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Sudan’s Bashir to skip conference address amid questions about his health

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November 26, 2012 (KHARTOUM) – The Sudanese president Omer Hassan Al-Bashir has apparently cancelled his appearance at a conference taking place in the capital Khartoum on Tuesday morning after state media initially reported that he will address the event, amid renewed rumors about the health of the 68-year old ruler.

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Sudan President Omer al-Bashir (ASHRAF SHAZLY/AFP/Getty Images)

Sudan’s official news agency (SUNA) carried a report on Monday morning saying that Bashir would appear to address the opening session of the 12th conference of the Arab ministers of minerals due to be held at the Friendship Hall in the capital Khartoum from the 27th through the 29th of November.

Later in the day, however, SUNA quietly withdrew the report from their website and published another one saying that the conference will be addressed instead by presidential assistant Gala Al-Digair “as representative of the president of the republic”.

An Arab official attending the conference told Sudan Tribune that he does not know at this point whether Bashir will be present.

Another instance of inconsistency on Al-Bashir also emerged on Monday when SUNA reported that Bashir conducted a phone call today with his South Sudanese counterpart Salva Kiir and discussed issues concerning the implementation of the set of cooperation agreements the two countries signed in the Ethiopian capital Addis Ababa last September.

But South Sudan information minister Barnaba Marial told Sudan Radio Service (SRS) in an interview today that the last call between the two men took place last Friday.

The state news agency released another report saying that Bashir phoned Saudi Arabia’s crown prince Salman bin Abdul-Aziz to receive assurances about the health of the King Abdullah bin Abdul-Aziz after he underwent a “successful” operation this month.

This was corroborated by Saudi news agency (SPA) which reported the conversation taking place today.

The inconsistency that characterized SUNA’s reporting about Bashir’s activities coincided with unconfirmed news reports that he was medivaced on Sunday to Saudi Arabia and admitted to the Intensive Care Unit (ICU) at King Faisal Specialist Hospital in the capital Riyadh.

SRS and Al-Rakoba, a pro-opposition website, both quoted anonymous sources as confirming that Bashir has been admitted to the Saudi hospital.

“Yes he was brought last night around 7 PM at King Faisal Specialist Hospital and Research Centre. First, he was admitted at the royal wing (DR) then he was taken today around midday to the ICU. However, they are saying that his condition is stable,” the source told SRS.

SRS added that its efforts to reach government officials to comment were unsuccessful as they did not pick up calls.

Rumors about the Bashir’s health have been on the rise since the government only recently admitted that he underwent a “minor” surgery on his vocal chords in Qatar last August. The rumors have been fueled further by the fact that since the time of his first operation, he has made few appearances and considerably curtailed his public speeches.

Earlier this month, the Sudanese leader travelled to Saudi Arabia where he underwent another “minor and successful operation” to remove a lipoma in his throat, according to state media which also said he has recovered.

However, Bashir’s brother Abdullahi Al-Bashir, a physician, later admitted that his younger sibling was suffering from a tumor in his throat but insisted that medical tests proved that the swelling is benign.

This month he was reportedly more than an an hour late to the opening ceremony Islamic Movement (IM) convention attended by Islamist figures from all over the world.

His health situation also appears to have contributed to the unleashing of a power struggle within his ruling National Congress Party (NCP), whose long-simmering internal divisions surfaced on Thursday when the authorities said they arrested a number of military individuals associated with the regime, including ex-spy chief Salah Gosh, on charges of planning a coup.

Bashir has been ruling Sudan since taking power in an Islamist-backed 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, led to the death of 300,000 people and displacement of 2.7 million in 2003-2004.

The ICC ruling has restricted Al-Bashir to traveling to non-signatories to the Rome Statute, which mostly includes Arab states such as Saudi Arabia and Qatar.

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  • 27 November 2012 07:37, by Akol Liai Mager

    Fugitive Bashir is currently in a Coma at King Faisal’s Hospital in Riyadth. I wish him good health as I would terribly be disappointed if he die before Hague. No one would best answer the question why his regime took 8 million Sudanese lives other than him. Hague is the appropriate pathway to Heaven or Hell for Bashir.

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    • 27 November 2012 08:19, by zulu

      Beshir, you can finally meet your victims at gates of hades. Justice will be served to the fullest. Rest in pieces. We know you are not in khartoum but are in Saudia for medical attention. This year will be your final year to live on earth. And Jesus will judge you as you killed his people on earth.

