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Sudan’s 1st VP Taha confirms resignation to allow for “change”

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December 5, 2013 (KHARTOUM) - The Sudanese First Vice President Ali Osman Mohamed Taha on Thursday confirmed for the first time reports that emerged this week which claimed that he resigned and vacated his office at the presidency ahead of the cabinet reshuffle.

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Sudan’s Vice President Ali Osman Taha (Reuters)

Taha however, denied making this move over disagreements with others in the ruling National Congress Party (NCP) or the government.

The VP who made statements to a select members of the media, said that the changes were in line with the NCP’s decision to implement a sweeping overhaul that included everyone.

He called on the media to work for the cohesion of the internal front and not to allow inciters to take advantage of the situation.

Taha also promised to make more a comprehensive remarks following the announcement of the new government formation.

He did not say whether he will be reappointed in the upcoming shakeup or whether he will be transferred to another position.

The NCP leadership council postponed its meeting originally scheduled for Wednesday which was expected to endorse the new cabinet formation until Saturday.

There were conflicting explanations given for the rescheduling with some sources saying it was necessitated by the preoccupation of president Omer Hassan al-Bashir with the ongoing visit of Ethiopian Prime Minister Hailemariam Desalegn.

But other sources spoke of strong disagreements that emerged broke out between NCP leaders on the upcoming government reshuffle.

Over the last few years there has been growing discontent within the party’s base over the lack of turnover at the leadership level in the government. NCP officials have repeatedly pledged to promote younger faces to assume senior posts in the government and the party.

The reshuffle has been anticipated since earlier this year amidst deep divisions within the ruling party in the wake of a coup attempt staged last year by NCP supporters and Islamists in the military that involved the ex-spy chief Salah Gosh who also briefly served as Bashir’s adviser for security affairs .

Another crisis shook the NCP when more than 30 of its top members including the party’s ex-head of its parliamentary caucus Ghazi Salah Al-Deen Al-Attabani presented a memo to president Bashir in September criticising the government’s decision to remove subsidies on fuel and other basic commodities, saying it "harshly" impacted Sudanese citizens.

They chided the government for the excessive violence used against protestors who took the streets against the subsidies cut and called for deep political and economic reforms.

They also urged Bashir to form a mechanism for national reconciliation comprised of various political forces and assign the economic dossier to a professional national economic team.

"The legitimacy of your rule has never been at stake like it is today" they said in their letter to Bashir which was seen as a direct challenge to the president who is now the country’s longest serving leader.

Bashir formed a committee headed by national assembly speaker Ibrahim Al-Tahir to query those whose names appeared in the petition that was circulated publicly.

The commission of inquiry recommended dismissing three members including al-Attabani and temporarily suspending nine others. The decision was endorsed by the NCP leadership council.

Al-Attabani and others later declared his intention to leave the party and form a new one that would "bring new hope to Sudan". This week they officially applied for permission to establish it.

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  • 6 December 2013 07:35, by Abyei Propaganda

    Dear South Sudan VP,
    When will you resign and peacefully transfer power to another like your intimate friend has done, Prof. Ali Taha? Learn from Sudan to stabilize South Sudan, or else you will ruin that country. It took you 50 years to reach where you are today. Believe me or not it will take you few seconds to ruin the fruit of 50 year struggle! Plz, stop theft and tribalism 4 the sake of SS.

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  • 6 December 2013 08:36, by Kalo

    Taha is very educated and wise person,he will leave criminal Albashir alone to be hung in the last day of NCP rein in power,but what i know so far he will join the group of Islamic Ghazi Salahdin.
    Wad-nuba

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  • 6 December 2013 09:13, by Jojo

    Taha is the most clever Politicians in the Sudans. He understood politics deep in the root. He has removed a string from his neck and left the string hanging to be put into the neck of another stupid innocent person.
    I think if Bashir follows Taha steps, things will be lessen to him.
    What about our Cowboy and his traitors in the power? Let us watch 2015 election.

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    • 6 December 2013 09:20, by Mayom County Boy

      he know he swallow all sudan things
      that is why he say is resigning from sudan vice presidentposition
      let him go no body care about him
      many sudanese officials are there to replace the position

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  • 6 December 2013 09:19, by Kalo

    Taha is very educated and wise person,he will leave criminal Albashir alone to be hung in the last day of NCP rein in power,but what i know so far he will join the group of Islamic Ghazi Salahdin.
    Wad-nuba

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    • 6 December 2013 11:50, by Peter Mading

      That is a very gentle Man with Gentle decision- Unlike his Counterpart in the South who never resigned till forced to step aside. well-done Mr. Taha- Be the leading example of change

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    • 6 December 2013 11:55, by LabotoNyom KobiYe

      Ya Akwana Al-Muslimin,
      Why Ali Osman Taha decided to let Omer Al-Bashir down by resigning at this critical juncture? Is the political wind not blowing right on his face? If Taha believes that he’s wiser than Al-Bashir, he’s a loser. There is no way for Taha or Sudan to step back from the edge of abyss. Take note of that.

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      • 6 December 2013 12:02, by LabotoNyom KobiYe

        Ya Akwana Al-Muslimin,
        Why Ali Osman Taha decided to let Omer Al-Bashir down by resigning at this critical juncture? Is the political wind not blowing right on his face? If Taha believes that he’s wiser than Al-Bashir, he’s a loser. There is no way for Taha or Sudan to step back from the edge of abyss. Take note of that. You better reap what you have sown since 1989-2011.

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  • 6 December 2013 12:27, by John N

    Guys
    high appreciation to what our former Vice President did to Sudanese because without his commitment in CPA we can not enjoy this lasting Peace in South Sudan. we can really appreciate him on how he bring the CPA to Sudan.
    but for your information Taha is lobbying for Speakership of Sudan is National Legislative Assembly.

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    • 6 December 2013 15:22, by Awei-ngok

      John N, thanks for your facts and opinions.

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