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Sudan’s Bashir expresses sorrow for the death of Nelson Mandela

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December 7, 2013 (KHARTOUM) - The Sudanese president, Omer Hassan Al-Bashir, has expressed sorrow and extended sincere condolences to his South African counterpart, Jacob Zuma, and the South African people on the death of the former president, Nelson Mandela.

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Nelson Mandela waves from the stage with British Prime Minister Tony Blair at Trafalgar Square, London, on April 29, 2001(File photo Reuters)

After several years of poor health, Mandela passed away on 5th December 2013 at the age of 95. He devoted his life for the fight against the Apartheid regime and establishment of a democratic state of equal citizenship, tolerance, and freedom in South Africa.

Bashir pointed in a message sent to Zuma on Friday to the greatest role played by the late Mandela in fighting for freedom and equality not only in South Africa but also across the world, stressing his great sacrifices in resisting colonialism and serving human objectives.

He considered him a symbol of dignity and struggle for people’s freedom and resistance of colonisation and exploitation of Africans, pointing to Sudan’s acclaimed role in supporting African liberation movements and African leaders who led the struggle against colonization and on top of whom was the late Mandella.

South Africa’s first black president who led the peaceful transition from white-only rule will be laid to rest with a state funeral in his ancestral home in Qunu on Sunday 15 December.

Meanwhile, the chairman of the rebel Sudanese people’s Liberation Movement/North (SPLM-N) and Sudan Revolutionary Front (SRF), Malik Agar, has also sent a letter to president Zuma expressing condolences on the death of Mandela, describing him as the kindle and the symbol of the freedom fighters and the great African visionary leader.

He said that Mandela "inspired us all to follow his path to freedom", stressing that his legacy would continue to illuminate any path to freedom and democracy.

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  • 8 December 2013 04:36, by Akol Liai Mager

    After taking the lives of innocent South and North Sudanese people in millions, I wonder if Fugitive Al-Bashir ever know what death is leave alone being sorrow about it. It’s the NIF’ Al-Bashir Apartheid regime that is still enact dividing people on ethnic lines, forcing people of different races and religions to worship his religion and race.

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    • 8 December 2013 04:43, by Akol Liai Mager

      World’s loving people only know this equation; Mandela is a symbol of Peace, Freedom, Tolerance, life and forgiveness and that’s why his statue is in the middle of London & New York Squares. Al-Bashir is a symbol of death, racism, terrorism, rape and violence and that is why he is wanted by ICC to get behind bars at Hague. Is that not a big different?

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  • 8 December 2013 06:09, by Tutbol

    What does clone like Al Bashir has to say about the well brought up by his community & his parents? first of all, Mandela ancestors didn’t welcome the Europeans to his country to come & enforce their evil world’s view onto his peoples, but Al Bashir ancestors did welcome the arabs in to our country to come & enforce their world onto us. The clone should stick to his own than showing his bullshits.

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