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Arab Spring countries reportedly intervening to reunite Sudan’s Islamists

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July 19, 2012 (KHARTOUM) – Egypt, Tunisia and Libya are conducting an initiative to reconcile Sudan’s bitterly divided Islamists, a spokesman for the ruling National Congress Party (NCP) said on Thursday.

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FILE PHOTO - Sudan President Omar Hassan al-Bashir in prayer after winning the national elections

According to the NCP’s political secretary in Khartoum State, Nizar Khalid, the regional-Arab initiative aims to re-unite their party with the opposition Popular Congress Party (PCP) led by Hassan Al-Turabi.

Al-Turabi masterminded the rise of the National Islamic Front (NIF), later re-named (NCP), to power in a 1989 military coup. He was ousted ten years later following a bitter power struggle with President Omar Al-Bashir and his former acolytes, chief among them Vice-President Ali Osman Mohammed Taha.

The veteran Islamist then moved with his followers to form the Popular Congress Party (PCP) and became one of the government’s most vociferous critics.

“The initiative comes to resolve the Islamic, political and intellectual disagreements [between the NCP and the PCP]” Khalid, who was speaking to the Sudanese Media Center (SMC), a pro-government website, said before adding “these countries found that the solution to the internal crisis [in Sudan] cannot materialize without resolving the differences between the two big parties beside renewing the Islamic-political school of thought.”

This development, if true, is likely to stoke concerns on the part of Western countries over the phenomenon of Islamist groups rising to power in post Arab Spring countries like the Muslim Brotherhood in Egypt and the El-Nahda Movement in Tunisia. It also raises the possibility of these groups forging an affinity along ideological lines with Sudan’s Islamists.

According to Khalid, the initiative leading countries “especially Egypt” recognise the importance of finding a “radical solution” to the fallout between the NCP and the PCP. He went on to say that the control of Islamist groups in Egypt, Tunisia and Libya has “revived the aspirations of Sudan’s Islamists to re-unite”

The NCP official included Libya although its Islamists were soundly defeated by liberal forces in recent parliamentary elections.

Khalid claimed that the initiative comes as “an extension” to a number of interactions that occurred recently between PCP and NCP members. He was, Sudan Tribune understands, referring to the gathering of “the Islamist movement Mujahdeen” which took place in the capital Khartoum on Saturday, 14 July.

The gathering brought together more than 500 of NIF “Mujahdeen” who fought in the civil war in the then southern region of South Sudan before it became an independent state last year. Some local newspapers reported that the gathering was highly emotive and witnessed intense discussions between the Mujahdeen from the NCP, PCP and even those who boycotted both factions when the split occurred.

The positive tone in which the NCP official reported the alleged initiative is, however, lacking reciprocity on the part of the PCP whose secretary of external relations, Al-Mahboob Abdel Salam, launched strong criticism against the ruling party on Thursday.

Al-Mahboob, a close aide of Al-Turabi, said, in an interview with Al-Madina newspaper, that the Al-Bashir regime bears the responsibility of “pushing the country to the brink” as he put it.

“The Inqaz [NIF alias for its coup] regime has plunged Sudan into continuous wars, and driven the country’s sons to take up arms for the sake of gaining wealth and power”

Al-Mahboob intoned that the current situation in Sudan is the cumulative effect of 23 years of running the country with wrong policies. He accused Al-Bashir’s regime of causing the “economic collapse” of Sudan due to its failure to use oil revenues to diversify the economy before South Sudan’s secession

The talk of re-unification of Islamists comes amid speculations of an imminent Arab Spring in Sudan as small but growing street protests sparked by worsening economic conditions continue to occur in different parts of the country.

President Al-Bashir dismissed hopes for an Arab Spring in Sudan saying his country only has a “hot summer” that is burning his enemies.

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  • 20 July 2012 09:54, by Ayom Dor

    Re-uniting Islamists against the Bashir government!! Downfall to current regime!!

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    • 20 July 2012 10:39, by Dinkawarrior

      Look at those blind homoses? Why don’t you guys help Syrian people? You’re wasting your times while this Leech-man is almost done, it is Just just amatter of time!

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  • 20 July 2012 09:57, by zulu

    i seriousely doubt as to whether the radical muslims are behind such a move in the Sudan. It is the desperation of the NCP to rally opponents against insurgency and any riots or mutiny that could oust them out of power. This is plainly a simple LCM. It is unlikely the PCP will united with Beshir on this religious fallacy.

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  • 20 July 2012 11:39, by Kikiji longiro

    IS SUDAN ALSO AN ISLAMIC COUNTRY?

    WHAT DO ISLAM HAVE TO DO WITH A POOR COUNTRY & PEOPLE? ISLAM IS A RELIGION OF ROYAL PEOPLE.ASK PROPHET MAHAMMED THAT WHY IN THIS HUGE MUSLIMS PROBLEMS IN THE MIDDLE EAST WE DON,T HAVE A SINGLE MUSLIM REFUGEES IN MECCA?

    ISLAM IS NOT A RELIGION BUT A HOME OF ROYALITY.IDI AMINI OF UGANDA DIED THERE.BEN ALI OF TUNSIA IS ALSO THERE, BECAUSE THEY WERE ROYALS.

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  • 20 July 2012 11:48, by Kikiji longiro

    WHERE ARE THE DARFURIANS/SOMALIANS &ETC. MUSLIMS IN MECCA WITHOUT BILLIONS OF DOLLARS IN THEIR HANDS? INSTATE ALL ARABS OR MUSLIMS ARE ALL OVER THE WESTERN WORLD. ASK AL KAWAJAH IN THE PRISON OF BAHARIAN.PLEASE RUN TO TURKEY BECAUSE THERE ARE EUROPEAN OFFICES OF HUMAN RIGHTS THERE.

    KIKIJI

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  • 28 July 2012 18:25, by danaray79

    Truly impressive and nice information. Thanks for sharing. Essay Writing.

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