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Signatories to ’New Dawn’ charter had full mandate from opposition parties: Al-Fadil


January 12, 2013 (KHARTOUM) – The representatives of opposition parties who signed the ’New Dawn’ charter in Uganda last week were fully authorized and mandated to endorse the document, an opposition figure said.

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Mubarak al-Fadil, head of the disbanded Umma Renewal and Reform Party (URRP), and a former candidate for Sudanese Presidency (AP Photo/Amr Nabil)

Mubarak al-Fadil who in 2011 disbanded his party and rejoined the National Umma Party (NUP) said in a statement today that the provisions included in the ’New Dawn’ were negotiated and agreed to by the signatories which included most major Sudanese opposition parties as well as armed movements fighting Khartoum on different fronts.

The charter aggravated the ruling National Congress Party (NCP) as it called for toppling the regime which came to power in a bloodless coup more than two decades ago.

Sudanese officials also fiercely attacked the agreement saying it is an attempt to sideline religion in the country and install a secular state.

The relation between the religion and state in Sudan has long been a sensitive and in some cases a taboo topic. The Islamist-backed NCP has persistently accused opposition parties including non-armed ones of supporting separation between religion and the state.

President Omer Hassan al-Bashir this week threatened to ban those parties which signed the charter.

So far the NUP, Sudanese Communist Party (SCP) and Popular Congress Party (PCP) appear to have backtracked on the deal for which they signed up for.

Reasons for reservations mentioned later ranged from opposing certain clauses to saying that they were rushed into signing it.

But al-Fadil suggested that these opposition parties are seeking excuses to "disown" what they signed.

"I say to the leaders of the parties whose representatives stamped this document with their authorization, consent and full coordination that this document is open for improvement [in line] with resolution of the closing meeting," he said in a statement titled ’The Final Opportunity Document, Background and Secrets’.

"So do not waste time and use these minutiae details to escape from the national responsibility. Our people are dying in the thousands every day and our country is burning and disintegrating not only through the civil war but by Ingaz [nickname for government] policies that have brought poverty, hunger and disease," he added.

"You [opposition leaders] should seize this last chance and be in front of the ranks to lead the popular revolution to overthrow the regime or step aside to give way to those who are capable the of leadership and sacrifice as there is no struggle without sacrifice," Al-Fadil wrote.

On the issue of religion Al-Fadil said that the ’New Dawn’ simply re-endorsed the 1995 Asmara Declaration drafted by the National Democratic Alliance (NDA) which agreed to disallow the exploitation of religion in politics.

This would be attained through prohibiting any legislation that conflicts with equal citizenship rights or international human right conventions.

He mentioned that this was agreed to by NUP leader al-Sadiq al-Mahdi in 1996 and all opposition parties that are now members of the National Consensus Forces (NCF).

Al-Fadil said the confusion and controversy was a result of a clause inserted in the charter by the armed groups which separates religious institutions from state institutions.

The opposition figure said that the NCP used this to portray the charter as a secular one.

He disclosed that it was explained to the armed movements that this item will not serve the goal of banning the use of religion in politics as religious institutions are run by the state.

However after the representatives consulted with their parties inside Sudan they agreed to include it.

Al-Fadil also dismissed the NCP assertions that the charter calls for undermining state saying that the ’New Dawn’ calls for restructuring the army and security services to guarantee its "professional and neutral" role.

He said that the means for changing the current regime were left to be determined by each signatory whether it be armed or peaceful adding that the armed movements did not oppose the popular struggle as a way to remove the NCP-led government.

Al-Fadil addressed the Sudanese president and the NCP saying that the unity of political opposition and armed movements is the only safeguard against further partitioning of the country.

"There is no longer room for maneuver or use of old already-tested and worn methods of arrest and intimidation and the threat to dissolve parties. If you [decide to] go down this route and returned back to square one then the result would be to push all the political forces in the direction of armed action as has happened in Libya and Syria," he warned.

"This is the last chance for peaceful transition before explosion of the revolution. Either accept the consensus of the people of Sudan in this document and work on voluntary transfer of power to the people through the armed forces, as happened in Egypt and Tunisia, Yemen or either face the Sudanese people in their entirety and surely the will of the people is invincible," Al-Fadil said.

The separation of Sudan in July 2011 into north and south has angered many within the country including those in the NCP and army who view it as the government’s biggest failure to preserve the unity of the country.

The loss of oil which mostly exists in South Sudan has thrown the country into an economic crisis as the flow of revenue and foreign currency dropped sharply causing a large decline in value of the currency and double digit inflation rates,

Furthermore, the ’Arab Spring’ revolutions have put more pressure on Khartoum to move into the direction of reforms. The NCP and Islamist base of the party have circulated unsigned memos calling for reforms in the state and the party.

In recent months however the government have stepped up its crackdown on newspapers and closed several pro-democracy centers.

Last November the Sudanese authorities announced that it thwarted a coup attempt planned by former spy chief and presidential adviser Salah Gosh along with dozens of army and security officers who are pro-regime.


