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Turabi in regret over Sudan’s coup


March 25, 2012 (KHARTOUM) – Sudanese opposition leader, Hassan Al-Turabi, has spoken remorsefully about his role in establishing the current regime of President Omer Al-Bashir more than twenty two years ago, accusing his former allies of falling under the sway of power.

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Sudan’s Islamist opposition leader Hassan Al-Turabi (AFP)

Al-Turabi was the mastermind of the Islamist-backed military coup that brought Al-Bashir to power in 1989.

Ten years down the road, however, he was ousted following a power struggle with Al-Bashir and fellow Islamists. He later split from the ruling National Congress Party (NCP) to form the Popular Congress Party (PCP) and become one of the government’s fiercest critics.

Addressing an event organised in the capital Khartoum on Sunday to celebrate the release of six PCP members who were incarcerated for ten years on charges of plotting a coup, Al-Turabi accused Al-Bashir’s government of tarnishing the image of Islam through its practices.

He went on to express an unusual regret over his role in the 1989 coup, saying that the current rulers had been seduced by power.

“We have seen firsthand the wrongdoings and turpitudes the love of power can cause. We never thought power could corrupt people that much, now we know better than yesterday,” Al-Turabi said in hindsight.

The veteran Islamist encouraged his supporters to prepare for the period which would the follow the “imminent” downfall of the regime.

He pointed out that the current rulers are scared of the upcoming uprising because they fear being brought to justice as well as losing their ill-gotten money and properties.


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  • 26 March 2012 11:34, by Akobo River

    They are your students Mr Turabi, what do you expect them to do? They just followed your instructions to the end. Don’t pretend that you are out of the game. As long as you are an influencial politician in Sudan’s Government there will never be a change even if AlBashir is over thrown. ICC should have targeted you first before Beshir.

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  • 26 March 2012 17:42, by SUPERMAN

    Dear Al-Turabi
    Don’t think that you are going to escape justice following this regime, we Sudanese people will never accept lower than your head off. Mistakes following April 1985 uprisings will never be repeated. In the coming period we don’t want to see likes of Al-Turabi spoiling political life in Sudan

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  • 26 March 2012 21:31, by guer(r)illa’s graduate

    Dear Dr. Al-Turabi,
    Are you apologising to Sudanese or licking wounds? You’re very much educated and a believer of The Most Merciful and Gracious Allah, however, you trusted uneducated and non believer-Bashir- to make a coalition with him. Now you crying a baby! Sorry you have already done the damage. Dr. Turabi, can u recall that Dr. Garang said, ’’ Arabism, Islam or Africanism as oppose to Arabism cannot unite, only Sudanism can unite us’’

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    • 27 March 2012 06:55, by zulu

      Most of these guys who believe in Islam, though highly educated, have no perception, because unlike some christian sects, faith demands intelligence to understand what is indeed inspiration and what is deception. That is the perile of these doctors who in the name of Islam pursued war in the south and died there.

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  • 27 March 2012 04:56, by 4Justice

    EDITORIAL: Destroy all churches
    Obama silent while Saudi grand mufti targets Christianity
    Friday, March 16, 2012

    On March 12, Sheik Abdul Aziz bin Abdullah, the grand mufti of Saudi Arabia, declared that it is "necessary to destroy all the churches of the region." The ruling came in response to a query from a Kuwaiti delegation over proposed legi

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  • 27 March 2012 04:58, by 4Justice

    Kuwaiti delegation over proposed legislation to prevent construction of churches in the emirate.The mufti based his decision on a story that on his deathbed, Muhammad
    declared, "There are not to be two religions in the [Arabian] Peninsula."

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