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Sudanese security services wants ban imposed on several opposition parties

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February 5, 2013 (KHARTOUM) – Sudan’s National Intelligence and Security Services (NISS) sent a letter to the Political Parties Affairs Council (PPAC) calling for banning several political parties that have had its representatives sign the New Dawn charter in Uganda last month.

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The head of Sudan’s National Intelligence and Security Services (NISS), Mohamed Atta Abbas Al-Moula (Photo: Reuters)

In the letter seen by Sudan Tribune, the NISS director Mohamed Atta Abbas al-Moula said that the National Umma Party (NUP), Popular Congress Party (PCP), Sudanese Communist Party (SCP) and Democratic Unionist Party (DUP) joined ranks with the Sudan Revolutionary Front (SRF).

SRF is a coalition between several rebel groups fighting the Sudanese army in Darfur, South Kordofan and Blue Nile.

Al-Moula said that the SRF is targeting civilians and villages in these states causing heavy losses among ordinary citizens and government forces.

The spy chief said that New Dawn charter contains language calling for toppling the government through civil and military means thus violating 2005 Interim Constitution, Criminal Code and Political Parties Act.

The letter which was marked as ’Top Secret’ and sent to the concerned parties urged PPAC to invoke article 19(2) of the Political Parties Act which pertains to suspension, banning and dissolution of parties.

The PPAC Legal Counsel sent a letter to the four asking them to respond within a week and explain their link to the individuals who signed the charter on their behalf.

The Political Secretary of the PCP Kamal Omer blasted PPAC describing it as "miserable" and lacking impartiality as it is muted when opposition figures are detained. He said the NISS letter is a prelude to indefinitely suspending the activities of opposition parties.

Omer said this part of an intimidation campaign by the government against New Dawn charter signatories.

The New Dawn charter which aggravated the ruling National Congress Party (NCP) calls for toppling the regime and preventing the exploitation of religion in politics. The latter was interpreted by the Sudanese government to mean a call for establishing a secular state.

The NUP, PCP, and SCP however later made statements distancing themselves from the document.

The Sudanese government launched a fierce media campaign against the deal and detained some of the parties’ representatives who attended the signing upon their return to Khartoum. Some officials even threatened to ban and prosecute all parties that joined the agreement unless they officially dissociate themselves from it.

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  • 6 February 2013 07:35, by okucu pa lotinokwan

    This is now violation of human right which soon be in Khartoum,Atta should tread other parties activities.No country with one party system in the whole world.
    OKUCU PA LOTINOKWAN

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    • 6 February 2013 08:54, by PT92
      OKUCU PA LOTINOKWAN, Let them do it, it will boost SRF support from those coward parties that are still parting with NCP. The Northern Criminal Party is running full maximum speed of wreckage. Yeah, yeah, yeah do it blood suckers! PT92,

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      • 6 February 2013 10:41, by Paul Ongee

        Have you just realized “intimidation campaign” today? Without sacrifice nothing will change the National Criminal Party in Khartoum. Whether the regime will be toppled through civil/military means, it makes no difference because the coup d’état of June 1989 was/is one of the best options adopted for regime change. If the opposition forces are afraid of losing their lives, then SRF will take care

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        • 6 February 2013 10:58, by Paul Ongee

          Whether the New Dawn is calling for secular state or not, it is none of NCP business. What Sudanese people want is “peace and democratic transformation,” nothing more and nothing less. I keep telling you guys whenever you go to Mosques or sleep, remember first that Sudan is a multi-cultural, multi-lingual and multi-religious society.

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          • 6 February 2013 11:00, by Paul Ongee

            Every religion is simply a means of communication between you and the same God that we all worship on this planet. The most important thing is “being a Sudanese first” then religion later. Competitive interpretation of Quran is not even the least answer to the long conflict afflicting Sudanese society since 1821, 1947 and 1955. I am glad that NCP will be the last party ever addicted to using relig

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            • 6 February 2013 19:44, by Peacocktail

              Spy Chief fear that SRF with Opposition may end up taking power and ban him or imprison him if they loss it to Opposition. He think, banning and Killing opposition stops the agenda of regime toppling in Khartuom. After Mali, Sudan shall be next to be eliminated for harboring Terrorist. France must extended the Operation of uprooting Terrorist regime...SRF oyeeee, SPLM-N Oyeee,JEM Oyeee. change now

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