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Al-Mirghani says DUP will not pull out of Sudan government


July 6, 2012 (KHARTOUM) – The leader of the ex-opposition Democratic Unionist Party (DUP) in Sudan, Mohammed Osman Al-Mirghani, has ruled out the possibility of his party’s withdrawal from the government, saying the country needs domestic cohesion to face what he described as “real threats and risks”.

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FILE PHOTO - President Al-Bashir (L) shakes hands with DUP leader Mohammed Osman Al-Mirghani

The DUP left opposition ranks and joined the “broad-base” government of the National Congress Party (NCP) in December 2011, citing the “need to save the country” in the words of Al-Mirghani himself.

The decision of one of Sudan’s biggest opposition parties to join the government has created a great deal of internal dissent that saw many members quitting in protest. The party received three ministries in the federal cabinet.

In an interview published by the London-based Al-Sharq al-Awsat on Friday, Al-Mirghani was asked whether his party intends to leave the government. His response was that the decision to join the government was subjected to intensive internal consultations which arrived at the conclusion that the dictates of “national interests” and the “need to confront the threats surrounding the country” compels the DUP to participate.

Therefore, he intoned, the decision to withdraw is “not a whim” but “a big responsibility”. He went on to say that at this particular stage Sudan is facing “real threats and risks” that require cohesion of the internal front and national consensus to face them.

Al-Mirghani concluded that his party will “remain committed” to the national program it signed with the NCP.

The DUP is finding itself in a delicate situation as anti-regime protests originally sparked by government austerity plans have been gripping the capital and other regional towns for the last three weeks.

Activist groups say the aim of the protests is to oust the regime of President Omer Al-Bashir, which they accuse of a long list of failures including rampant corruption, misguided economic policies and overspending on security and defense at the expense of health and education sectors.

Al-Mirghani admitted that the living conditions of all citizens are “very tough”. He claimed that his party had tried to dissuade the NCP from its austerity plan arguing that economic reforms must be geared towards mitigating the suffering of citizens not increasing it.

Sudan has been grappling with soaring inflation and a depreciating currency since the then semi-autonomous region of South Sudan split in July last year and took with it three-quarters of the country’s oil production.

Inflation exceeded 30 percent in May, mainly on food prices, while the Sudanese pound reached a record-low exchange rate of 6 pounds against the US dollar in the local black market for hard currency.

Asked on where he stands on post-secession negotiations between Sudan and South Sudan, Al-Mirghani blamed Juba’s negotiators for the lack of progress in the talks, saying they keep coming up with new maps that could be termed “a declaration of war”.

Recent rounds of negotiations between the two neighbours stalled due to disagreements over disputed territories. Khartoum says South Sudan presented a map including areas belonging to Sudan as established by the 1956 border strip, while Juba says these areas originally belong to South Sudan but were annexed by Khartoum.


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  • 7 July 2012 22:09, by sudani ana

    Mr M O Elmighani

    Sir, you have my full respect and love. I had doubts about you in the past, but you have proven yourself to be a true patriotic son of Sudan. May God bless you Siir.

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    • 7 July 2012 23:31, by zulu

      Garang was cautious to deal with him anyways, knowing that his contribution would so archaic just as the NCP (NIF), UMMA. Bowing to be deferential when the regime cannot produce tangible results, is of course patriotism to hell

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    • 8 July 2012 01:50, by sudan african

      Sudani Ana, people like this mong only looking for a hand out, they can not stand for election with the criminal party on an election, but has to wait to get a hand out from Humar Al Bashir. Only a blind and deaf person will called this mong a patriotic person. If a person is patriotic as you would like him to be he should side with the Sudanese people on the street not in the bread room with Bash

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  • 8 July 2012 02:07, by jur_likang_a_ likan’g

    Al Mirghani has shown his real colours. By saying so he is supporting Arabo-Islamic supremecist policy. He sees the indiginous movement for freedom as a threat to their hegemony on social, economic and political power. He should be condemned to hell. They should be fought with teeth and nail in order to establish peoples’ power in Sudan.

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  • 8 July 2012 10:21, by sudani ana

    OK. We’ve heard what foreigners and the enemies of Sudan think about this. Any Sudanese want to give his opinion on the subject?

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    • 8 July 2012 12:03, by Observer

      I am an ordinary Sudanese and all I can say is that Al- Mirghani isa hypocrite.
      Of course he wont pull out of the Govt as that will mean he and his family will lose their positions and all the perks that go with it.
      DUP has been hit by hundreds and hundreds of defections due to the decision he took to join the Govt.
      See how principles go out the window when there is a lot of money at stak

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      • 8 July 2012 14:31, by sudani ana

        Dear observer

        I totally disagree with you. The DUP only has 3 ministries, you can hardly call this money, besides Elmirghany doesn’t have a post in the government himself, so you can,t say he is motivated by money. Sudan is facing enormous dangers from the traitors such as Arman Agar Albion in addition to Darfuri rebels all supported by Israel and USA through South Sudan. The unity of Sudan ..

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        • 8 July 2012 14:34, by sudani ana

          The unity and territorial integrity of our beloved Sudan is at stake here. Elmirghany could see this and I hope other fellow country men see it too. Thank you.

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