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Sudan’s VP says government to open dialogue with opposition on power alternation


July 9, 2012 (KHARTOUM) – The First Vice-President of Sudan, Ali Osman Mohammed Taha, said on Monday that the government intends to approach opposition parties for dialogue on alternation of power, just days after they agreed to work for regime change.

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FILE PHOTO - Sudan’s President Omar Hassan al-Bashir (L) congratulates Sudan’s newly appointed First Vice President Ali Osman Taha after his oath-taking ceremony in Khartoum September 14, 2011 (REUTERS

In a televised interview broadcast by a number pro-government channels, Taha said that the dialogue would also include a new constitution to replace the current one. He stressed that all contentious issues regarding the constitution would be open for wide discussions.

On Wednesday last week, mainstream opposition parties allied under the National Consensus Forces (NCF) signed the Democratic Alternative Charter (DCA) which called for regime change “through peaceful means.”

The NCF, which includes the National Umma Party (NUP) of former Prime Minister Al-Sadiq al-Mahdi and the Popular Congress Party (PCP) led by Hassan Al-Turabi among others, also agreed on a three years transitional period governed by a caretaker cabinet and a presidential college with rotating chairmanship to rule the country when the National Congress Party’s (NCP) regime is overthrown.

Taha, however, failed to mention whether the same offer of dialogue will extend to the rebel coalition Sudanese Revolutionary Forces (SRF) whose factions including three groups from the western region of Darfur plus the Sudan People’s Liberation Movement North (SPLM-N), in the south of the country, who are fighting to topple the regime.

The opposition move comes amid small but growing street protests sparked by the government’s decision to lift fuel subsidies as part of what officials say is an austerity program needed to make up for a budget deficit of $2.4 billion.

Taha avoided commenting on the protests that have been gripping the capital Khartoum and other towns for the past three weeks.

However, he sought to calm public concerns over the economic crisis, saying that the government had adopted a comprehensive set of measures including intensification of production and reduction of government expenditure.

Sudan’s economy has been contracting since the country lost three quarters of its oil production to South Sudan which split to form an independent state last year. Inflation rose to over 30 percent in May, mainly on food prices, while the price of the local currency reached a low-record of 6 pounds against the dollar.

Taha said that the government had issued directives to control the process of money creation as well as to establish institutions of accountability to ensure maximum efficiency and reduction of waste.

In Taha’s words, the austerity program aims to bridge the gap in the budget and take the economy to broader horizons.

He expressed confidence that citizens understand the necessity of the recent economic measures.

In a related context, Sudan’s second vice-president, Alhaj Adam Youssef, accused foreign quarters he did not name of standing behind the protests.

Addressing an occasion marking “the week of national media” in the capital Khartoum on Monday, Youssef said that government statistics on the protests indicated that 85 percent of those participating were motivated by “foreign sides waging a proxy war”

Sudanese government officials say foreign media is exaggerating the scale of the protests to which security authorities responded with teargas and rubber bullets.

Activist groups say the government arrested more than 2,000 people since the protests started on 16 June.


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  • 10 July 2012 09:07, by Aaban

    Go and fuck yourselves serial killer, who could negotiate with gangster we will overthrow your so called Al Bendairya Al Dahmashya Ja’alin tribe master criminal government in this country, nobody will talk to you until you free those you are torturing in your detention,
    Death of our people will never left unpunish by really sudanese people,

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    • 10 July 2012 09:44, by omoni jr.

      Aaban Aka Dinka Dominated SPLM/A.
      leave the people of sudan alone,

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      • 10 July 2012 09:58, by Aaban

        Are you drunk ot what? You deserved none of my responding, why would I be a Danke SPLA or whatsoever you mention,? You are disgrace to your country,

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      • 10 July 2012 10:09, by Dinka Dominated SPLA/M

        He does not even deserve my response either, why would I be called abana if you are not stupid cowardice Ugandan_ Congolese dog? I am not Muslim and will be the last man in the world to be a Muslim idiot go and eat your monkeys in Congo useless boy, two million great Dinka killed by Muslim will never let anybody like me to be called with Islamic names, you are a poor boy who employed your mouth to

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        • 10 July 2012 10:13, by Dinka Dominated SPLA/M

          attack civilised and well educated communities of Dinka, you will never gonna win, who know you might be from north but hid under the shadow of cowardic weak equatorian useless, we called you slave people and homeless citizen of no country,
          I pologies to you Mr/ Miss Abane, i am talking to this confused congoles - Ugandan idiot,

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    • 10 July 2012 10:23, by okucu pa lotinokwan

      Addressing an occasion marking “the week of national media” in the capital Khartoum on Monday, Youssef said that government statistics on the protests indicated that 85 percent of those participating were motivated by “foreign sides waging a proxy war”.This is astatement from the second Vice President,who are just brought from the bush in exchange of money,how come you talk like a child.


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      • 10 July 2012 10:39, by J P Puok

        this poor orphan called Dinka Dominated SPLA/M is a disgrace not only to his DINKAS but to whole ss nation! He is very brave in the internet could he extended it into the real world in which we are in, then his grandmum could not have been slaughtered in 1991 retilation of their miscalculations. poor mangoor mind ur A’s and we mind our B’s ok?

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        • 10 July 2012 15:07, by Dinka Dominated SPLA/M

          Another coward called J P Puok aka omino is just attacking me using his cultural savages of none intelligent brain,
          why did you attack me here or you was showing your uncivilised culture of savages to the public?
          what is your problem with me? how can i help you? want did nyagateen killed my relatives? shame is alway come from nuer,

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          • 11 July 2012 06:57, by Joseph Canada

            Dinka Dominated,
            watch your mouth. This habit of calling fellow country men other nationalities is one thing that will start revolt in South Sudan. Thats same crap is what is affecting people in Jongolei and Unity Sate, that leads to the shade of more blood in the nation. Empty minds like yours make a lot of noise with no future. People are trying to sympathize with you but you keep igniting.

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