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Sudan’s Turabi approached to mediate political crisis in South Sudan


December 11, 2013 (KHARTOUM) - A senior official at Sudan’s opposition Popular Congress Party (PCP) has disclosed that the party leader, Hassan Al-Turabi, is being approached by influential figures in South Sudan to mediate the current political crisis in the fledgling republic.

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Head of the Popular Congress Party (PCP), Hassan al-Turabi gestures during an interview in Khartoum October 3, 2012 (Reuters)

Influential sources within the PCP told Sudan Tribune that Turabi was asked by prominent political figures in South Sudan to intercede with president Salva Kiir Mayardit who dismissed senior figures from the ruling SPLM and the government sparking an atmosphere of tensions.

Last week, senior SPLM leaders accused Kiir’s leadership style saying it was characterised by corruption and deviation from the party’s vision as well as encouraging regionalism and ethnicity.

They further accused Kiir of forming his own army in the name of presidential guards and intending to form a separate political party that would be linked to the National Congress Party (NCP) in Khartoum.

The sources stressed that mediation stems from Kiir’s respect for Turabi and his appreciation for his political stances and views, stressing that sharp polarisation put South Sudan on the verge of the abyss and could possibly trigger major tribal conflicts.

However, the sources didn’t mention whether Turabi has agreed to mediate or not.

The Islamist leader in July 2013 declared that he has good relations with Juba and praised the South Sudanese leadership. He also expressed hope that relations with South Sudan remain strong despite the secession of July 2011.


Meanwhile, the Sudanese Communist Party (SCP) and its counterpart in South Sudan held a joint meeting on Tuesday in Khartoum.

The SCP delegation was led by its secretary general, Mohamed Mukhtar Al-Khateeb, while the delegation of South Sudan’s communist party was led by, Joseph Modesto.

The SCP spokesperson, Youssef Hussein, said in a statement issued on Wednesday that the meeting discussed the current political situation in Sudan and South Sudan.

Modesto spoke about his recent meetings with the leader of Sudan’s opposition National Umma Party (NUP), Al-Sadig Al-Mahdi and the PCP secretary general, Hassan Al-Turabi, stressing that his party seeks to improve relations between the two peoples.

The SCP statement pointed that both parties emphasised the need for joint cooperation among democratic organizations and civil society besides media coverage for the ongoing events in both countries.

The meeting also asserted that pending issues between the two countries should be resolved through dialogue and negotiations not war and fighting, pointing to the importance of economic and political integration for the benefit of both countries.

The meeting further called for reaching a peaceful settlement on the contested Abyei area and affirmed their rejection of unilateral referendum on the future of the disputed region, demanding establishment of political institutions and allocating a percentage of oil revenue to the area.

The statement pointed out the need for enacting legislation on the four freedoms in both countries and allow freedom of movement of people, animals, and trade on the common boarders.

The two parties agreed to coordinate positions on issues of concern to both countries such as water and debts and draft a joint document to tackle the common issues between the two countries.


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  • 12 December 2013 06:54, by omoni jr.

    Damn, it is actually very funny to read this kind of rubbish

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    • 12 December 2013 07:06, by Mi diit

      Incompetent Kiir respecting Al-Turabi as his God father and Bashir as his BIG brother? Common guys, when did northern politicians have the experience of mediation. We don’t need them. Kiir will be removed by the people of South Sudan. We don’t want him to bring Turabi to learn the details of the crisis. Shame on you Kiir.

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      • 12 December 2013 07:38, by Peter Mading

        Miidit, you are the one who is incompetent- Try to Understand what brought Turabi to mediate in Political Crisis in South Sudan. His Former Party candidate has been dismissed in the Government of South Sudan because of misconduct and Slapping of the MP. Turabi is a Trouble maker if you don’t know- Abdalla is a known coward in the Sudan who became strong in South Sudan.

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        • 12 December 2013 10:00, by Adodi Jotuwa

          Movie: True Lies. Why did the visionless driver of political vehicle of 1991 crash it in Khartoum in 1997 before sneaking up to the SPLM in 2002, leaving the dead and particularly seriously wounded passengers stranded in Khartoum? What was wrong with the driver’s skills of driving that particular vehicle, designed, manufactured, manned and operated by Dr. Defector Riek Machar Teny?

