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Sudan’s PCP insists on Islamic constitution as ruling NCP steps up rhetoric against opposition charter

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January 8, 2013 (KHARTOUM) – The students arm of the opposition Popular Congress Party (PCP) rejected a clause included in the newly signed opposition charter saying it suggests a separation of religion and the state.

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Islamist opposition leader Hassan al-Turabi of the Popular Congress Party (PCP) (Reuters)

PCP along with most major Sudanese opposition parties and armed rebel groups signed the charter nicknamed "New Dawn" in Uganda last weekend which makes its explicit goal to overthrow the regime dominated by the ruling National Congress Party (NCP).

The signatories called for establishing a democratic state that does not mix religion with politics. It also speaks on the need to address issues of justice especially related to crimes allegedly committed by the regime in Darfur and South Kordofan. They also call for respecting religious and cultural diversity.

In a statement released on Tuesday night, PCP students said they "categorically reject any reference to the separation of religion from political life or even marginalizing it and that this issue is a fundamental principle that cannot be overlooked under any circumstances or pressure whether it be internal or external".

The press release said that the "New Dawn" accord contains provisions "contrary to the principles of the Islamic movement" as well as agreements signed by the forces of National Consensus Forces (NCF) in the "Democratic Alternative Document" of which the PCP is a signatory".

PCP students stressed their adherence to the NCF deal saying it postpones any disagreement while focusing on the goal of toppling the regime of president Omer Hassan al-Bashir who came into power in 1989.

Al-Turabi who is the PCP chief was the coup’s mastermind but fell out with Bashir a decade later moving him to become of the regime’s fiercest critics. He was in and out of jail for extended time periods following his dispute with the Sudanese president.

A few months ago al-Turabi said he remains committed to the goal of an Islamic constitution while saying that the NCP regime is "Un-Islamic". This puts him in rare agreement with Bashir and other government officials who say that application of Islamic Shar’ia law is non-negotiable.

PCP students also objected to a four year interim period following the ouster of the regime saying it should be limited to a year. They pointed out that that they reached an understanding with other parties that the transitional period should not exceed two and a half years adding that it is enough time for political parties to prepare for elections.

They also took exception to the use of arms in the struggle against the regime insisting that they are committed to peaceful means only.

The position of PCP students which appears to be also endorsed by the party’s leadership deals another blow to the charter after the National Umma Party (NUP) also expressed reservations yesterday to the accord they signed as well.

Later the Political Secretary General of the PCP said that they did not authorize their representatives to sign but to simply conduct a dialogue with other powers and particularly rebel movements. He concurred with the PCP students organization’s position.

In Khartoum an NCP official lambasted the "New Dawn" charter saying it is actually the manifesto of the Sudan revolutionary Front (SRF) which is comprised mainly of the armed rebel groups.

The NCP organizational sector chief Hamed Sideeg said that the talk about alleged war crimes committed in different part of Sudan clearly carries "Zionist" fingerprints similar to the Holocaust in Germany and the Apartheid in South Africa.

Sideeg urged the opposition parties to determine their position on their representatives who signed it and on the issue of separating religion from the state.

In a related issue, the Just Peace Forum (JPF) rightwing party led by Al-Tayeb Mustafa slammed the charter and called on the government to mobilize the people for "Jihad" against it.

Mustafa, who is Bashir’s uncle, also said that Khartoum should arm South Sudan rebels in response to what he said was Juba’s support to rebel groups in Sudan.

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  • 9 January 2013 10:02, by william mawien

    Nothing more to urge jalaba
    just topple that criminal regime and everything will be over ;;;;;;;;national criminal party
    national gay party;;;???;)

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    • 9 January 2013 12:00, by aguotwany@live.com

      Mr. Mawien , there is not way I cannot our government Under this period of today. The ( New Down) indeed the words chosen if there Bashir and it’s allies are equip still they cannot survive this mere ideas. Dr. John Garang and with strong armies behind fuck Khartoum indeed time has come. Let work to support men and women in uniforms to take the Jalaba out for good and start pressure what they done

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      • 9 January 2013 12:13, by Nuer Dominated Liberation of South Sudan

        Mr.Aguot,..or Kuot or Juok mean dog in Nuer: U need to thinks twice, Garang was not a vision, it was a illution, and that Illustion will never come to existing, why?? Nuba,Darfure, and Arab plus Middle where fighting Southern Sudanese while we got no support from anywhere. Watch, where can we survive of New Sudan?? It was a stupid,and visionless ideas. If it was not 1997 Khartoum Peace Accord.

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        • 9 January 2013 12:16, by Nuer Dominated Liberation of South Sudan

          Darfure,Nuba Mt will never wake up. They were black muslim,and they hated any christian. it doesn’t matter where from. Finally now ,they wake up. South Sudan got an indepedent...it’s to late to Join Darfure,Nuba,and Blue Nile. where are they when John Garang was on their Side of history???? Only Riek,and other Nassir Factions Commander wanted South Sudan Indepedent.

