
      thanks
      Haakamadology!!!!

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  • 6 December 2010 13:37, by majak mayen

    Good call for Islamist in the North for Bashir to resign because the charges level against him are too servere and he is not a trusted man to run the country..

    Johnny

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  • 6 December 2010 16:24, by Good Citizen

    Mediocre Islamists!
    waiting till 25th hour and call for useless resignation?
    didn’t you know in advance that the fugitive Bashir will encounter such difficulties? You good for nothing reactionaries! let president Bashir enjoy his seat till death takes him!

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  • 7 December 2010 13:35, by Victory

    Please mr professor what goes around comes around,its up to el bashir to resign or to surrender him self to the ICC,south Sudan is going to be a differnt states in 9 jan/2011,therfor bashir resignation is not going to affect the southerns in any way or other.

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