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          • 12 December 2013 10:00, by Adodi Jotuwa

            How can Dr. Defector Riek Machar Teny claim today that he’s a perfect driver, fit and equipped with driving skills to be behind the wheel of SPLM whom he initially abandoned in 1991, returned to it in 2002 until CPA is inked on January 9th, 2005, appointed and served as Vice President from 2005 until April 2010 general elections?

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            • 12 December 2013 10:01, by Adodi Jotuwa

              Why didn’t Dr. Defector appreciate being reappointed as Vice President of the Republic of South Sudan after the April elections although he didn’t care about the impact of the choice of his wife Anjelina Teny for running as an independent candidate on the unity of South Sudanese before referendum takes place in January 2011?

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              • 12 December 2013 10:02, by Adodi Jotuwa

                Why Dr. Defector Riek Machar Teny didn’t/doesn’t even care about being appointed VP without any political pain as if he did nothing wrong in 1991 to SPLA/M in general and Bor people in particular and today the widow of our late icon Dr. John Garang is politically supporting Dr. Defector for personal interest, claiming that SPLM has lost direction?

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                • 12 December 2013 10:02, by Adodi Jotuwa

                  Who has really lost vision or direction here, SPLM or those greedy politicians who build beer factory first and those who easily wire $8 million dollars to Bank in Kenya in a minute without approval of the Council of Ministers for allegedly purchasing fire extinguishers? Who has really lost vision or direction here? President Salva Kiir or Dr. Defector Riek and his associates?

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                  • 12 December 2013 10:03, by Adodi Jotuwa

                    Will the recent apology for Bor massacre in 1991 by Dr. Defector Riek to Dinka Bor people in Bor and again at Rebecca Nyandeng’s house make Dr. Defector Riek Machar Teny a political star to preach divisive politics of 1991 about the performance of government which he and his associates were part and parcel of it?

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                    • 12 December 2013 10:04, by Adodi Jotuwa

                      Did SPLM loose direction in 1991, during the interim period, after July 9th, 2011 or after Dr. Defector Riek Machar Teny and his associates were sacked last July 2013? If they want to continue preaching divisive politics to South Sudanese, they should never forget to remind Southerners about 1991, return date to SPLM in 2002, $4billion or $8 million wired to Kenya.

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                      • 12 December 2013 10:04, by Adodi Jotuwa

                        Even when election time comes or not, winning elections is always based on sound political track record of every candidate but not on the assumption that everything is possible in South Sudan by confusing Southerners because you’re confused politically since day one. All of us can be drivers of any political vehicle but not everyone is exceptionally skillful driver.

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                        • 12 December 2013 10:05, by Adodi Jotuwa

                          Dr. Defector Riek Machar is one of the unskilled-careless-hit-and-run drivers whom we always see on South Sudan’s streets in Juba, Wau, Malakal, and Bentiu where he hails from. Track record of 1991 has proven that when he hijacked a political vehicle, hit SPLM/A and ran to Khartoum where he finally crashed it there without gaining any driving skills

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                        • 12 December 2013 10:09, by Adodi Jotuwa

                          Dr. Hassan Al-Turabi,
                          Keep your fucking lie to yourself. Resolve the issue between you and your brother-law Sadiq Al-Mahadi first, then between opposition forces and NCP before claiming that Abdalla Deng Nhial approached you because he hit an MP in SSLA last month. Ok?

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        • 12 December 2013 14:14, by Kiir

          Who is going to listens to Hasan. Don’t waste your money to bring him to S. Sudan.

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      • 12 December 2013 07:42, by Naath

        Midiit hopeless kiir is gone for good . Dr Turabi is the only deadly snakes in sudan history, so hopeless kiir approach the wrong person and by the way midiit northern politician are extremely terrorist, very toxic politically they are not really people who can come and be mediation south political crisis, kiir is really desperate for help

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      • 12 December 2013 07:50, by Chol A.

