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Sudan’s NCP shuffles top leadership positions amid growing pressure for reforms

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February 23, 2012 (KHARTOUM) – Sudan’s ruling National Congress Party (NCP) held a meeting chaired by president Omer Hassan al-Bashir that lasted until the early morning hours of Thursday and approved a series of changes to the leadership positions which saw several senior figures giving up their long-held posts.

Bashir’s powerful assistant Nafie Ali Nafie is no longer heading the NCP’s Organizational Secretariat and was replaced by Hamed Sideeg who is a longtime member of the Islamist movement and a rapporteur at the party’s leadership council and the Islamist Shura council.

The head of the NCP politburo Qutbi al-Mahdi saw his position given to Sudanese 2nd Vice President Haj Adam Yousef. The former chief of the country’s Humanitarian Aid Commission (HAC) Hasabu Mohamed Abdel-Rahman was appointed to lead the political relations bureau.

Abdel-Rahman is a leading figure from South Darfur and was believed to be a one of the candidates to become governor of the newly established East Darfur state. He was accused of mishandling billions of Sudanese pounds during his term in HAC but he was never charged or investigated.

The veteran Islamist figure and the current oil minister Awad al-Jaz was replaced as NCP’s Economic Secretariat chief by former governor of Sudan’s central bank Sabir Ahmed al-Hassan. The latter is also one of Khartoum’s lead negotiators in the oil talks with South Sudan.

Amin Hassan Omer, who is in charge of overseeing the implementation of Darfur peace accord signed last year, has taken over from Ibrahim Ahmed Omer in the Culture and Intellect bureau at the ruling party.

Ibrahim Ghandour and Mustafa Osman Ismail maintained their positions in the External Relations and Media bureaus respectively.

The NCP’s Vice Chairman Nafie described the restructuring as part of the change process and vowed that this will continue whenever necessary and wished luck for the “young” faces.

Nizar Khaled Mahjoub, a member of the NCP political bureau, said the aim of the changes was to reset mentalities adding that there are reform issues that need to be addressed requiring political will from high up.

He added that the shuffling was one of the outcomes of the NCP Refresher convention that took place last November.

Last month, news of a mysterious reform memos drafted by unnamed members of the NCP and the Islamist Movement leaked to the media underscored the urgency of addressing widespread corruption, establishing a citizenship-based state and banning the combination of party positions with constitutional positions.

The Sudanese president dismissed these memos in a TV interview this month saying that those behind the memos would be held accountable if known.

The secession of South Sudan last July meant that Khartoum lost about three-quarters of its oil, the main source of state revenues and hard currency. The Sudanese pound has slumped by as much as 70 percent below the official rate. Annual inflation is at 18 percent as the cost of food imports has shot up. Wars against insurgencies in different parts of the still-vast country have also soaked up government funds.

Many ordinary citizens say that they have been forced to give up certain food items as they are unable to keep up with rising prices.

Military sources revealed to Sudan Tribune in January that 700 officers within the Sudan Armed Forces (SAF) warned Bashir and his defense minister Abdel-Rahim Mohamed Hussein against rushing to war with South Sudan citing challenges facing the army. Tensions between the two countries have grown dramatically over a dispute on oil, borders and alleged support of rebel groups.

Furthermore, the NCP is feeling pressure of Arab Spring sweeping the region that saw the toppling of deeply entrenched regimes in Tunisia, Libya and Egypt.

But there is no indication of similar move in Sudan despite the outbreak of several small demonstrations in the last few months protesting deteriorating public services.

However in recent weeks the National Intelligence and Security Services (NISS) have stepped up their arrests of activists as well as students and closing down newspapers including one this week.

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  • 24 February 2012 10:05, by molana

    Idiots NCP, fool Nafie is out, he thought he was the best Islamist, nothing can help you.oil owners took theirs
    die up hahahaha,,,,,,,,ooooo lol!

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    • 24 February 2012 11:38, by Dinka Dominated SPLA/M

      The change is everywere as long as the didn’t change Basir, we in the south has already been discuss within the SPLA/M party and some nyagateen are going to lost their position in the party hierarchy,

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      • 25 February 2012 01:57, by Tiger

        Idiots in Khartoum.
        that’s ridiculous and wasting of time,you can change all NCP officials and replace them with the new members from different parties,but if you fail to remove president Bashir from power and handing him over to face justice,everything will stay the same.

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      • 25 February 2012 02:22, by Tiger

        Dinka Dominated the Arabs.
        quit pretending yourself being one of the Dinka people,you’re not a Dinka,otherwise you should not keep posting some nonsense comments which are embarrassing to Dinka people in general,but you’re a fake ass arab who is trying to play some dirty ass games within our tribes in South Sudan.stop your negative comments against our VP Dr.Riek Machar.

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    • 24 February 2012 12:04, by Robot

      many rattling tins produce a lot of noise but at the end they are just empty!! what is happening in Khartoum is not a dream, is something coming to force, he thought he must get rid of those he suspiciously suspects to topple him (Bashir), the likes of Salah Ghost and so on.. but his days are numbered, he will be skinned alive by his fellow thieves. wait and see..... to be continued......

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  • 24 February 2012 10:10, by 4Justice

    Thank God I am no longer a Northern Sudanese. Good luck with your costmetic surgery!

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  • 24 February 2012 10:28, by Junub

    Dr.John Garang’s message his coming to be true now.
    After CPA peace signed in Kenya’ he Garang said Sudan
    will never be the same against or Arab world too. Now
    we can see and feel it change how is look like, but
    still I need to see North Sudan president come from
    Nuba mt speciall from east, west, and south of the
    country that will be reall change Garang was talking.
    This is the end of NCP party.

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  • 24 February 2012 13:26, by Emporio

    Is not a real change because is the same mentality and they will still under the same boss order

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  • 24 February 2012 15:12, by silk Kottora

    We all know that the country’s affairs in all aspects, including those of war have been run and managed by the NCP as a political organization. It is also well-kown that the Islamic School Graduates are among the best qualified aministrators in the sudanese arena’s all aspects, this is a fact beyond dispute. We need people rich with spiritual ethics and morals to fight corruption in its all form

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    • 24 February 2012 15:46, by Paul Ongee

      Different faces of the same coin. To Khartoum, it’s called a "dramatic reform" that will ultimately be changed by another coupe de’tat before Khartoum sinks into abyss. Real democratic reform will come soon since the marginalized Sudanese from the South of the North Sudan, West and East resolved to gain momentum.

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  • 24 February 2012 15:30, by Majoknok

    Please! NCP change your map in which the roots of your tree still sucking our oil,or are you still sleeping idiot,wake up South Sudan is a Nation if don’t know.

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    • 24 February 2012 16:26, by eye-of-an-eye

      If Bashir and his thugs are hoping for peace, they may have to revamp thier schedule to ICC. My friends, when things seem to go awry, take time to think and meditate. In periods of silence, guidance will come, but to these evils they have no choice, though they change even their pants, NCP has came to an end whether they like or not.

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