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Opposition parties to continue dialogue with rebels over ways to topple Sudanese regime

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January 17, 2013 (KHARTOUM) – The Sudanese opposition coalition has decided to continue dialogue with the rebel alliance on a common vision that leads to overthrow the regime of President Omer Al-Bashir.

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NCF chairman Farouk Abu Issa (L) pictured with NUP leader Al-Sadiq al-Mahdi (C) and PCP leader Hassan Al-Turabi (Photo: Reuters)

The main forces of the opposition alliance expressed a number of reservations about the Charter of the New Dawn signed in the Ugandan capital Kampala on 5 January, especially with regard to the use of arms to remove the regime or the establishment of a secular regime.

The National Consensus Forces (NCF) announced in a statement issued Thursday in Khartoum that the opposition forces, after a long debate on the Kampala declaration, had decided to continue dialogue with the Sudanese Revolutionary Forces (SRF).

The statement stressed its decision is based on strategic perspective aiming to preserve the unity of the country, its safety and security. It also emphasized that the purpose of this dialogue is to reach a common vision on how to bring down the regime and reestablish democracy in Sudan.

The opposition further described the “New Dawn" charter as a draft document to study and make proposals regarding the final version.

The leader of the opposition Umma National Party, Sadiq Al-Mahdi, said in a TV remarks on Tuesday that his party does not agree with the document finalized in Kampala, because it gives legitimacy to the armed action against the regime, and thus authorizes the regime to put more restrictions on freedoms and the opposition parties.

He further said that whoever brings any change through violence would not treat the opposition forces as peer allies.

He added that for these reasons, his party does not support military action, as he sees no reason for the introduction of self-determination for any part of Sudan in any political agreement.

"We believe that any solution must maintain the unity of Sudan,” he stressed in reaction to the inclusion of the right of self-determination for the Sudanese provinces in the text of the charter.

After the announcement of the Charter, the opposition political forces indicated that their signatures were preliminary and non-binding. They underscored that what came out was not a final document, but a text for deliberation and discussion between the forces involved in the meeting.

In a meeting held in Kampala on January 12, the rebel groups decided to form a committee for follow-up and coordination to gain more political forces and civil society organizations in support of the document.

The SRF forces justified the formation of the committee from the rebel movements and allied forces, saying the parties and political forces inside are still studying the charter and running more consultations on it.

The opposition NCF have decided to call for another meeting on Monday January 21th, at the level of heads of political parties to discuss the current political situation in the country and work for the release of opposition members who had participated in Kampala meeting.

The Sudanese authorities have arrested five opposition leaders who had participated in the Kampala meeting immediately upon arrival at the airport in Khartoum; as they arrested Abdul Aziz Khaled, after signing the charter and his return to Khartoum.

Further, the security agents arrested Ibrahim Al-Sheikh, leader of the Sudanese Congress Party after a press conference he held in Khartoum to criticize the opposition for sending law level delegates to take part in Kampala meeting.

Ibrahim blamed the opposition forces for sending low level delegates saying they had to dispatch leading members from inside the country instead of delegates residing outside the country.

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  • 18 January 2013 07:40, by zulu

    BRAVO.
    SUDAN IS BEING RULED BY A BUNCH OF THUGS, MASKERADING AS ISLAMISTS AND A PARTY THAT CARES FOR THE SUDANESE PEOPLE. WITHOUT A TRUE EQUAL REPRESENTATION AND JUSTICE FOR ALL, NO ONE CAN CLAIM LEGITIMACY

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    • 18 January 2013 08:05, by Paul Ongee

      It should not just be wasting time to talk to media, take action as it happened in Kampala on 5th January. That is a positive step that Sudanese opposition parties are beginning to unite and embark on dialogue with the National Criminal Party (NCP)without backtracking. "New Dawn" is similar to Ingaz 30/06/1989 so long as it paves way for a new regime to step in.

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      • 18 January 2013 08:15, by Paul Ongee

        If opposition parties do not want regime change, they should not go to media for public consumption. Tunisia, Egypt, Libya, Syria did not bother to waste time; they did take action to change things around regardless of the circumstances. Turabi and Bashir didn’t waste time in 1989 to topple Al-Mahdi, now Turabi again with Al-Mahdi and others should not waste time to bring Bashir down as usual.

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        • 18 January 2013 08:25, by Paul Ongee

          With the experience of the cycle of regime change, the two brothers-in-law can do something if they mean it by ignoring the political bribe readied for whoever needs a particular position for survival or leave it, lick your elbow and shut the f—k up.

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          • 18 January 2013 08:27, by Paul Ongee

            If cannot do it, leave to SPLM-N/SRF.

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      • 18 January 2013 19:24, by Hardball

        Rebels are fighting for their own autonomous region and government; if Al-Mahdi can’t afford to fight Bashir alone then it will be too bad for them. Darfur region, the Kordofans regions and Blue-Nile regions are the center of Sudan wealth. These three massive regions have all they need to manage their own country just like South Sudan. Good luck for Sudan without Darfur, Kordofans and Blue-Nile.

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    • 18 January 2013 08:37, by okucu pa lotinokwan

      Opposition of Sudan are more confusure agents,today they talk different and tomorrow they talk another things,i do not believe in thier New drawn with SPLA-N,the same opposition group who join SPLA in the busy and after sometime come back to Omer in Khartoum before 2005 CPA was sign.All are liars and with the same concept of an Arab generation
      OKUCU PA LOTINOKWAN

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  • 18 January 2013 08:28, by Ommar Bashir

    SPLM-N is not going to be fooled by those who preturn themselves as enemy to current ruling party. SPLM-N can not be dragged into the hole; they know what Al Turabi party and the rest of parties are doing.SPLM-N is fighting for the real change of the regime in Khartoum by any mean.

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  • 18 January 2013 08:54, by sudani ana

    The New Dawn Charter was a still born child. It had within it the defects that eventually killed it. The Sudanese people are very patriotic and know that "self determination" is a conspiracy to divide the country further. This, and a secular state, army to be disbanded so rebel forces become the national army??? Keep dreaming traitors.

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    • 18 January 2013 16:38, by zulu

      FOOL
      IT IS NOT A DREAM. IT IS A REAL THREAT AND YOUR GOVERNMENT IS FRETTING, JIGGLING ARROUND LIKE A SMALL BOY LOOKING FOR A PLACE TO PISS. IT IS ACCUSING SOUTH SUDAN, US, UGANDA AND WHO ELSE. BESIDES, IT IS ASKING SOUTH SUDAN TO ASSIST IN DESTROYING THESE MIGHTY FOLKS. THAT IS A BIG DREAM OF THE DAY AND OF ALL TIME

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  • 18 January 2013 19:33, by Panthou

    I strongly agreed with you folks! Except for sudani Ana & soldier. But, one thing is here. What Abdel Aziz Khalid still doing there? I thought he’s with those of Abdel Aziz Al Halu. Big shocked man! Now you must learn in the jail about this devil regime.

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