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Sudan’s Bashir confirms he will stand down by 2015

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March 19, 2013 (KHARTOUM) - Sudanese president Omer Hassan al-Bashir has reiterated his intention to step down at the end of his term in 2015, saying Sudan is in need of “fresh blood”.

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Sudanese president Omer al-Bashir attends the third Arab Economic, Social and Development Summit in Riyadh on 21 January 2013 (FAYEZ NURELDINE/AFP/Getty Images)

In an interview with Qatar’s Al Shraq newspaper due to be published on Wednesday, Bashir said deliberations were now underway within the National Congress Party (NCP) to select a new presidential candidate for the next general elections.

He said the new leader will be named at NCP’s general convention next year.

“Elections will be held in two years and this gives them sufficient time to choose their candidate, God willing,” he said.

“It is not about who will be the candidate, it is rather about how the NCP selects its coming leader,” he said, ruling out any possibility that the party would nominate him again for the top job.

“No, we [have] had enough. We spent more than 20 years [as president] and this is more than enough. Sudanese people are looking for fresh blood and a new impetus in order to continue on what we have begun,” he said, adding that the party was well-positioned to contest the next election.

Bashir did not address rumours about his health nor the hanging arrest warrant issued against him by the International Criminal Court (ICC).

The 68-year-old president underwent throat surgery last August in Qatar performed, which was only officially acknowledged weeks after.

He underwent a second operation in Saudi Arabia last November, with officials saying he was advised to cut down on his public appearances.

This month, he secretly flew to Saudi Arabia again for a medical checkup, according to a presidential source.

Bashir has been ruling Sudan since taking power in an Islamist-backed military coup in 1989.

In 2009 he became the first sitting head of state to be served with an arrest warrant from the ICC for war crimes and crimes against humanity allegedly committed in the Darfur conflict, which according to the UN, led to the death of 300,000 people and displacement of 2.7 million in 2003-2004.

He had previously made public his intention to step down at the end of his term in 2015, but last month second vice-president Al-Haj Adam Youssef said that Bashir would be renominated for a new term.

COUP PLOT TRIAL BEGINS

In the interview, Bashir was also quizzed about the status of investigations in to a recent coup attempt to overthrow the government and the possibility that those involved had external connections.

“Let me assure you that this group doesn’t have any connections to a third-party, they are purely Sudanese elements. Their trial has begun and the court held the first hearing and we will be waiting for the court’s ruling”, he said, without providing further details.

Sudanese authorities arrested 13 suspects last November, following the failed coup plot, including ex-spy chief Salah Gosh and Brigadier General Mohamed Ibrahim Abdel-Galil from the Sudanese Armed Forces (SAF) who also served as Bashir’s bodyguard at one point.

The trial of military personnel accused of involvement in the plot began on Thursday in Khartoum amid intense secrecy.

NORTH-SOUTH RELATIONS

Asked to comment on the prospects for future cooperation with the South, Bashir reiterated to Al Shraq that despite their often thorny relationship, South Sudan remained Sudan’s closest neighbour and vice versa, with existing ties and interests irrevocably linking the two.

Under an agreement inked in Addis Ababa on 12 March, South Sudan has agreed to resume oil production, ending a bitter deadlock over border and security issues that had threatened to send both countries back to war.

Landlocked South Sudan shut down its 350,000 barrel-per-day crude output in January last year over a dispute on how much it should pay to pump its oil through Sudanese pipelines to the Red Sea.

The closure had a devastating effect on the economies of both countries, which are heavily dependent on oil revenues, and worsened ongoing disagreements over territory and other issues left unresolved between the two countries following South Sudan’s secession in July 2011.

Bashir conceded that Sudan’s "enemies" continued to target it through South Sudan, adding that any positive developments in relations between the two countries was likely to lead to increased foreign meddling in their national affairs.

“However, we bet on our relationship with our brothers in South Sudan because they know well that their interests are connected to ours. We aren’t only talking about exporting the Southern oil, although it is the only source of income for our brothers in South Sudan as they don’t have any other tapped resources to substitute for it”, he said.

