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Turabi’s party distances itself from a coalition for Islamic constitution in Sudan

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February 29, 2012 (KHARTOUM) – The opposition Popular Congress Party (PCP) led by Hassan al-Turabi has officially dissociated itself from a coalition of political parties and religious group working to adopt an Islamic constitution in Sudan after the secession of South Sudan.

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Abdullah Hassan Ahmed, Deputy Secretary General of the People’s Congress speaks during a gathering by the opposition parties in Khartoum on June 27, 2010. (Getty)

The Islamic Constitution Front was officially launched in Khartoum on Tuesday. Hassan Abdel Majed, former leader of the Society of the Muslim Brothers in Sudan, was chosen to lead the front. He and other threatened to depose President Omar Hassan al-Bashir if he fails to elaborate a constitution based on the Islamic law.

The launch meeting was attended by representatives of political forces including Turabi’s deputy Abdallah Hassan Ahmed and figures from the ruling National Congress Party, the Democratic Unionist Party, Salafi group of Ansar Al Sunna, and Sufi brotherhoods.

Kalam Omer Abdel Salam, PCP political secretary, on Wednesday denied the intention of his party to join this front for an Islamic constitution in Sudan.

"The Popular Congress is a party of principles and clear positions," he said. Stressing that the PCP "can not proceed with the preparation of a constitution to rule the Sudan unilaterally or through an exclusionary coalition."

The Islamist opponent further said that a constitution can only be elaborated by political forces within the context of constitutional arrangements for a transitional period.

Omer slammed the new alliance and described its ideas and propositions as "totalitarian". He added that some of the coalition’s members just carry the name of Islam but ignore anything about. He pointed out that an "Islamic constitution cannot be discussed in this way."

The PCP which calls for an Islamic constitution is accused by the ruling NCP of working with the rebel groups in South Kordofan, Darfur and Blue Nile to topple the regime.

However, despite a new trend among the Islamist parties in the Islamic world to endorse the secular state, Turabi’s party did not yet voice openly any support to such idea like his friends in Tunisia.

Abdallah Hassan Ahmed, from his side, told reporters that he participated in his personal capacity at the founding meeting of the front. He further said what was debated is a project open for discussion and not binding for the participants.

The deputy secretary general of the opposition party said that those who signed the project did not intend to bless or to support it but meant to open a window for dialogue and deliberation on the new constitution.

He reaffirmed the PCP’s commitment to its political line supporting freedoms and the establishment of a genuine democratic system creating a climate for the adoption of a constitution that meets the aspirations of the Sudanese people for religious, cultural and ethnic diversities.

The Umma Party of Sadiq al-Mahdi did not attend the founding meeting of the Islamic Constitution Front with other secular parties like the Sudanese Communist Party.

These parties call for the formation of a new government and a new parliament to elaborate a permanent constitution before holding a general election to elect a president and MPs.

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  • 1 March 2012 12:18, by Dinkawarrior

    Turabi troublemaker you’re a fake Sudanese who just came through bullshit religion. You pretending yourself every single day while doing opposite. You’re hellhound and the son of liar, you’re the cause of every messed going on here in Sudan. Shame on you with your fake Allah! You double Trouble damn to you 100%!!

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    • 2 March 2012 02:31, by Paul Ongee

      Ya Turabi,

      You better distance yourself from a coalition for Islamic constitution in Sudan because you were the first to advocate it and now the last constitutional lawyer to reject it. Do you see now how the minister of defense is charged with 47 counts of war crimes against humanity? Thanks to ICC. National Criminal Party (NCP) has ever committed war crimes in the history of Sudan.

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      • 2 March 2012 03:03, by Kurnyel

        Dr Mahmed Hassin Turabi must be hang to daeth for all his role during 1990s when he arms mujahhedee and brainwashed them that each of them must go and fight in the south and gave them pad lock and keys that when they died they should go and open their house in (Jana) heaven.I witness how stupid it was because my uncle killed many of them who were not properly trains.in yei,Marobo, and Kaya, Rumbek

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      • 2 March 2012 03:18, by Paul Ongee

        Ya Turabi,

        You better distance yourself from a coalition for Islamic constitution in Sudan because you were the first to advocate for competitive interpretation of Quran to govern Sudan and now you are the last constitutional lawyer to reject it. Birds of the same feather. Breaking News: Do you see now how ICC charged defense minister with 51 counts of war crimes against humanity?

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      • 2 March 2012 03:34, by Paul Ongee

        Ya Turabi,

        You better distance yourself from a coalition for Islamic constitution in Sudan because you were the first to advocate for competitive interpretation of Quran to govern Sudan and now you are the last constitutional lawyer to reject it. Birds of the same feather. Breaking News: Do you see now how ICC charged defense minister with 41 counts of war crimes against humanity?

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      • 2 March 2012 03:36, by Paul Ongee

        Ya Turabi,

        You better distance yourself from a coalition for Islamic constitution in Sudan because you were the first to advocate for competitive interpretation of Quran to govern Sudan and now you are the last constitutional lawyer to reject it. Birds of the same feather. Breaking News: Do you see now how ICC charged defense minister with 41 counts of war crimes against humanity?

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        • 2 March 2012 03:40, by Paul Ongee

          Note that Omer Hassan Al-Bashir will never achieve his devilish plan of uniting the two countries by force. We cannot live in a country where governance is based on competitive interpretation of Quran instead of considering cultural diversity, freedom of worship and democratic rights. Do you have any idea when and how will the National Criminal Party disappear from Sdn?

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          • 2 March 2012 04:11, by Kurnyel

            The so called Upper Nile is a curses for sure the Nuer got know where to practice their evil thought, that is why you were rules by Dinka son Dr Garang and that is why now you are rules by Dinka son Kiir Mayardit and when you decided to go to Khartoum, to fight Dinka than you all fall under commanding of Dinka son (George Athor rules). Where will you go from here because even Arabs do not trust yo

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