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      • 27 November 2012 09:25, by Johndumo14

        This is the end of era.
        Bashir thinks by going to Saudi arabia Kings hospital,he will be treated well,because ,he can`t trust western hospitals. What happened to Yasir Arafat ,it will happen to him.He will be pisoned ,Sudanese are there in saudia ,south sudanese are there,waiting for him.While he is away the army generals must announce a new government in khartoum NOW

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    • 27 November 2012 08:19, by zulu

      Beshir, you can finally meet your victims at gates of hades. Justice will be served to the fullest. Rest in pieces. We know you are not in khartoum but are in Saudia for medical attention. This year will be your final year to live on earth. And Jesus will judge you as you killed his people on earth.

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    • 27 November 2012 08:24, by South South

      Northern Sudanese,
      Your gay and killer Bashir is dying. This is very sweet at this time. We will have 4 new countries in Sudan next year( Nuba Mountains country, Blue Nile Country, Darfur country and Eastern Sudan country). Penguins are going to start fighting for power soon, then our Almighty Israel will move in and do whatever they want to do in Sudan. Let him die.

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      • 27 November 2012 08:33, by South South

        Northern Sudanese,
        When Bashir dies and Sudan breaks down to more than 10 countries, you are welcome to Juba and we will give you a job to help you because you accept that you are black man even though you said bad things about your color. Look to Somali, it was one of the stable country in Africa, but the moment the join Arab League, no more peace in Somali. Arab color is bad and stupid.

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    • 27 November 2012 08:55, by Big Boy

      Oh my god, ncp are lias to the world that Bashir has return from Suadia Arabia, but he still recovery there, later you will hear the president he has die in suadi not in kharoum.Africa leaders always die in office,like amongs those who die in the office after,Ghana, Malawi,Zambia and amongs other’s leader’s Ethiopia president,who don’t want to give up the office till they die!!!!!!!!!!cowadis,

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    • 27 November 2012 09:19, by Dinkawarrior

      Liai Manger!
      Even though he is in Khartoum, he will never escape the death before the New Year. All the doors of lives have been closed for him except the Gate of Hell.

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    • 27 November 2012 09:19, by Abikacha

      Don’t be surprise to hear breaking news any minutes from now, wish him minimal health as I do not want him to die b4 answering to his crimes committed against humanity !

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    • 27 November 2012 09:20, by Dinkawarrior

      Liai Manger!
      Even though he is in Khartoum, he will never escape the death before the New Year. All the doors of lives have been closed for him except the Gate of Hell.

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    • 27 November 2012 09:22, by Dinkawarrior

      Akol Liai Manger!
      Even though he is in Khartoum, he will never escape the death before the New Year. All the doors of lives have been closed for him except the Gate of Hell.

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    • 27 November 2012 12:09, by Gabriel KK

      Akol,
      You are absolutely right. Bashir has created mess and endless troubles in both Sudans and he must be held accountable for everythings before the court. therefore I wish him a quick recovery in his hospital bed in Saudi Arabia.

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    • 27 November 2012 13:54, by akid malual

      go to hell comrade Bashir, the south oil begine appear in your dammn illness continous face your steal south oil.

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    • 27 November 2012 16:30, by Johndumo14

      Oh god Allah,iam now sick in hospital,it is better to die than to live. I have killed million black during my time of presidency,but now i have too much problem to solv.Rebellion in the country,south sudan is attacking in the south,and from darfur,from blue nile,opposition parties are planning coup de,tat,i have no children,the inter. court is waiting for me ,Uganda,and Israel,Alah take my life.

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      • 27 November 2012 20:54, by apiu-marial

        johndumo
        u re so funny bro, keep up, that de really story of him,the lion after him while climing up the tree, the dengerious snake waiting 4 him while he went jump into the river, three dengerious crocodies open their mouce only allah to take him hahahahah
        funny story

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  • 27 November 2012 07:38, by Michael Angelo

    ICC can still arrest your dead body Mr. Bashir.

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  • 27 November 2012 07:48, by Ruach

    Lol,they are going to announce his death tomorrow,he is not alive any more

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    • 27 November 2012 08:36, by Paul Ongee

      Bashir is trying to heed doctor’s warning of not yelling and dancing at a rally/conference if he wants to live, talk and defend himself in The Hague. Phoning Juba is not a problem but indiscriminate and provocative bombing in the South is the core issue of dishonoring “Cooperation Agreement (CA)”. Perhaps the last kick of a dying horse.

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  • 27 November 2012 08:35, by Padiet Deng Alony

    His friend Meles Zenawi has gone and bashir the same way.
    No any king or any president in this world will escape the death and they will there go and meet with those whom they have killed.

