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Bashir’s independence day speech falls short of expectations

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January 1, 2013 (KHARTOUM) – In his most high profile appearance since his health woes started late last year, the Sudanese president Omer Hassan al-Bashir’s speech today disappointed many who expected him to unveil some initiatives amid heightened politician and economic pressures.

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Sudanese president Omer Hassan al-Bashir addressing supporters at the site of Ruseiris dam in Blue Nile state January 1 2013 (TV footage)

In the days before the turn of the year Sudan state media announced that Bashir will deliver an "important" speech to the nation from Blue Nile State on the occasion of Sudan’s 57th independence day and also the completion of the heightening of the Ruseiris dam. TV stations sent technical and logistical teams to the state to cover the highly anticipated event.

But Bashir’s speech which lasted approximately fifteen minutes and at times was interrupted by cheers of supporters contained nothing new.

The Sudanese leader called on armed rebels across the country and abroad to throw down their arms and return home to a nation "which accommodates everybody".

He also implored all Sudanese factions to join the constitution drafting process and vowed not to censor any views in the process of determining how the country is to be governed in the future.

On relations with South Sudan Bashir stressed that his government allowed the new nation to secede last year "for the sake of peace". He reaffirmed Khartoum’s willingness to implement cooperation deals signed with Juba so that the borders are used for exchanging mutual benefits and social relations.

The Sudanese president also confirmed the government’s intention to bring back the state of West Kordofan which has been abolished and integrated into South Kordofan as a result of the 2005 Comprehensive Peace Agreement (CPA).

West Kordofan is home to the Arab Misseriya tribe and contains more than half a dozen oilfields.

South Kordofan and Blue Nile are scene of conflict between rebels of the Sudan People Liberation Movement North (SPLM-N) and the Sudanese army.

During the first months of conflict in South Kordofan, some foreign envoys pressed Khartoum to re-divide South Kordofan into two states and to appoint the SPLM-N candidate Abdel Aziz Al-Hilu in South Kordofan while Ahmed Haroun be appointed governor of West Kordofan, after which the popular consultation clause of the CPA can be held.

The disputed area of Abyei is also part of West Kordofan state.

The SPLM-N has accused Khartoum of recreating the state for political and ethnic reasons which primarily includes enlisting the Misseriya tribe against rebels in South Kordofan.

The Sudanese president today promised that they will soon celebrate ridding the Blue Nile state from SPLM-N rebels.

Bashir did not address the issue of the coup attempt uncovered last November which involved senior army and security officers including former intelligence chief Salah Gosh. Dozens of mid-level and junior ranking officers were arrested in the aftermath.

The coup attempt sent shockwaves throughout Sudan and particularly within the ruling National Congress Party (NCP) and its Islamist base.

Many expected the Sudanese leader to use today’s celebrations to pardon the detainees who are still being investigated and have yet to be brought before court.

The Sudanese leader also did not tackle the growing economic difficulties faced by individuals and businesses in the form of soaring inflation levels and deteriorating value of the pound.

Some observers have suggested that today’s speech was meant to dispel rumors about Bashir’s health in light of his curtailed schedule and canceled appearances at several events.

Bashir’s voice today was marked by a noticeable hoarseness and appeared strained at times prompting him to drink water during the speech.

Sudanese officials insist that Bashir is in good health but that doctors asked him to reduce his workload and appearances as well as rest his voice. He has underwent two surgeries last year in Qatar and Saudi Arabia to remove what his brother said was benign tumor in his throat.

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  • 2 January 2013 09:04, by Pinyin Gatkuoth

    Hi torreros Bashir do you think that u will reach the coming Rain? the bload of true African peaple is curse u now that is why ur are sick any days my dear. it’t a time for really sons of Africa now like SPLA/M,SLM and SPLA N. ur time Arab or Donkey eaten is finish.

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    • 2 January 2013 09:11, by Jeti

      Great speech and forget all the disputed areas.

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      • 2 January 2013 09:58, by EES Kingmaker

        Jeti,
        You are spot-on. Bashir must forget all disputed areas, including those in South Sudan. Laying illegal territorial claims to those areas will keep Bashir and his cohorts as rogue leaders unworthy of respect at the international community level.

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      • 2 January 2013 12:57, by daniell

        Border demarcation is something which Bashir is looking forward to win in Africa union high level implementation panel.Regardless of his health he is aiming to convince auhlip.

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      • 3 January 2013 06:36, by Lotodo Awino Odug

        Look like the cancer had spread through his arms,What is needed is a brave man to lay the casket next to him,so he can stumble into it on the highway to hell.

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    • 2 January 2013 10:48, by Mading Makuac

      Brother,
      You are true because Bashiir days are numbered .Very soon he
      will follow those people whom he mistreat unless he changes
      that style of leadership .GOD will remove him from that leadership he now enjoying!!

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  • 2 January 2013 09:06, by Ayom Ayom

    Thanks Bashir, for your speech, it sound better, we need peace and need each other.

