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Sudan’s President in Saudi Arabia for medical checkup

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By Toby Collins

November 5, 2012 (LONDON) – The president of Sudan, Omer Hassan Al-Bashir, flew to Saudi Arabia on Monday to receive a medical checkup, state media has reported, stoking speculations about the health of the 68-year-old ruler.

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Sudan’s president Omer Al-Bashir (Getty)

President Omar al-Bashir “will carry out ordinary medical check-ups during the visit," during the trip which will also include meetings the top officials including King Abdullah bin Abdulaziz Al Saud, according to a presidential news bulletin seen by Sudan Tribune.

In August it was reported that Bashir underwent surgery on his vocal chords in Qatar. The spokesperson of the presidential palace, Imad Said Ahmad, confirmed the reports late last month saying that Al-Bashir had undergone a “mild” throat operation but he also insisted that the president enjoys good health.

The news about Bashir’s health has also led to widespread speculation across social media platforms. The rumor was fueled by the fact that he has made few public appearances and speeches lately.

It was also observed that Al-Bashir failed to address dozens of his supporters who gathered in front of the council of ministers in Khartoum two weeks ago to rally against the alleged Israeli attack on Al-Yarmook military factory. He merely waved his hand while his deputy Vice-President Ali Osman Mohammed Taha addressed the crowd.

Media counsellor at the Sudan embassy in London, Khalid al-Mubarak, told Sudan Tribune on Monday that there has been “full transparency” about Bashir’s trip, which was discussed on Sudan TV. He explained that Sudan’s state minister at the presidency, Amin Hassan Omer, said that the president has suffered from persistent throat inflammation and that he was advised to reduce long public speeches.

"The president looked fit until he left. He did not cancel a single appointment and is planning a visit to Juba to consolidate relations," al-Mubarak said Omer had explained.

Al-Bashir’s Juba visit comes in the wake of agreements on cooperation signed by Juba and Khartoum in September. Bashir was originally scheduled to visit Juba in April but a deterioration in relations made the trip untenable.

Khalid also claimed that Bashir “neither smokes nor drinks.”

State minister Omer criticised the presidency of the republic, in an interview with the London-based Al-Sharq al-Awsat on Monday, for failing to take the initiative to speak about the president’s health condition. He said that by doing so the presidency opened the door for rumors.

He also revealed that Al-Bashir did not abide by the instructions of doctors to stop public addresses during medication period therefore his health condition suffered a setback and prompted further restrictions on his schedule and activities.

Al-Bashir has ruled Sudan since a military coup in 1989. In 2009 he became the first sitting head of state to be issued with an arrest warrant from the International Criminal Court (ICC) for war crimes and crimes against humanity committed in the Darfur conflict, which according to the UN, at the end of 2011 led to the internal displacement of 2.2 million people from the area.

The ICC ruling has restricted Bashir to traveling to non-signatories to the Rome Statute, which includes Saudi Arabia. Elsewhere in the world he risks implementation of the warrant and potentially trial at the Hague.

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  • 6 November 2012 07:54, by sudani

    Bashir did make fun in 2005 when John Garang died by telling Ali Osman’ Ali, ana samitu enta musrak fi mut bita Garang. that means he heard that Ali has a hand in the death of John Garang. That is it. throat Cancer has to kill him because of his bad mouthology. South sudanese are insects, slaves and when we die, we are an animal. now it is his turn to go and answer the insults against God’s people

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    • 6 November 2012 08:09, by zulu

      It is the cancer of rectum and not throat alone. He is said to be advised not to use his mouth too much and loudly. But we will make him die sooner, just annoy him and he will thrust off that fiery mouth that will be his fatality. I also understand he has abstained from sodomy

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      • 6 November 2012 08:24, by Robot

        said this in the first place, fake Arabs talk too much, here is the outcome. Bashir’s hands are tainted with bloods of the innocent Sudanese people, "HE WILL DIE A SHAMEFUL DEATH". he is quick to throw his tongue a high gear and when things went contrary he gots annoyed and the glands swell with pain.

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        • 6 November 2012 11:56, by Mading Makuac

          Bashir has been dodging ICC for years but now GOD has sent
          his own throat cancer to him.There is no way Bashir will
          escape GOD ’s plan.Hope to hear Bashir ’e eulogy in a
          few days coming and let say bye bye to him.Let meet
          in HELL if not HEAVEN!!!

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      • 6 November 2012 08:59, by P.K.M

        The blood of the people Bashir killed since 1989; demanding him be thrown to the hellfire after his death; the slow painful death of his soul in hell forever! Bashir might have lived his good life of killing innocent people on earth but he cannot escape the hellfire! These are the millions innocent men, women and children of Darfur, South Kordufan, Blue-Nile and South Sudan.

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      • 6 November 2012 10:03, by Hardball

        Sudani,
        The NCP inner-circle believes at the time that; the idea of appointing 3 hijackers to initially take control of the helicopter and intentionally crashed it into the mountain was a good idea. But it turned out now that; it was the worst idea they ever made for Sudan and for the rest of their life!!!!!

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    • 6 November 2012 09:19, by Dinkawarrior

      It’s a done deal no more Bashit, he will die like her boyfriend Yasser Arafat whom died unknowingly. His hands was pull with Israelis bloods, that was the reason why God removed him slowly without noisy. But I am still worry about the so called Taha, he is evil number one than Bashit. I hope they will go hell together in defferent directions!