“We also refer to the old and continuing relations, be it demographic, cultural, economic, or trade relations because we were once one country for a hundred years”, he added.

Bashir dismissed alternative route options through Kenya and Ethiopia which had been flagged during the long-running stalemate, saying Sudan remained the only economically feasible option to pump South Sudan’s oil for export.

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  • 20 March 2013 04:15, by Young Patriot

    Mr Criminal, you are already dying from malignant throat cancer..it is sending you to your grave soon. You will be dead by 2015. It remains to be seen what the new President of Sudan will also be terrorist minded like you.

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    • 20 March 2013 12:09, by Oppressor

      let’s see ur living Salva will step down too poor Janobeen death & life is in the hands of Almighty Allah not in ur hands .. get education man..

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    • 20 March 2013 14:30, by Dawood

      How about this: SUDAN’S BASHIR CONFIRMS HE WILL STEP DOWN BY 2015 AND TO STAND UP AT THE HAGUE. Can’t wait to see a hand capped Bashir at the ICC.

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  • 20 March 2013 05:03, by Ayuiu Makuac Lam

    Waw, ICC will get him due to his down. And"
    Yes, good news to sudanese and for politicain who are aganist him

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  • 20 March 2013 06:23, by 4Justice

    U.N. Think Tank Opening Office in Bahrain, with Bahraini Government Funding
    http://www.propublica.org/article/international-peace-institute-bahrain-office-government-funding

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  • 20 March 2013 06:34, by 4Justice

    Are you folks connecting all the dots yet??

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  • 20 March 2013 07:49, by Kalo

    To step down or not is not the solutions to you,NCP regime must go by force,
    By Kalo son of Nuba.

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  • 20 March 2013 07:50, by Mohammed Ali 2

    "This month, he secretly flew to Saudi Arabia again for a medical checkup, according to a presidential source." Common Sudan Tribune, be professional! Who is that sources,am sure that ST has not got that intimate relationship with " any presidential sources" More-over he was in Sudan and more-more -over it is a very simple operation took him only one day in hospitalHe will live anothe 20 years!

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    • 20 March 2013 08:09, by Wunditda

      Mohammed Ali,
      Are you Bashir’s Presidential Guard? Stop telling what you don’t know. Sudan Tribune is an Electronic Media House with professional ethics of journalism. There are some instances that an identity of a source can not be revealed. Beleive me Mr. Journalist and Bashir’s Guard. It is an easy kind of thing to get a source that can provide a house with such information.

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      • 20 March 2013 08:23, by Northern Sudanese

        Wunditda
        ST is a professional whaaaaat? lol, ST makes spelling mistakes all the time! Its only profesional in spreading all negative news about Sudan and ignore the horror on going in your shithole! over 70% of what it says is about sudan is a lie! It never mentions the development, it only mentions inflation and rebel lies! its professional at the level of insects :)

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        • 20 March 2013 19:31, by BARRACK OBAMA

          THANK YOUR EXECELLENCY FOR YOUR HARSH,CRUEL,TRANNY AND INJUSTICE RULE. IF YOU ARE FOR SURE STEPPING DOWN IN 2015?
          BUT WILL HE?

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  • 20 March 2013 08:00, by Wunditda

    A tyrannical criminal will spend the rest of his life in misery. He will rot in the prison.

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  • 20 March 2013 08:03, by Turism

    Compulsory, Bashir will not be elected even if he not stepping down and he is also close to have been affected by cancer.

