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January 5, 2013 (KHARTOUM) - Sudanese opposition forces and rebel groups agreed Saturday on a charter to topple the regime of the National Congress Party (NCP) and to jointly rule the country before to hold democratic elections.

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Farouk Abu Eissa (C), leader of the opposition alliance, talks to reporters with other opposition leaders on 12 June 2012 (ST)

Representatives of the opposition National Consensus Forces (NCF) and the rebel Sudanese Revolutionary Front (SRF) met during five days in the Ugandan capital Kampala to discuss ways to reunite their efforts to bring down the NCP regime.

Despite sharing a common goal the two sides diverged over the use of arms against the government. Also, the threat of armed movements to attack the capital and transfer the conflict to big towns discouraged the Sudanese street to move against the regime, analysts say.

The fear and distrust among the two opposition sides neutralized them and gave the regime a bigger margin to manipulate the public opinion over the intentions of the political forces and rebel groups.

NCF, SRF delegates and a number of women, youth and civil society groups signed on Saturday a 15 page document called "New Dawn Charter", calling to overthrow the regime through political and armed struggle.

The signed document however provides that the rebel alliance will support the "peaceful mass action and its transformation to a peaceful popular uprising and a key tool to bring down the regime".

The SRF also committed itself to announce an immediate and comprehensive cease-fire after the fall of the regime.

In a statement extended to Sudan Tribune SPLM-N secretary general Yasir Arman said the signatories of the first political charter since 2005 "agreed to reinforce a peaceful uprising by a joint action".

The Umma National Party was very critical to the use of arms to topple the regime saying it may disintegrate the country. It also questioned the efficiency of such approach in a country traumatised by civil wars.

The Umma party of Sadiq Al-Mahdi and the SPLM-N signed last November a joint statement calling to prioritize the non-violent action.

The signatories further decided to form a transitional council to coordinate between them and to present this document to the Sudanese people and the international community but also it would prepare the interim government after toppling the NCP’s regime.

The Charter also calls to establish solid relations with the newly independent South Sudan based p, the shared interests, social and historic relations. The signatories also pledge to cooperate closely on the different fields with Juba in a way to reunite the two nations on new basis.

The New Dawn Charter, on the other hand, includes different dispositions about the central and regional governments during the 4-year interim period where a national parliament is to be constituted and a large national unity government led by a president will be formed.

The transitional assembly will prepare a new constitution after debating over issues related to relationship between the religion and the state, the voluntary unity between the different regions, unity in diversity and land ownership, among others.

All the opposition forces except the Popular Congress Party say they are for the "Civilian State" an expression used to designate the need to maintain a clear line between politics and religion in Sudan.

The issue of the land is included to address the demand of Darfur groups to expel Arab groups who arrived during the recent years to the region while the voluntary unity principle comes in response to a recent demand some SPLM-N members particularly from the Nuba Mountains raised to preserve their cultural heritage.

The African Union mediation proposed to hold direct talks between the Sudanese government and the SPLM-N but Khartoum rejects the offer asking the rebels to lay down their arms.

Also, the government since the independence of South Sudan called on the opposition forces to engage consultations over a new constitution but it refuses their demand to dissolve the current parliament and to form a new national government before to discuss a new fundamental law.

The Umma party says the national process towards a democratic transition in the country should also include the ruling National Congress Party. But, it is not clear how a national forum gathering the rebel and the government together with the opposition forces can be organised.

(ST)

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  • 6 January 2013 12:10, by DANDHEL

    What is the prove that the Sudanese Opposition and Rebel group meet in Uganda?? All this 8 months old picture show nothing... Show us the new evident picture that have been taken from Uganda that show the opposition have meet...otherwise all this are been said by Sudantribune.com egghead..

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    • 6 January 2013 13:11, by Peacocktail

      It is Secret and for national and rebels interest.Regime change YES and involved all Sudanese in the Change process because many students have been kills in Khartuom demanding regime change. Topling by all sort of struggle, being Arms, Masive Demonstration, COups detarre, Assassinations are all options to get rite of NCP.Good development Yasir, You deserve Highly positioon is upcoming Government

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      • 7 January 2013 09:45, by okucu pa lotinokwan

        This opposition is anti peace between Khartoum and Juba,in any deals Khartoum and Juba reach to,you find oppositions groups full of telling different things,why?these had happened two to three times from now.
        OKUCU PA LOTINOKWAN

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  • 6 January 2013 13:36, by Northern Sudanese

    who is Sudan Tribune trying to fool really? don’t we all know this already???