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    • 6 November 2012 09:22, by Big Boy

      Dear Bashir
      If you die before you answering the crime you committed in Darfur, Blue Nile and Nuba M’t,it can’t help in your tomb there’s be fire burning everywhere digging hole,my coleagues don’t forget nothing will be change after his death in khartoum regime....

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      • 6 November 2012 09:50, by Xeno

        Big Boy,
        Don’t worry. The defense minster amd faggot harroun of SK will compensate for beshier. deal right?

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    • 6 November 2012 09:33, by Dinkawarrior

      Sudani!
      Thanks for the message! We already know whose his hands on our leader Dr. John Garang. Some people were happy about his death but now there is a great number of people who wish him back to be a leader of all. We know their identities and where they live even our South Sudanese Traitors had their hands on him. I believed God will punish them one by!!!

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    • 6 November 2012 10:47, by Ruach

      I hope he is not coming back

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    • 6 November 2012 10:54, by Abikacha

      The next I am going to hear is his death! Don’t die man! You need to answer for crimes you cause against people of Sudan. They will continue to say his health is good but they will again say he is dead, where is Zenawi now after such speculations?

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  • 6 November 2012 09:55, by jur_likang_a_ likan’g

    The spirit of the people he ordered murdered in South Sudan, Nubaland, Blue Nile and Darfur has begun to haunt him. His days are counting to zero for his departure to 4- metres grave.

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  • 6 November 2012 10:05, by Observer

    Isn’t is great that our President has the luxury of being able to fly outside Sudan for medical treatment.
    Why doesn’t he trust the health system that we have here in Sudan- not good enough for him- yet he expects the ordnary Sudanese ( who doesn;t have the money to travel) to put up with the low class health system we have here- due to the the Govt spending the money on military not on health.

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  • 6 November 2012 10:20, by Peter Marko

    Breaking News
    Al-Bashit is was diagnosed by German medical team, and he turned out to be terminally ill. Doctors recently discovered that he has developed a late stage tumor in his throat as a result of contracting HIV virus about 9 years ago. Team of German Doctors came to Khartoum and took the sample to be further cultured in Germany.....

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    • 6 November 2012 10:21, by Peter Marko

      Long story short, the son of Hussien granted him a safe travel to Germany for treatment, but Al-Bashit feared that his airplane could be intercepted by Israel. Therefore, he chose Saudi Arabia as the safest place for him to get advance treatment......

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      • 6 November 2012 10:22, by Peter Marko

        The most interesting thing is that he has appointed Bakery Hassen Salah, minster at presidential palace, to be acting president, but not one of his deputies!!!!!!!!!!!! The acting president is from the same tribe that Al-Bashit is from, Al-Jalien. Let us wait and see how thing will turn out.

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        • 6 November 2012 10:57, by Kalo

          If you die,you will go immediately to hell because God will not forgive for your evil deeds you did to the people of Sudan.

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        • 6 November 2012 10:57, by Kalo

          If you die,you will go immediately to hell because God will not forgive for your evil deeds you did to the people of Sudan.

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          • 6 November 2012 15:15, by Peacocktail

            Bashir should have seek pardoning from Darfurian, Nubians, Pple of Blue, SOuth Sudan before He die, If I was him, I should surrender myself to ICC for trail. Now he is going to die like CAT in the Jungle.
            Am worry of next Sudan Leader post Bashir leadership, Am seeing credible leader to unite Sudanese. Bring Arman Yasir back to Sudan Politic and Sanction shall be lifted on Sudan.
            Death to Bashi

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    • 6 November 2012 15:30, by Peacocktail

      You are 100% right, Bashir do dance madly and shows that this was his last kick of dying horse from Infectious diseases, Syndromic Infection associated with AIDS revealed by Doctors, he avoid Sudan Medical Service due to his own bad status.
      Hope he had not infected those boys like Ismail Konyi, Gatdet, Horrible David Yayau with HIV. He will die ruthlessly. tyrant leader dying waaaaaaa!

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  • 6 November 2012 15:12, by Foxtail

    Ruach,
    Right, John Garang is not coming back. so who is going to rule your ass? You can’t rule nor your mother.
    you know boy, you’re just an idiot.

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    • 6 November 2012 17:17, by Ruach

      Arab Tail:Wash your rotten mouth idiot.John Garang is dead,but Kirr and Machar are ruling

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  • 6 November 2012 21:06, by panom lualbil

    I already know OMER BASHER will mess up with RIEK MACHAR during his visiting to JUBA whom he now got STDs. You see, without DR JOHN to claim NUERS from KHARTOUM after independent of s sudan, they would have all been another Arabs’ culture now.

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  • 7 November 2012 05:30, by AUGUSTINO DENG

    The sign of death is coming around Omar Bashir.
    Whether or not, Omar Bashir will still leave that fucken position of presidency. Fuck Omar Bashir.
    By Augustino Deng. Jech la mer from Tharpam.

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  • 6 December 2012 17:28, by Abdulaziz

    In this morning the mobile phone rung at home this morning. The voice of my uncle in my ear was a shell in which I heard the sound of Red sea. He talked to the family from Port Sudan and his voice like a faint echo vanished across the sea there. I wondered a bout the reason behind the audible vocal change and he exploded in a laughter saying that the president’s diseases infected him and the docto

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  • 6 December 2012 17:31, by Abdulaziz

    He added that by talking to us he flouted like the president the doctor’s instruction. The president can only wave his hand and that expresses just a salutation and farewell.
    The voice of president in time of peace held a paean of love while in time of war allayed fears of civilians and raised the morale of his officers and soldiers. He chants "Allah Akbar" God is great and that a chant spr

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