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  • 27 November 2012 09:03, by Lotoroboy

    WHERE IS JALLABA ASS? COMMENT ON THIS ARTICLE ABOUT YOUR UNCLE HUMAR BESHIT SICKNESS.
    Lotoroboy

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  • 27 November 2012 12:08, by Joseph Canada

    The cockroach is still a live people. don’t celebrate un till the DR. Pull the Tubes.
    Please cancer, clear the Cockroach!!!! ..

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    • 27 November 2012 13:04, by sudani ana

      Get well soon president Bashir
      I wish you a speedy recovery.
      To all low-life Southernors who are rejoicing at news of his illness, we all must die one day. He is 68 years old, most of you Southernors wouldn’t live to that age. Whether Bashir dies or not, nothing will change in Sudan. He is just a person. Still no oil export until you stop supporting rebels in Sudan.

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      • 27 November 2012 13:30, by South South

        Sudani ana,
        Your ass is shaking now about this news of dying criminal Bashir, He must die now and no one will care about his death. Yes, Sudan will face horrible situation and may break to 10 countries. Sub-human are in North Sudan including you. Let the htief, criminal and killer of innocents people dies.

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      • 28 November 2012 03:30, by Alier

        Sudan Ana, you seem to have no idea that the high-life you have been living had been cut off! The people you appear to make fun of now; are the very same people who made you to have the life you are bragging about. The question to you now is; how is life now in Sudan after almost a year without oil from South Sudan? >>>>>

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        • 28 November 2012 03:34, by Alier

          Now; Mr. Sudani ana, let’s come to the world of reality; who are the low-life people in both countries now? How could you be so blinded by arrogant to not see or know the facts right at your noses? The world has the dumbest people but never expected the dumbness to this degree!

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  • 27 November 2012 13:01, by kuac Agol

    Bashir is the most waited person in the heaven by the people whom he killed in the war between South Sudan and in Darfur
    He was thinking that he would never died but death is inevitable for him and he will enter the ICC he he is dodging on Earth ,thanks be to God who will judge him very soon
    Thanks

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  • 27 November 2012 14:10, by mudfish

    Sudanese
    There is no way to run from tear & sorrow but they r not de shelter or de cure,but only faith,faith in god is only way z could,led u through,sorrow rivers 4 those who left u so remember,with ur faith only in god & his justice u can face de lose of ur shield z used to protect u,so make this faith is ur remaining shield,may god help u in your sorrow & cure u fom the burning pain.

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  • 27 November 2012 14:18, by mudfish

    jalaba
    Bashir will die!!! but before I expresses my consolations for your lost father supplication god the most merciful to accept his as one of bad and open for him the door to hell.

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  • 27 November 2012 15:05, by Anti Terror Anti

    Very very very sad news!!! President Bhashir just past away 2 hours ago from VIP hospital in Suadi Arabia. anonymous web-site source published. it is really dark moment to our brothers Sudanese, plis have my condolense.

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  • 27 November 2012 15:35, by panchol

    Wow! Almighty God knows who usually disturb His children greater Sudan, but I wish he wild have trial in the court more especially Black African of Nuba, Darfur and South Blue.

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  • 27 November 2012 15:38, by panchol

    Wow! Almighty God knows who usually disturb His children greater Sudan, but I wish he wild have trial in the court more especially Black African of Nuba, Darfur and South Blue.

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  • 27 November 2012 16:35, by Kikiji longiro

    What is seen dirty in Al Bashir,s death,he is not going to die like a national leader or father of all.OH MY GOD JESUS! WHAT IS THE USE OF HOLDING THOSE MILLIAREDS IN MELISIAYA BANK? I WISH HIS TWO NUER ADOPTED CHILDERN WILL OWN THEM.AL Bashir you would have taken little & give so much respect to all Sudanese because Allah doesn,t know you in person.Now, see you are going to die like a toy.

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  • 27 November 2012 16:48, by Kikiji longiro

    I HOPE YOU ARE HOLDING STRONGLY THE KEY HAYATALALLAH KOMENIANI ISSUED FOR THE JEHADISH WORRIORS IN THE WAR BETWEEN IRAN & IRAQ FOR OPENING THEIR DOORS IN THE HEAVEN.PLEASE OMER AL BASHIR RESERVE FOR ME A ROOM BESIDE YOU ALTHOUGH I AM A LOVELY CHRISTIAN WORLDWIDE WHO HAVE NEVER NEVER RESPECT KILLERS.BUT IN YOU I WANT TO SEE THE HEAVEN & ALL IT,S SWEETNESS.
    KIKIJI

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  • 27 November 2012 18:42, by Mapuor

    Bashir is truly suffering from malignant tumors not benign ones.Cancer is a terminal disease and prognosis is always bad.May almighty God rest his soul in eternal peace for it is written you should not judge yourselves else you will be judged in the same way you judge others.

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