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Sudan’s Umma party distances itself from new opposition charter

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January 7, 2013 (KHARTOUM) – The Sudanese National Umma Party (NUP) led by former Prime Minister Al-Sadiq al-Mahdi expressed reservations on the "New Dawn" charter signed with other opposition parties and rebel groups over the weekend.

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Al-Sadiq al-Mahdi, head of the Umma Party, the country’s largest opposition party (REUTERS/Mohamed Nureldin Abdallah)

The NUP was one of the signatories to the highly controversial accord which explicitly calls for toppling the regime and sets a vision for a new system that succeeds the government currently dominated by the ruling National Congress Party (NCP).

In a statement issued on Monday the NUP said that the politburo met to review the agreement and welcomed the comprehensive meeting for political powers to seal a deal that would bring about fair comprehensive peace and democratic transformation.

But the largest Sudanese opposition party said it rejects any clauses negatively impacting the country’s unity stressing that it does not support undermining the state but rather restructuring the current institutions.

The NUP also said it does not support resorting to violence or garnering external support for opposition goals.

The statement described the charter as "saggy" and "contradictory" requiring continuing dialogue with other political forces "to unify national vision for the new system desired".

The Sudanese government and the ruling NCP slammed the accord describing it as an attempt to rid the country of its Islamic values and seeking to establish a secular state.

In recent years the NUP, despite being nominally being part of the opposition, has been seen as warming up in recent years to the regime led by president Omer Hassan al-Bashir.

Al-Mahdi has held several meetings with top government officials including Bashir and other senior NCP figures.

The party’s leader has publicly criticized other opposition forces in several instances and last summer said the NUP does not endorse anti-government demonstrations that took place to protests austerity measures.

Furthermore, Al-Mahdi’s son Abdel-Rahman has been appointed as presidential assistant to Bashir drawing widespread dismay within the party’s base.

But the ex-PM insisted that this was his son’s own decision and that he does not represent the party in this move.

He has insisted that his goal is to hold a constitutional conference that brings all political powers including the ruling party and rebel groups together to agree on the way the country should be ruled. The NCP rejects this proposal.

Last year some members of the NUP’s politburo privately told Sudan Tribune they believe al-Mahdi has a secret pact with the NCP by which he would oppose the idea of regime change.

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  • 8 January 2013 11:17, by Jalaby

    Despite I find myself odd and on the opposite side from Umma party sometimes but I’ve to applaud and respect Mr. Al-Sadeg Al-Mahdy for being a patriot and for his responsible decision of not putting his hands on dirty traitors hands of SPLA-N!
    SPLA/M and Jonobean under John Garang leadership were to be blamed for crippling and destroying our last third democracy in

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    • 8 January 2013 11:30, by Jalaby

      Sudan when Umma party won the fair and free election in 1986 and Al-Sadeg became our prime minister! SPLA/M refused to accept the choice of Sudanese people and launched a fierce war against Al-Sadeg democratic government to topple it, during his regime, all the Equatorians cities fell under the hand of SPLA including Torit,Kapoeta,Maridi,Yampio,etc I can say the whole

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      • 8 January 2013 11:34, by Jalaby

        south cities were fell down under SPLA/M hands, SPLA/M achieved its goal of overthrowing Al-Sadeg democratic regime and ending the democratic state of Sudan and they opened the door wide for Al-Engaz to come through a coup, they gave them the legitimate reason to end the democratic process in Sudan!

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        • 8 January 2013 11:39, by Jalaby

          It’s good that the south is gone for good, the rotten part in our body, now on Sudan will move forward and we will gradually be heading back to our full democratic state because the rotten part that damage our democratic political system now is gone for good!
          Al-Sadeg is patriotic person no doubt!

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          • 8 January 2013 12:20, by Nuer Dominated Liberation of South Sudan

            I can’t talks to some one who wash his/her own ass with her five figgers, while he the same figgers he/she will eventualy use for her traditionals foods eating.
            ...what do you know about South Shit man..shit the fuckin guy arab up.
            ...lol tell the truth for south sudan to go it’s really a pain in the ass for arab niggas.

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          • 8 January 2013 15:52, by Paul Ongee

            Ya Jalaby/Abujalabiya,
            Thank you for being able to see clearly the exit of National Criminal Party (NCP) which is too close to be incredibly seen within the next few weeks not months. Competitive interpretation of Quran to govern Sudan will no longer be practiced because Mujahideens and Messeriya tribes are given financial, political and military support only during crisis.

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          • 8 January 2013 16:20, by william mawien

            How can you say that south is the rotten part of sudan yet ur economic is the worse in the whole world to south sudan succession ??????you are still crying for rich south sudan to come and it will never happen ;;;;;;;

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          • 8 January 2013 16:39, by william mawien

            How can you say that south is the rotten part of sudan yet your economy is the worse in the whole world due to south sudan ’s sucession ;;;;;;have sense man do not vomit wrong words ;;;;; south sudan is the the reason why sudan exist ;;;;;our resources were used to built khartoum now that we got our independent the the economy worst in the the whole world ;;;;;;;;;;;; you have not yet get the wor

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        • 8 January 2013 12:43, by okucu pa lotinokwan

          Jalaby,better if you can respect leaders,person like hero Dr John Garang,otherwise you are very useless person.
          OKUCU PA LOTINOKWAN

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      • 8 January 2013 13:57, by okucu pa lotinokwan

        Jalaby,your new name ’’the agent for the Arabs’’.your are a pure south Sudanese,currently settle in Carton Kassalla North-East of Khartoum Town with your gradmother from upper Nile state,God help you.
        OKUCU PA LOTINOKWAN

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        • 8 January 2013 23:51, by Political Rights

          they will changes their mine later

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      • 9 January 2013 10:22, by Logic

        Dirty Jalabia’s account of Sudanese political history is actually funny! looool
        Soon the other delusional fake Arab-inbreed-retard (N. Sudanese) will join him in distorting history. What a cute bunch, hahaha

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    • 8 January 2013 15:53, by Paul Ongee

      Ya Jalaby/Abujalabiya,
      Thank you for being able to see clearly the exit of National Criminal Party (NCP) which is too close to be incredibly seen within the next few weeks not months. Competitive interpretation of Quran to govern Sudan will no longer be practiced because Mujahideens and Messeriya tribes are recognized and given financial, political and military support only during crisis.

      repondre message

    • 8 January 2013 15:54, by Paul Ongee

      Ya Jalaby/Abujalabiya,
      Thank you for being able to see clearly the exit of National Criminal Party (NCP) which is too close to be incredibly seen within the next few weeks not months. Competitive interpretation of Quran to govern Sudan will no longer be practiced because Mujahideens and Messeriya tribes are recognized and given financial, political and military support only during crisis.

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  • 8 January 2013 16:30, by akoonapg

    This Jalaby character is very delusion, the closest North Sudan ever got to democracy was John Garang, now you fake Arabs are lost once again.
    I feel sorry for your lonely life, you like living under terrible conditions, you don’t care about the well being of your own people in the North, you only like to see money.

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  • 9 January 2013 07:28, by panchol

    Al Mahadi & his new Married jalaby.
    Go to hell. you will not get any room to rule Sudan lol! keep on begging Bashit so as to give you just chance of three months in the presidency as the one who took over in 1989.

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  • 9 January 2013 07:41, by barbayo

    Mahdi is selfishness person ,agreement made by opposition did in Uganda it was national problem to change regim,you shuold not distance yourself it, you Mahdi be with oppositions to get position ,NCP was one took set from you do you think even if you give your son to work with them , they will not allowed you my frien again to president ,it better to join the Struggling of oppostion change regim

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