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    • 20 March 2013 10:52, by EES Kingmaker

      Turism
      What elections are talking about? Criminal Bashir was never elected in his life. He came to power by force of arms and planned a number of fraudulent elections. All he did was to rig or stuff his ballot boxes and told the world that he was elected. In 1998, in his first rigged elections, he said ’most votes’ came from South Sudan, even in areas without registration and those not inhabited

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  • 20 March 2013 08:28, by Northern Sudanese

    Bashir has served our country for over 2 decades, he built all the infrastructure in Sudan from roads,to bridges , factories , hospitals , schools and dams! brought an end to the civil war , gave the insects their freedom and soil! I would have wanted you to be re elected in 2015 however, its your personal choice. You entered in a coup and stepped down as an elected hero by his people. Thank you!

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  • 20 March 2013 08:39, by Northern Sudanese

    possible future president o Sudan could be as follows :-
    1. Dr. Ghazi Salah el din
    2. Dr. Altayib Mustafa (my vote would go to him)
    3. Dr. Nafie Ali Nafie
    4. Dr. Mohammed Al Tahir (Red sea state president)
    5. Dr. Ali Karti (minister of foreign affairs)
    6. Dr. Kamal Abu sin
    there can be many other potential candidates :)

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    • 20 March 2013 10:19, by EES Kingmaker

      Northern Sudanese
      The list you have given contained all names of international terrorists. Is it not increasing further isolation of the Sudan? Look, criminal Bashir will not leave power peacefully as his hands are tainted with blood of the inoccent he butchered more than 20 years ago. Expect him to spend his last days in ICC prison if cancer delays to kill him.

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      • 20 March 2013 17:43, by Northern Sudanese

        EES Kingmaker
        if you can prove that just a single one of these men has anything to do with terrorism, then I am a fool! all of these men are normal people!

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      • 20 March 2013 17:44, by Northern Sudanese

        EES Kingmaker
        hahahhaah really? you have been saying the same shit every year since 1989 XD

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    • 20 March 2013 11:04, by 4Justice

      Now the Serpent (Omar Bashir) was more crafty than any of the wild NCP terrorists the devil had made.

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  • 20 March 2013 08:59, by wang

    President Kiir should follow Bashir’s steps

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    • 20 March 2013 09:12, by Wen Majokweng

      even if Bashir will step down he as made alot dangerious things in both north and south people.

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  • 20 March 2013 09:23, by Wen Majokweng

    My dear wang what are u trying says, you are not allowed to says any since we are a new nation let first see from him how he will leaded us.

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  • 20 March 2013 10:26, by John The President

    New dawn for Sudanese come 2015, as NCP start preparing to mourn for the soon to depart President, I urge the opposition parties to come under one coalition and take over the leadership as an effort to build a strong democratic Sudan. Your Time has come to serves the millions Suffering Country wide, the rebels should do the same and work with the coalition, by doing so you have restore the hope o

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    • 20 March 2013 12:24, by Oppressor

      To All insects dudes form south whether Basheer step down or not it is not ur Business any more coz we Sudanese & ur are Janoubeen no relationship b/w us & we didn’t asked for uneducated useless counselors advice.. next president ’ll be from NCP, we are not like u bloody africans if da presiddent left or die the country will collapse we have a real qualified ppl, institutions to run da country.

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      • 20 March 2013 17:11, by Majongdit

        Oppressor,
        You are absoultely a qualified person who terribly messed up with spelling and mercilessly break Grammar. Thank you Dr Qualified Man...oh Poor Dr Oppressor!

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  • 20 March 2013 11:01, by New Government

    Thx president for spirit of step down such that you enjoy your money, you have done don’t die poorly like Gadaf.

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  • 20 March 2013 11:44, by malang

    those words are the liar of bashier, he always say such a thing like that but no one will believe them, atleast for him to to be taken to tomb for his last day. but now don’t be happy for this liar words

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    • 20 March 2013 12:46, by Oppressor

      look who’s talking malang at least he is brave enough & spitted out that he will not run for the next election how about ur coward Salva Fake is he going to do the same no way Dinka are looters & scamps & will never let the chair for any one so give me a break go take Meryisa & sleep our policy is the same towards u south insects nothing will change it if ur Master Basheer step down / not

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  • 20 March 2013 12:12, by Wen Majokweng

    Sudanese people should not listen to the lair of Bashir by saying he will step down, but the most take action on him.