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  • 13 January 2013 10:54, by LL Reuben

    Jalaby and rest of NIF Backers,
    Read this true insight mentioning of Sudanese crisis from Al-Fadil don’t just come here to rant and rage about substances of which you have little understanding just because you’ve personal affillation with the ruling elites of fugitve and world indicted criminal in Umar Bashier.

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    • 13 January 2013 11:38, by aguotwany@live.com

      LL, it should be the time to watch the time in which everybody from the Republic of South, Sudan do their homeworks. Let crash them once and nail the enemy for good. I cannot agreed than today time it will be the to remember our death tool during the days of war. We are about to make the last decision ever made, this opportunity should benefit our intilengent agences all together & seize it. Thank

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    • 13 January 2013 12:47, by Ayom Ayom

      There is something secret that will happen one day in Khartoum. Who know it?

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  • 13 January 2013 12:33, by Jalaby

    We remember very well that Mubarak al-Fadil worked as Al-Bashir assistant, assistant for the president for 2 years, he was the one who passed false information about Al-Shefa factory to American and then American destroyed it in 1998, he was the only corrupted minister during the third democracy time in Sudan when he was the trade minister during Al-Sadeg regime!

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    • 13 January 2013 12:42, by Jalaby

      Unlike Jonobean, Sudanese people (Arab/Jalaba) are very kind and sympathetic people and if a person like Mubarak al-Fadil is a Jonobey and behaves ugly like that, Jonobean would have separated his head from his body long time ago!!
      That’s one of the main south problem, the south is lack for kindness, merciful and forgiveness!!

      Jalaby (Abo Jalabia)

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      • 13 January 2013 14:12, by Al-mezan

        ??????? ??? ???? ? ????? ? ???? ??? ?????? ???? ?? ???? ???? ??? ????? ? ???? ???? ????
        If you are not hypocritic, was Mahmoud M. Taha beheaded by South Sudanese? When have ur masters been merciful? God is only merciful, ye hypocritic. Days are over for you exploiters of religion of God and his prophet.

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      • 13 January 2013 14:25, by Al-mezan

        "Arabs are the most infidel and hypocritic" sura 9: 96.
        I don’t want to adress u as a northerner but a clique of NCP, that failed Sudanese pple. There are northerners who were shocked upon sucession of the south just bcos of lost historical heritage and the blame goes to a clique of arabs who are hypocritic and infidel as the holy aya put it.
        I know you are employed to continue planting hatred.

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      • 13 January 2013 15:00, by 4Justice

        Could this be the kindness you are alluding to?

        Sudanese officials have used information gathered by the regime’s agents in Britain to interrogate and torture British-based opposition activists on their return to the homeland, MPs have alleged.


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      • 13 January 2013 16:25, by Moral Agent

        to compare south with the north,jonobean were born with ethics and south sudan always and is always been land of high moral ground that kidness doesn’t even exist in africa forget about arab

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      • 14 January 2013 00:26, by Newman

        Mr. Jalaby,
        I don’t always agree with you in many of your assessment,but what you mentioned above is truely correct. I am from Jonub/South and I share deeply that feelings as we "lack kindness and more as you stated. It’s gone issue, but I didn’t from the starts think that separation will result all of us well in general. Every nation on this earth has their outstanding issues but aim out.

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  • 13 January 2013 12:42, by Pif Paf

    The opposition in sudan is dead wood. They are only good with coming up with new name’s. First its SRF then its "New Dawn". Either way they will continue to do nothing but make noise.

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  • 13 January 2013 13:58, by Northern Sudanese

    ST only mentions false & negative information about Sudan. However it always tries to show best news about South Sudan or may be negative news by showing unneeded or unreal situation,making it sound no big deal.why?ST is owned by South Sudanese, it only says what south sudanese want to hear, but it never says what south sudanese don’t want to hear.Sudan develops without their oil, heart attack lol

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    • 13 January 2013 15:39, by Paulino Miabek de Minyiel.

      LOL, the regime in Khartoum is too deformed to be reforms. By, Dr. John. Therefore, the only way is to dismantle the NIF regime. But, the Sudanese people shouldn’t expecte someone to do that sacrifice for them. Including you jalaby, you’re a double dealer lol. "New dawn"

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    • 13 January 2013 19:09, by panchol

      what makes khartoum regime looks like divorce lady in the eyes of the world? The Republic of South Sudan has closed the page of oil that you are still clicking lol! RSS is using number of oil tankers not less than 1,000 to transport its crude oil to the market either to Djibouti or Kenya. lol! hahahahaha! lol!

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  • 13 January 2013 14:11, by william

    This how NCP finishs up cowadic intellectuals in Sudan,make sure the victims will be put in plane which is going to crash better you all as a team show up fully and joint SPLM-N and topple terrorism party once and for all.

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  • 14 January 2013 03:29, by Kenyang

    Al-Fadil, you got to like the man physically or in words. Hopefully, he will or some of his character will next Sudan’s president. Stand up for your right. Good luck Mr. Al-Fadil

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