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    • 2 January 2013 09:15, by Thel Mangardit

      My dear Ayom x 2
      I did not see any sound made by Bashir, even if Bashir make Sound, it always in the proverb says, empty drum make noisy.

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      • 2 January 2013 09:27, by Ayom Ayom

        Hi Thel M,
        I understand you concern, we all know that whatever Bashir said don’t implement. But he spoken good this time by asking the rebels to join government and participate in draft constitution, that’s an Amnesty as president Kiir did to his southern rebels. In additions to that , he promise to implement the cooperation agreement signed in Ethiopia with out per-condition and threatening wor

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        • 2 January 2013 09:50, by EES Kingmaker

          Ayom,
          Bashir asking rebels to lay down their arms and be part of constitutional process is just a public relations exercise. He is one of the Presidents known for unforgiving attitude towards his critics and enemies. Do you think Bashir will give the rebels or unarmed oppositions the voice to make new political dispensations?

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      • 2 January 2013 17:59, by Teng wa

        hi everybody! wat this bic being talking abt?

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  • 2 January 2013 09:08, by Thel Mangardit

    That is the disadvantages of being not listening to International Community, if you did so then there will be no any shame/shy. and I believe that the independence of 1956 was celebrate by South Sudanese people.
    South Sudan oyee, South Sudan oyee,South Sudan oyee.
    wait for date 9th January 2013 and see how the celebration of South Sudan will smart.

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  • 2 January 2013 09:11, by Dinka Dominated SPLA/M

    The Sudanese Pound has fellend to day one dollar is equall to 7,7 Sudanese pound, poor former country, why did south punished you by sanctions,
    Ahah ahaha haahha haahha poor country with no source of income apart from south Sudan, we refused to pay the promised we plead to help you. Ahaha ha, death to your fake weak economy, quall fail terrorist government. Which is out come of Bashir death,

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    • 2 January 2013 09:27, by omoni jr.

      we are working hard in order to gather some valuable information and find out your hideouts location, so that your notorious criminal mind answer some question related political commentator Isiah Abraham, you and presidential security squads will be held responsible for that tragedy you tried to escaped.
      Insa ALLAH

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      • 2 January 2013 09:41, by Dinka Dominated SPLA/M

        Someday you will die, and until you know that, you’re useless to me, how stupid are you ? You carp poor boy to me, we will not killed and invited FBI if you are idiot, wait and you will know the killer,
        Go to Congo Uganda foreigner, ,

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        • 2 January 2013 10:40, by Rezingving monynok

          hey poor butterfly or
          Dinka dominated spla/m
          be educate first ,and learn how to comment on issues,or topics ,
          you are really messing our site ,
          thank you for your cooperation in advance .

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    • 2 January 2013 09:40, by EES Kingmaker

      Bahsir is haunted by series of formidable rebellions: Darfur, Blue Nile and South Korodfan conflicts. How do you expect him to give a nice speech if his regime is also under fire and he can go to ICC any time? Truly Bashir is overburdened by his health-related problems, ecnomic collapse,enemies within his party NCP and continuous Sudan status as a pariah state at different global levels.

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  • 2 January 2013 10:47, by Jalaby
    • 2 January 2013 10:52, by Mading Makuac

      JALABY
      What do you mean by posting these pictures?

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      • 2 January 2013 12:35, by Northern Sudanese

        Mading Makuac
        We mean something opposite to that what the newspaper is trying to say.
        development is happening all over sudan.
        whats the latest development of south sudan?

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    • 2 January 2013 11:11, by Jalaby

      What really great great achievement?!!
      Let me first thanks our Arab brothers in the Gulf Countries who financed this big and essential project because without them this glorious project will never ever see the light and it would just stay a dream in Sudanese people imagination, Thanks to Kuwait first as usual and then Saudi, UAE and Islamic Bank of Development.

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      • 2 January 2013 11:18, by Jalaby


        I also praise the efforts of the Chinese company (CCMD), the contractor and consultant German company (Lahmeyer) and the Australian company (SMEC) who finished the work on schedule. Roseires Dam became one of the world’s longest dam with a length of 25 km, the dam storage capacity is estimated at 6 million cubic metres.

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        • 2 January 2013 11:25, by Jalaby


          The main difference between Maroe dam and Roseires dam that Maroe dam was mainly built for generating electricity while Roseires dam is built for agriculture first and then electricity second.
          Apart from the huge electricity that this dam with 7 turbines will generate, it will add 2 million acres and guarantees a constant irrigation to them during the whole year when

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          • 2 January 2013 11:30, by Jalaby


            the two projects of Dendir & Rahad channel are completed, these projects were on hold all this time because they’re waiting for the dam to finish and now the dream has become true!
            This dam will change Sudanese lives radically and will open the door wide for new flourish economy future!

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            • 3 January 2013 06:05, by Bilpam Land & Itang are Roots of South Sudan.

              hello Jalaby don’t take like money , which projects are you getting from while you don’t have any resources stupids Arabs.

