Home | News    Wednesday 28 August 2013

Bashir-Mahdi meeting brings nothing new to Sudan’s political landscape

separation
increase
decrease
separation
separation

August 27, 2013 (KHARTOUM) – The highly awaited meeting between Sudanese president Omer Hassan al-Bashir and the leader of the National Umma Party (NUP) al-Sadiq al-Mahdi ended without any apparent breakthrough in unraveling what is widely seen as a political deadlock engulfing the East African nation.

JPEG - 52.3 kb
The leader of Sudan’s National Umma Party (NUP) and the former prime minister, Al-Sadiq Al Mahdi (R), meet at his house in Omdurman on 27 August 2013 (Photo: Reuters/Mohamed Nureldin Abdallah)

Speaking to reporters following their meeting at al-Mahdi’s residence in Omdurman, Bashir said that the summit took place at invitation of the NUP chief adding that they discussed national and regional issues.

Al-Bashir was accompanied by Mustafa Osman Ismail who is the official in charge of NUP dossier at the ruling National Congress Party (NCP).

NUP officials reached by Sudan Tribune offered no details on the discussions between the two men which lasted for an hour and a half.

Al-Mahdi said in brief remarks that he agreed with Bashir that issues of governance and constitution are national ones that should exclude no party or faction and stressed that the two parties will hold consultations in order to reach agreements which he did not specify.

The former Prime Minister also said that they discussed the situation in Egypt and the inevitability of Sudanese intervention to contain the situation there in order to prevent further spiral of violence.

Neither al-Bashir nor al-Mahdi addressed speculations that NUP would join the government.

For years the NUP leader has relentlessly sought to convince the NCP to agree to a constitutional conference between all parties and groups in Sudan.

The ruling party however, brushed aside his efforts and asserted that opposition parties should seek change through the available political mechanisms.

In 2008, al-Mahdi and Bashir signed a deal known as the "national consensus" pact that outlined in details the areas where there is agreement. The latter however proved later to be largely symbolic and al-Mahdi later acknowledged its failure to bring any change.

In recent years, NUP supporters and other opposition parties have grown suspicious of al-Mahdi’s stances which they view as becoming more appeasing of the NCP.

Yesterday several opposition figures expresseddisappointment with al-Mahdi-Bashir proposed meeting with some accusing him of playing dual roles with government and opposition.

The NUP leader has reiterated lately that he does not seek regime change but reform thus angering many of his own aides. He has refused to join opposition efforts to mobilize the streets and distanced himself from anti-austerity demonstrations which took place last year.

Critics assert that the former PM has reached a secret deal with the NCP to undermine the opposition in return for appointing his son Abdulrahman, as Bashir’s assistant along with other undisclosed understandings.

Al-Mahdi has warned those within his NUP who oppose his polices to leave and form their own party.

(ST)

Comments on the Sudan Tribune website must abide by the following rules. Contravention of these rules will lead to the user losing their Sudan Tribune account with immediate effect.

- No inciting violence
- No inappropriate or offensive language
- No racism, tribalism or sectarianism
- No inappropriate or derogatory remarks
- No deviation from the topic of the article
- No advertising, spamming or links
- No incomprehensible comments

Due to the unprecedented amount of racist and offensive language on the site, Sudan Tribune tries to vet all comments on the site.

There is now also a limit of 400 words per comment. If you want to express yourself in more detail than this allows, please e-mail your comment as an article to comment@sudantribune.com

Kind regards,

The Sudan Tribune editorial team.

Comment on this article



The following ads are provided by Google. SudanTribune has no authority on it.


s
Sudan Tribune

Promote your Page too

Latest Comments & Analysis


Dissolution and formation of the Cabinet - 2013 2018-04-20 08:00:00 Amb Telar Deng The events that led to the 2013 dissolution of cabinet can be traced back to the deep mistrust that fermented back in 1991 when leaders failed to close ranks. After the 1991 (...)

The Darfur issue remains in oblivion 2018-04-20 07:36:49 By Mahmoud A. Suleiman The victims and survivors of the atrocious crimes in the Darfur region where very few in the world cares for their plight continue feeling trapped, no way out but at the (...)

IGAD and the question of impartiality 2018-04-20 07:18:21 By Duop Chak Wuol One of the main reasons the Intergovernmental Authority on Development (IGAD) was formed was to maintain peace in the East African region. In its mission statement, the bloc (...)


MORE






Latest Press Releases


Abyei celebrates Mine Awareness Day 2018-04-05 08:52:03 4 April 2018 | Abyei - The United Nations Interim Security Force for Abyei (UNISFA) and the United Nations Mine Action Service (UNMAS) commemorated the International Day for Mine Awareness and (...)

Appeal for forgiveness and pardon of John Agou Wuoi 2018-03-07 08:28:08 H.E. Salva Kiir Mayardit, President and Commander-in-Chief, of the Sudan People's Liberation Army (SPLA), Republic of South Sudan (RSS), 5th February, 2018. Through: Hon. Michael Makuei Lueth (...)

Petition for release of Agou John Wuoi from prison 2018-02-15 20:45:31 Open letter to South Sudan President Salva Kiir Your Excellency, Kindly please permit me to take this rare opportunity to appreciate you for every effort you have made toward making South Sudan (...)


MORE

Copyright © 2003-2018 SudanTribune - All rights reserved.