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    • 20 March 2013 12:33, by Oppressor

      I think u are a real idiot Wen Majokweng i said it is our own business why u insist to give us ur rubbish advice just keep it fa ya insects u forget who’s ur masters it is we Sudanese so speak about ur master with respect.

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  • 20 March 2013 12:32, by Wen Majokweng

    If i were u sudanese i may not vote for NCP, because it was formed by Bashir and he is now telling u that he will selected candidate from his party which is totally wrong,there most be others party in sudan who have an intersted ruled.

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  • 20 March 2013 12:47, by Wen Majokweng

    My dear n.sudanese u don,t needed to call us as an inseted but u should respect our right in the country,if not? that is why we separated from u sudanese people.

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  • 20 March 2013 16:37, by Bauer

    Mr. Oppresser and all the other barbaric goons from North Sudan.I wonder whether you have water or porridge in your heads instead of a brain.How on earth do you call Allah and call people he created Insects.What have the people in the South done to you as an individual?? Simple advise, don’t make North Sudanese bad people by virtue of what you write.Be learned enough and grow up for God’s sake!!

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    • 20 March 2013 16:46, by Oppressor

      Exactly SPLAM/N are Insects wether you like it or not now you called us barbaric so don’t act like a wise funny man if u are one of the above mentioned then you are a real Insect.

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      • 20 March 2013 17:49, by Majongdit

        Oppressor,
        Do you think there is nothing worst than an insect in this world? The world is not at peace because of two main things: Arabs and Islam.
        Believe me there are a lot worse things than insects in this world...in the sea, on air, on land and even in your body there can be viruses, bacteria, fungi etc
        You dont know someone can you anything worse than an insect. Plse I hold my tongue.

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  • 20 March 2013 17:05, by Bauer

    I called you barbaric because you are the first to call them insects.For a second time, be learned. Grow up and respect people for who and what they are.I know you are a mature person out there; please ’’GROW UP’’ They say a word to the wise is enough!

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    • 20 March 2013 17:36, by Oppressor

      Bauer i repeat am not ready to take any advice from Janoubeen & spl. you so give me a break & agin don’t act wisely with me you scamp idiot

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      • 20 March 2013 17:52, by Majongdit

        Oppressor,
        Do you think there is nothing worst than an insect in this world? The world is not at peace because of two main things: Arabs and Islam.
        Believe me there are a lot worse things than insects in this world...in the sea, on air, on land and even in your body there can be viruses, bacteria, fungi etc
        You dont know someone can you anything worse than an insect. Plse I hold my tongue.

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  • 20 March 2013 17:54, by Majongdit

    Oppressor,
    You are absoultely a qualified person who terribly messed up with spelling and mercilessly break Grammar. Thank you Dr Qualified Man...oh Poor Dr Oppressor!

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    • 20 March 2013 20:00, by BARRACK OBAMA

      @@@MAJONGDIT
      HAHAHAHAH please my man the guy is your bro even if he mess up with spelling don bother as long as you can understand what he mean.

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      • 20 March 2013 20:52, by Oppressor

        Well done funny gay & Obama but still you are I N S E C T S REGARDLESS WHAT YOU MENTIONED ABOVE. IN FACT IF UR MASTER AL BASHEER FIND ANOTHER Awful WORD TO DESCRIBE YOU GAYS OF COURSE HE COULD ’VE USE IT .. I WONDER WHY IS IT TEASING YOU WHILE IT IS NOT SUPPOSED TO BE AS A MATER OF FACT INSECTS ARE FEELING BAD AFTER BASHEER NAMED YOU " INSECTS "..

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      • 20 March 2013 21:21, by Oppressor

        In ur dream you & Janoubeen to be ma brother food beggar B. Obama useless

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      • 20 March 2013 21:22, by Oppressor

        In ur dream you & Janoubeen to be ma brother food beggar B. Obama useless creatures

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