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          • 9 January 2013 13:38, by aguotwany@live.com

            Dear Nuer Dominated, the opposit to it your saying right but do not forget building history require one person then whoever follow is part of change. Therefore it better that we need to stand where can be fulfill by mission and we can talk and let it a document of support of truth and with it’ s principle began era. South, Sudan will and already has open everybody across Sudanese minds . Change !

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        • 9 January 2013 12:27, by aguotwany@live.com

          Look , dear Nuer-dominated, we have to explain and give credit to whoever fought and off Course Dr. John with objection is the mastermind of the mission. Please let do what is best for the people of South, Sudan everybody who has paid tribute to the liberation and you could be one of them. We cannot denied anyone earned idea and we have to develove that idea to become bigger instead denying .

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        • 10 January 2013 00:02, by Paulino Miabek de Minyiel.

          Hey, folks, Nuer Dominated + Aguot. We guys needs to relax when it’s comes to this point. We don’t need to fight each other, about what so ever one or more of our leaders has done wether it’s a vision or something else. Khartoum peace agreement, CPA and Addis Ababa agreement,if one or two agreemnets failed.It’s doesn’t meant that those agrrements were not a real an agreements-continued

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          • 10 January 2013 00:12, by Paulino Miabek de Minyiel.

            But,they were simply dishonored by the NIF in Khartoum. these son of bitches or an Arabs gays a watching us on this news forum. Therefore, let’s unite and fight them to the death.Thugs in Khartoum aren’t really listening. NO more Khartoum baarii! Only Khartoum thokuun now. Guys North Sudan is under fire, Nuba,Darfur, Misseriya,Beja,Fuj are fighting the damn government.Sudan is a Country of bullets

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  • 9 January 2013 15:00, by barbayo

    Al Teyab Masufa ,yuo still follow South Sudan, where is your son now , you sent him to south Sudan for Jahid, But it goog that South Sudanese are seriouse they sent your son hell.even you and your uncle Bashir, if you try again they will send to the same hell where son was there.

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  • 9 January 2013 15:08, by barbayo

    Soon soon ,Bashir his dogs will be in other world.

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    • 9 January 2013 16:36, by no peace with north

      Jalaba will find the cave to hiding very soon you already seen SPLA-N, Dafur rebel, blue nile have signed these Arab plus their delude religion will disappear completely they always say sharia-law it was the kill way created by criminal mohamade and also gay at the same time this culture

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      • 9 January 2013 16:49, by no peace with north

        I cannot belive at all and that is why we close dinka to Arab we were not made termarry with them because the way their conduct Islamic is not understandable they said Qoran can not be translate into another language while God created each language to each tribe how can gay mohamade change the whole world into one language Arabic and God did made it like that do you think criminal mohamade

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      • 9 January 2013 16:49, by no peace with north

        I cannot belive at all and that is why we close dinka to Arab we were not made termarry with them because the way their conduct Islamic is not understandable they said Qoran can not be translate into another language while God created each language to each tribe how can gay mohamade change the whole world into one language Arabic and God did made it like that do you think criminal mohamade

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        • 9 January 2013 17:09, by no peace with north

          Do you think criminal mohamade is clever than God? that is why we refuse your useless culture we close dinka.when you go to Dinka Malual-giirnyang, Dinka Panaruu, Dinka Ageer Dinka Biemnhom Dinka Gorial you cannot find any single Muselim at all it is because your culture is not tolerate with us. if gay mohamade was create this culture in a good manner we could have been join

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  • 10 January 2013 05:33, by akoonapg

    Lol this is funny, such confused Jalaba, it is already proven you can not have religion and Government together, of Islam was truly the religion of God then the good people of South Sudan would not have separated. If these rebels do not learn to accept that religion does not belong with Government then there will be a long and hard civil war among the North, and it will be fueled like fire by the

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  • 10 January 2013 05:35, by akoonapg

    USA,NATO and the zionist regime of Israel, they have an agenda towards us we are just not yet sure what it is.

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  • 10 January 2013 06:35, by Mapuor

    Our brothers should have a look at the world’s history. The Crusade,Islamic conquests,reconquisita,1st and second world wars,you learn alot from those wars.Their are Muslims in America and Europe today,something that was almost undreamt of those days.Sudan should accept and live in diversity.

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  • 10 January 2013 06:35, by Mapuor

    Our brothers should have a look at the world’s history. The Crusade,Islamic conquests,reconquisita,1st and second world wars,you learn alot from those wars.Their are Muslims in America and Europe today,something that was almost undreamt of those days.Sudan should accept and live in diversity.

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