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Sudanese rebels say Islamic Movement event threatens national security


November 20, 2012 (KHARTOUM) – The rebel Sudan People’s Liberation Movement North (SPLM-N) has leveled scathing criticism against the Islamic Movement (IM) conference, saying it further embroiled the Sudanese regime in the projects of international Islamism which threatens national security.

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FILE PHOTO - Sudan People’s Liberation Movement (SPLM) north’s secretary general Yasir Arman speaks during a joint news conference with Malik Agar, head of the northern branch of SPLM, in Khartoum, July 3, 2011, ab

In a press release issued on Tuesday, SPLM-N’s secretary-general Yasir Arman said that the IM’s 8th General Conference which was held in Khartoum on 16 and 17 November has entrenched the association of the Sudanese regime with regional and international alliances of Islamism therefore rendering the country’s national security prone to violations.

The IM conference was held with the participation of 4,000 members and prominent foreign Islamists including Khalid Mishal, the leader of the Palestinian militant organization Hamas, and Rashid al-Ghannushi, the leader of Tunisia’s Ennahda Movement.

But the Godfather of Islamism in Sudan and leader of the Popular Congress Party (PCP), Hassan Al-Turabi, dismissed the conference as nothing but an attempt by their rival, the ruling National Congress Party (NCP), to monopolize Islamism and exclude his party.

Arman said that the conference “has placed Sudan in an international and regional confrontation starting with his close neighbors Saudi Arabia and [Arab] Gulf [countries]”

The conference sparked a regional controversy after the chief of police in Dubai, UAE, publicly criticized the speech delivered at the conference by the general guide of the Muslim Brotherhood in Egypt, Mohammed Badi.

The UAE official, Dahi Khalfan, tweeted that Badi’s speech from Sudan is a declaration of hostility against Gulf countries that he hopes will be "swept by the river of his revolution”.

The IM conference came a few weeks after an alleged Israel airstrike destroyed a Khartoum arms factory rumoured to be linked to Iran.

The SPLM-N official called for the necessity of disengaging the clash between the projects of international Islamist movements and the interests of Sudanese people. He added that the conference did not discuss any issue related to Sudanese people but rather focused on how to consolidate the regime.

Arman also called on the IM’s youth who really want change to distance themselves from the IM and join youth groups seeking change of the regime of president Omer Al-Bashir.

Meanwhile, the IM’s newly elected secretary-general, Al-Zubair Ahmad Al-Hassan, said in a press conference on Tuesday that the final recommendations of the IM’s conference called for greater government attention to improving the economy and agriculture while supporting social security services and basic commodities.

He added that the conference participants also called for improving foreign relations and ending wars in the country’s border regions of South Kordofan and Blue Nile while continuing the peace process in Darfur.


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  • 21 November 2012 07:58, by Jalaby

    Mr. Arman, this type of language you’re using will no longer bring you any sympathy with the west countries any more after the south is separated, what type of system/regime that we choose in Sudan is completely concerning us only, Sudanese people will decide in a democratic way the type of system and government that will satisfy them,

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    • 21 November 2012 08:05, by Jalaby

      you know idiot Arman that we as Sudanese people are very moderate people, of course you can find some extremists here and there (people like you) but the majority of Sudanese people are very moderate therefore we will never go for religious state, in the same time we will never go for secular state that dictate us under the name of "secularism" but we will go for the civil state

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      • 21 November 2012 08:16, by Jalaby

        that blended its values from our tradition, habit and reference to our superb Islamic values!
        Person like Arman knows very well he can’t even make 1% of Sudanese voters and has no supporters at all!
        Any person who wants to impose specific system on us by force (such as secular system or what ever) without going through free and real election we will never accept it but we will

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        • 21 November 2012 08:26, by Jalaby

          accept any type of system even communist system as long as that’s the Sudanese choice!
          People like Mr. No Logic who is very very sensitive to the word "Islam" and doesn’t want to hear it at all and not ready to accept any system other than the "secularism" even if it comes through a democratic election, he can go and live in S Sudan because he can find the "New Sudan" that he

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          • 21 November 2012 08:35, by Jalaby

            "fought" for so long to make it real, the south is implementing the "new Sudan" ideology now and that’s why you can see the south is: democratic, homogeneous, no corruption, no tribalism, no marginalization, the state of law and be more specific "the state-of-art"!
            Mr. No Logic and alike can go and live there,why not living in that paradise state?!

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        • 21 November 2012 16:17, by Logic

          Abo Dirty Jalabiya... aka Al-baleed!
          loooool... ah boy u made me laugh! The fact that you keep mentioning me in that fashion indicates your respect for me. I
          In terms of politics, you have nothing for me son, you’re either an empty misguided fanatic or a regime loyalist/ agent/ brainwashed sympathizer. Pathetic fool

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  • 21 November 2012 08:28, by zulu

    I like Obama who has displayed very subtle but surgical elimination of Jihadism and Islamic alliance. All are gone except Syria which is going soon, followed by the NCP and Iran will naturally fall and that’s it

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    • 21 November 2012 12:16, by australian

      Zulu: what are you saying? Obama has been the jihadists’ best friend. He has helped the Muslim Brotherhood gain power in Egypt, Tunisia and Libya and the only uprising he DIDN’T support was the Iranian one which was AGAINST Islamism. He has done nothing to stop Iran getting nuclear bombs. Oh, and he has facilitated Brotherhood infiltration into the White House. "Subtle" enough for you?

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  • 21 November 2012 14:24, by sudani ana

    Is this a joke? What planet are we living on? Rebels who are fighting the government and killing civilians say Islamic movement conference threatens national security? Doh, that’s your job idiots.

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