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    • 6 January 2013 17:19, by Paulino Miabek de Minyiel.

      @Northern Sudanese, why are you talking about south Sudanese problem while you don’t even have a clue of what’s going on in your own country! Mr. Malik, Arman n Abdelaziz are on this process since. Sudan will never be the same. By Dr. Garang.

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      • 6 January 2013 20:01, by Northern Sudanese

        Paulino Miabek de Minyiel.
        did i even mention your shithole??? anyway, what i see in Sudan is new roads, new ’’dams’’, new oil fields, i don’t see those insects of SPLA/N really...

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    • 6 January 2013 17:28, by Paulino Miabek de Minyiel.

      Absolutely! This stupid NCP must go! S.P.L.A/ N oyee! Khartoum is fuck up oyee!

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    • 7 January 2013 09:46, by Rezingving monynok

      are you scared mr thief with your brother northern ,
      wait men to be chased by the midday ,it is not far from now ,

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  • 6 January 2013 14:20, by panchol

    Northern Sudanese & peackockmouth.
    "Abit. and Abit make a bundle, Oky? is it clear? NCP must leave the chair.

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  • 6 January 2013 14:48, by panchol

    peacoctail.
    in fact, what bring you here in this media? who will make cold drinks for us in the market? my advice to you! don’t deepend your labtop or cell-phone in to liquid. I thought you are in konykonyo Market. Which market are you selling Bharit? hahahahahaha. Be very far from politics, nobody will sell fruits-juice and sandwich for us. Are you with me? hahahahahaha

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    • 6 January 2013 20:03, by Northern Sudanese

      panchol
      i can’t understand about 90% of what you are saying......

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      • 6 January 2013 20:15, by zulu

        Miss Northsudanese
        Exactly> A douchebag can never understand even 95% of what a genius says.
        But to give you a 7% understanding, things are serious in Khartoum, and Africa Confidential says, conflict deepens at the core of the Khartoum regime Sadig and other opposition forces are strengthening their positions and growing more militant. So yo NCP chicks get ready to go

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      • 6 January 2013 20:15, by zulu

        Miss Northsudanese
        Exactly> A douchebag can never understand even 95% of what a genius says.
        But to give you a 7% understanding, things are serious in Khartoum, and Africa Confidential says, conflict deepens at the core of the Khartoum regime Sadig and other opposition forces are strengthening their positions and growing more militant. So yo NCP chicks get ready to go

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  • 6 January 2013 23:11, by solider

    may i ask one question? AL BASHIR GAVE YOU INDEPENDENC WITHOUT DELAY , READY MADE OIL INFRASTRUCTURES FOR FREE THAT CAN PROVIDE YOU HEALTHY AND WEALTHY FUTURE .WHAT THE REBLES GAVE SOUTH SUDAN???? ARE YOU SURE THE OPPOSITION WILL BE BETTER THAN AL BASHIR WITH YOU? PLZ THINK ABOUT IT.

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    • 7 January 2013 00:36, by mohamed mahgoub

      Mr. Solider Albashir didn’t give nobody nothing! but took what was belong to them by forcing him to sit at the negiociation table,if a southerner then r undermining ur self as ahuman being ,but if u r from north then I’m sorry for ur stupidity!

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    • 7 January 2013 03:13, by Observer

      Soldier,
      Bashir gave nothing to S Sudan that he knew that if he wanted to survive as President of Sudan that he had to.
      He was backed into a corner and had nowhere to go other than agree to the independence referendum. What he and NCP thought was that they would be able to wiggle their way out of the CPA before the 6 years was up (using various excuses) and

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      • 7 January 2013 03:16, by Observer

        when he realised tha he couldn;t do that he armed and supported S Sudan rebels and tried to buy his way out of the independence referendum.
        He and others actually didn’t believe that the referendum would actually take place and in order to get some support from the West had to publicly state that he would respect the result.

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  • 7 January 2013 06:30, by solider

    still s.sudan got ready made oil infrastructure out of bashir. the money the north got out of south is the same money u would be giving the oil companies when you try and discover the oil in the future BY YOUR SELF.at least al bashir saved you some time.imagine s.s got independence in AL MAHADI days.

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    • 7 January 2013 07:50, by Observer

      Soldier,
      Are you replying to me?
      If so I am not S Sudanese.
      Also I have no idea what you are trying to say here. Do you want to translate it into some readible English??

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  • 7 January 2013 14:07, by barbayo

    brov, your agreement make some some Sudanese start to travll outside counttry becuse of fear it be like 2008 ,soon to be.

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