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          • 2 January 2013 22:45, by Observer

            Jalaby,
            Yes it will do what you say but the 2 million acres have been given to Qatar as payment for their investment in our country. Go read the agreement and you will see that there will be very little benefit to Sudan at all.

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  • 2 January 2013 11:05, by Pif Paf

    This website is such a conspiracy. It makes heightening of the Rosieris dam look like a bad thing. Why not talk about the benefits of this dam? And since when did drinking water in between a speech imply someone is sick?
    Sudantribune need’s to practice good journalism ethics or change it’s name should it choose to continue to pursue its conspiracy policy against Sudan.
    Happy Independence Day

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  • 2 January 2013 11:08, by Pinyin Gatkuoth

    the development that u show us is nonsence to us my dear b/c u did it before independece of South Sudan. I don’t think that,there will be new thing again in Sudan North to show development after Separations b/n us.
    don’t decieve’s S.S for ur useless word son of thieve.

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    • 2 January 2013 11:40, by Pif Paf

      Pinyin Gatkuoth,
      Here r a few projects complete after south secession for you to drool on.
      1.Inaugurated hadeda oil field & accompanying projects
      2.Started production from the one billion USD White Nile Sugar Factory.
      3.Completed the heightening of rossiers dam.
      4. Inaugurated Khartoum Gold refinery.
      To name a few. And we only getting started.

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    • 2 January 2013 12:29, by Northern Sudanese

      Pinyin Gatkuoth
      as pif paf just gave you a list of developments in sudan, tell us what development happened in south sudan? lol
      all we have seen is cattle raiding...

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      • 2 January 2013 15:12, by Nibs

        I believe, it’ll be more healthier for you guys to develop your own online flatform.where you’ll publish every lie and nonsense.post those fascinating pictures and hope for people to believe your reporting is credible.otherwise, stop chattering like monkey.It’s really that simple!

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        • 2 January 2013 15:32, by Northern Sudanese

          Nibs
          hahahha you monkeys are so hilarious, please tell us what was the latest development of south sudan? your proper jealous loooool fake fascinating pictures right? lies and nonsense right? chattering like monkeys you insect?
          watch in tears BITCH https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nW-K82g2GgI&list=PL051C921E5A0DAE37&index=25

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          • 2 January 2013 17:33, by Nibs

            N.cockroache.
            What is wrong with your IQ?you usually ask the same quiz and get answers!what about your bitch sister impending deal with me,are you not afraid?!look here Mr. Illiterate,create your own online website,deceive all stupid idiots in khartoum because all they want to hear is Sudan is at the same level economically with USA,China,Brazil and so on.you’ll soon be rich!

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            • 2 January 2013 20:16, by Northern Sudanese

              Nibsishitbitchy
              oooh you dark insect whore, you going a bit to far with your illiterate nonsense.calling me illiterate? your shithole has the highest illiteracy rate in the world, no wonder yo dark bold headed mama keeps telling you to go and raid cows!
              yes i ask the same question, what was the latest development in your shithole? i never get an answer because your either to dumb or to poor! lol

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            • 2 January 2013 20:28, by Northern Sudanese

              who are you calling idiots? those who are building roads, factories ,dams ect...or those who keep raiding cows, shooting down UN helicopter and filling heads with nonsense???
              don’t worry, i believe your so dumb that salva can make you believe that your now the new world superpower with your 300,000 b/d loool
              south sudan got the highest illiteracy rate in the world and calling us dumb you whore?

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              • 2 January 2013 21:05, by Nibs

                N.cockroache alais Rotten anus,
                "your either to dumb or to poor.." correct English LOL!come on son of prostitute.what you’ve wrote is neither slang nor pidgin but pure illiteracy of pretender.besides,how is your sister half-clitory juicy rotten pussy?is it fine or stinking maggotty?!....

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                • 2 January 2013 21:28, by Nibs

                  ...from a reliable source in khartoum,you are a very poor ugly cockroache.the kind uses by Islamic extremists to carry out suicide bomb.you’re unspeakable undoubtedly lunatic who hide behind realities.

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  • 2 January 2013 22:50, by Observer

    Nibs,
    N Sudanese is one of many employed by our government to monitor websites and to refute anything that is not what our government wants to be said.
    Some are based in Khartoum and others in our main embassy;s around the world such as in the USA, UK etc. In the UK they have fancy titles such as the press attache - in other places they are just ordinary small time clerks with big time egos.

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  • 3 January 2013 17:06, by Makuer Marou Manok

    it better for Mr. Bashir to give the position of presidency to Sudanese as he is not able to govern well. To die in the office like rat die in the hole is not good. Sudan is belong to Sudanese not belong to Bashir and Sudan is not Omer. Without Bashir there would be still Sudan. I thank him because of allowing us to secede but dislike the Killing of innocent people of Blue Nile and Kordofan.

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