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Sudan’s NCP denies nomination of vice-president to succeed Bashir


October 16, 2012 (KHARTOUM) – The ruling National Congress Party (NCP) of Sudan has emphatically denied reports that it has nominated Vice-President Ali Osman Mohammed Taha to replace President Omer Al-Bashir if he eventually decides to step down at the end of his current term in 2015.

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FILE PHOTO - Sudanese President Omar al-Beshir (L) talks to his second Vice President Ali Osman Taha (R) upon the first’s arrival from Qatar, on March 31, 2011 at Khartoum airport (Getty Images)

According to the NCP’s secretary of organization, Hamid Sidiq, told reporters in the capital Khartoum on Tuesday that the party did not even discuss the matter of who will succeed Al-Bashir let alone choosing a candidate.

Sidiq was reacting to statements in which Hassan Osman Riziq, the deputy secretary-general of the Islamic Movement (IM), told the subtly pro-government daily newspaper Al-Ray Al-Amm on Monday that the vice-president is the “strongest candidate” who will likely take over as President.

The IM is the Islamist intellectual base whose political wing, the National Islamic Front (NIF), took power in the 1989 coup before rebranding itself as the NCP which later split after NIF leader Hassan Al-Turabi was ousted following a power struggle with Omer Al-Bashir and Taha in 1999 and went to form the opposition Popular Congress Party (PCP).

Although the IM maintains its separate organizational structure and seeks to paint itself as a non-partisan group of Islamists who are distant from the NCP-PCP animosity, it has been effectively under the control of the NCP with Taha serving as its secretary-general.

The NCP official, however, stressed that his denial of the veracity of Riziq’s comments should not be interpreted as indicating the existence of any confrontation or struggle between NCP and IM members.

Sidiq asserted that NCP members will remain loyal to, and under the authority of, the IM and there is no intention to change that fact.

The IM is currently preparing to hold its eighth general-congress which is slated for mid-November. As part of the grassroots stage of this process, the IM recently organized mini-elections in Khartoum to elect the members who will represent the state in the national general-congress.

The vote already steeped in controversy last week when deputy secretary-general Riziq told local newspapers that there are groups seeking to remove him from the position. At the same time, however, he downplayed reports of internal squabbles saying they are merely divergences of views.

Some local media reports recently suggested that there are attempts by some IM members who are disgruntled by the fact that the NCP did not give them positions in power to hijack the IM and use it to fight the NCP. This suggestion was fueled by the fact that many young members of the IM and the NCP are seeking what they describe as internal reforms and opportunities for new faces to emerge in the upper echelons of the NCP.

Ibrahim Ahmad Omer, chairman of the IM’s Shura Council and NCP member, said in August that Al-Turabi’s PCP will not be invited to the IM’s general congress which, according to him, will be attended by 4,000 Sudanese Islamists as well as 150 foreign visitors.

Taha already announced that he will not run for a third term as IM secretary-general during the general congress.

In a recent interview with the London-based Al-Sharq Al-Awsat newspaper, NCP senior member and former intelligence chief Qutbi Al-Mahdi said that if President Al-Bashir decides to step down, Taha should also step down.

“The two share the same experience and bear the same responsibility” he said.


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  • 17 October 2012 08:27, by zulu

    The Hague is passionately waiting for him as he continues to mount further crimes in the Nuba Mountains. There is more evidence collected yesterday in one of the villages and it will be impossible to deny

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    • 17 October 2012 08:37, by Northern Sudanese

      dude that video was faked and completely wrong interpreted! i speak sudanese and know how they speak, that village wasn’t raided it was a place of a battle between government and rebels. the video was made by enough project, they target to down bashir by all means what you expect?

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      • 17 October 2012 11:21, by mohamed mahgoub

        Why dont just say there is no war at all in SK ,BN& Darfur no rebelion nothing ,there is a total peace ! ppl are very happy with their NCP govt ! ,all these videos& news from the free world outside is just a zionist propa. out of envy cuz we r the most successful country in the planet,I hate stupidity

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        • 17 October 2012 17:20, by Northern Sudanese

          I wish the same, but rebels vow to continue fighting. they say it everyday, so you probably get the picture.

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  • 17 October 2012 08:39, by Northern Sudanese

    i believe NCP should step down as a whole by 2015 , Altayeb Mustafa and his party should rule sudan. those of ncp , sitting their enjoying life in palace and bringing us southerners , our enemies to live in our neighborhoods are useless!!!

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    • 17 October 2012 10:14, by Aaban

      Look how hopelessly you are denying the video that proved your wicked culture of those who sold their soul to evil,
      Why is it easy for you Al Bendairya Al Dahmashya gang murderer, to denied the death of people, you should be a shame of your attitude of no showing sysmphy to the dead innocent people,

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      • 17 October 2012 17:22, by Northern Sudanese

        we didn’t deny that people died, w denied the way they died. yes i deny that video, because its false! keep the crap in your shit, don’t spread it around!

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  • 17 October 2012 10:36, by Kenyan the cushite

    whats the diffrence, a war criminal and liar electing another?? there should be total change. as an african thhis is close to heart why should eb allow our fellow africans to be butchered because they are black? wars!! sending refugees to every country? destabilizing the region and flooding the region with weapons and extremism? Down with NCP. no to extremism in africa.

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  • 17 October 2012 14:02, by Dumodit

    That was a trick against Ali Osman finding out his desires of being the head of state! All knew
    Omar Bashir swore to remain as president of Sudan for his lifetime. "from seat to cemetery", he stated.
    He just wants to observe whoever dared to contest in 2015 election so that he might put that one’s life to an end.
    Never accept what has been posted as true; a white lie!!

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  • 17 October 2012 22:01, by ViVa Sudan

    I undersatnd Janubeen comments regarding this topic but wat makes "Kenyan the cushite" poke his nose always in our matters this wat so funny plz take a rest & look after ur own Mesayie African beggar ..it is none of ur ... business

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    • 17 October 2012 22:20, by Peacocktail

      Sudan issue become internationally, kenya is our neighbor and they are all aware of South and North problem including Dr. Khaili Death.Kenya and Uganda shall be always involved in Sudan affairs to tople the Bashir Government just in time. Sudan had generated many issues and full of terrorist. \\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\God shall pinidh damn

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  • 30 January 2013 16:10, by maropl

    Altayeb Mustafa and his party should rule sudan. those of ncp , sitting their enjoying katalog stron life in palace and bringing us southerners , our enemies to live in our neighborhoods are useless!!!

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