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Sudanese opposition leader says "New Dawn" charter full of mistakes

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January 26, 2013 (KHARTOUM) - The leader of the Umma National Party (UNP), Sadiq Al-Mahdi has reiterated his criticism to a political agreement agreed by the opposition and rebels earlier this month saying it is "full of mistakes".

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The leader of Sudan’s opposition National Umma Party (NUP), Sadiq al-Mahdi (Photo: Reuters)

Representatives of the forces of opposition alliance National Consensus Forces (NCF), the rebel Sudanese Revolutionary Front (SRF) signed the New Dawn charter in Kampala on 5 January, acknowledging toppling the regime through a combination of peaceful and armed struggle.

The UNP and Popular Congress Party (PCP) of Hassan Al-Turabi announced their reservations. The Umma calls for a comprehensive national process including the ruling National Congress Party (NCP) and the rebel groups besides the opposition parties, while the Islamist opposition party reiterated its commitment to an Islamic state in Sudan.

During a visit to the White Nile state last Friday, Al-Mahdi reaffirmed his opposition to the use of arms to topple the regime pointing out that his party calls for regime reform not regime change.

"We are not against the future of Sudan, and there is no room for the self-determination, but we are for a Sudan of equality in power and wealth (sharing)", further said the religious leader of Al-Ansar brotherhood, in his Friday sermon at the mosque of Al-Emarrabie town in the White Nile.

The opposition NCF parties including the UNP announced last week however they will continue to negotiate with the rebel groups on the political charter, stressing they aim to preserve Sudan’s territorial integrity and to reach a consensus on national issues.

The ruling NCP and Sudanese government attacked the opposition parties for negotiating the charter with the rebel groups. Some officials threatened to ban them saying they encourage the use of arms to topple the regime.

The Sudanese officials further rejected the reservations the opposition announced describing it as "a tactical position".

Al-Mahdi stressed that his party will continue to dialogue with all the parties and warned that the government’s stubbornness would lead to protests against the regime in the street.

The opposition leader underscored the good relations between the White Nile state and its neighbouring states in South Sudan. He warned that the state will be heavily affected in case of war between the two countries.

He called Khartoum and Juba to adopt new policies in resolving their problems, affirming Khartoum’s inability to resolve the outstanding issues with the South, because of the many differences. He also pointed out to how foreign interventions have contributed to raising the dispute.

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  • 27 January 2013 08:24, by zulu

    You Chameleon.You joined SPLM last time and prior to CPA, you joined the NDA and later went back to your party. What a confused old man. Look at how you put the dye over your goatie. You look so rediculous and unreasonable. Currently, you have prostituted against the Sudanese people many times.

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    • 27 January 2013 09:02, by Ding Ding

      HOO YAA MR ZULU Sadig is a chameleon that is why we sang a song that, who brought confusion Sadig Mahadi so that song it is there in the SPLA song, it is upto the Northerners to decided about these old men in Sudan.Why can he join this strong rebel and over through regime of NCP.
      Northerners are coward but not all of them.
      Thanks,

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  • 27 January 2013 08:24, by LL Reuben

    Sadiqq is a clown and coward who is working with NIF behind closed doors and clowning around with the marginalized opposition groups in the open. I hope ’New Dawn’ disregard and never acknowledge this punk. He has no problem with how the NIF is running Sudan because NIF brutality toward African ethnics doesn’t include his rich rear. Change is coming to Sudan no matter what the evils think.

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  • 27 January 2013 08:36, by Johndumo14

    Some arabs oppoition parties oppose The New Dawn" charter,because they afraid africans form Nuba,Darfur will come to power in Khartoum,Sudan and other arabs countries support terorists or rebels in Mali the terrorist group intends to spread its criminal purpose over the whole ofMali, and eventually target other countries."There is clearevidence that arabs countries like Iran,Egypt and Saudia suppo

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  • 27 January 2013 11:12, by ViVa Sudan

    I wonder why you insects poke ya noze in none business its a sudanese issue & ya not any more sudanese u are janobeen / insects whatsoever who cares so just support rebels & don’t forget u ’ve rebels too but y don’t ’ve food to provide yaselves & them y need our support but no way pay pay pay sell ya gals to ur maters from Isreal & white ppl get money to eat of die ..

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    • 27 January 2013 16:57, by Paulino Miabek de Minyiel.

      Sadiq, why you keep signing everything you do not know? You better ask for an Arabic version, if you don’t know an English. Every time you signs something against the government somewhere. And When you come to Khartoum, you say (la la Ana marib asal chunu) shit!

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  • 27 January 2013 19:25, by Nubian King

    Dear Sadiq,
    It’s high time you think of how you’ll be laid to rest once you die.Stop behaving like a chameleon, only a big idiot will listen to your word coz you contributed nothing to the economy of Sudan rather than the fatal tribalism that you planted. The current rulers are just following your footsteps and finishing the rest of projects (war &terrorism)you left unfinished when you stepped out

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