        @midiit can you read this article again and again? Does it sound true? I you believe it than you mind it bold and always remain bold! This is made up story full of nonessential statements from unknown sources. I couldn’t believe such nonesenes even Dr. R splitter who is hopelessly after power can not approach Turabi because he will be too shame to Khartoum. Sudan tribune want to fuel issues in S.S

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        • 12 December 2013 08:04, by Sudan virus

          Sure Chol! It’s even not well formulated.Just nonsenses!

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      • 12 December 2013 08:51, by Mack

        You are the who is incompetent because you have failed to understand the article. It’s not President Kiir who has approached Turabi, but an influential official who might belongs to the SPLM disgruntled group to intercede between them and him. It’s not logical for the person who has dismissed you to call for a third party to mediate.Those who surrendered to Turabi in late 1990s can do that

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    • 12 December 2013 09:51, by Kenyang

      Another excellent make up by Riek’s mouthpiece, aka Sudantribune. Wow, don’t you love it, according to this piece, yesterday ring traitor is today national hero! If I have a say, Sudantribune and its Euro-agents won’t step a foot in South Sudan for spreading liars.

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    • 12 December 2013 14:47, by EES Kingmaker

      Omoni jr,
      You are right but remember: there is no permanent friends or enemies in politics. The attempted mediation by Turabi does not indicate SPLM members on both sides of the divide have forgotten the harm Turari did to us. He can mediate. This is normal in politics. Yes, it is funny but an inevitable fact. By the way, we can use him to ultimately harm our enemies.

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  • 12 December 2013 07:18, by Naath

    Hopeless and confused president kiir approach Dr Turabi to get help ahahahahaha primitive leader will not understand Turabi event though sitting with him in round table, kiir didn’t know Turabi politically, Gogrial tribal leader will be in trouble very soon for invited one of criminal to South sudanese affairs shame kiir

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    • 12 December 2013 08:28, by Chol A.

      @Naath why are guys misleading others specially your own Naath community to believe in nonesense? Dr.R splitter is not respect Kiir as leader of the party and president. If Dr. R splitter don’t respect president and party, can he really respected SS general public? We realize your uncle and other faceless groups behave in stupid ideology but it will smell nasty soon if Kiir run out of patient man.

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    • 12 December 2013 08:36, by jijury

      `Dr. Hassan evil Al Turabi should solve north Sudan’s problem first before he could jump to South Sudan’s internal affairs. GOD WE NEED YOUR HELP SALVA KIIR IS REALLY CONFUSED.

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      • 12 December 2013 08:45, by Malakal county Simon

        Exactly, I termed this statement as joke, and laughable.

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      • 12 December 2013 14:58, by EES Kingmaker

        Why are you surprised for Turabi to mediate when Northern problems remain unsolved? This is not a strange thing to do. Dr. Garang used to be widely consulted by President Bush and Premier Tony Blair on several issues.He helped them on many an occasion. The same thing with Mugabe of Zimbabwe who fought to liberate Africa before he came to power in 1980. There are so many examples to cite.

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  • 12 December 2013 07:46, by Ayuiu Makuac Lam

    I do welcome the sugestion, but one thing. President Kiir will not cooperate with corrupt politicians, who are corrupted party affairs.

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  • 12 December 2013 07:50, by Monydit

    Mi-Diit you Read the message very well its not president Kiir who contact Turbei its your pipo especially Dr Riek Machar n Abdallla Deng Nhial who was dismissal last week they are pple who went and contact Jabala Call Turbei and that why we alway say Dr Riek went to taken South Sudan Back to Khartuom you have seem today Stupid Machar will Died without been President In SS ,Shamme on Nuer Pipo

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  • 12 December 2013 07:54, by Monydit

    Bravo President Kiir of Dismissal wrong pipo in your Govt special Dr Nyagat Riek Machar ,@Mi Diit your Riek Machar will died without Siting in the office as president of South Sudan .let riek bring back the live of Dinka pipo first .shamme on Nuer Leer pipo power Greedy .Salva Kiir Oyee longlive SPLM OYEE

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  • 12 December 2013 07:55, by Positive Thinker

    What is lacking within SPLM is honesty, it is all lies and lies. you cannot lead a country on lies. because a lie has very short time. time of looting is finish so please begin to build the based on truth and only the tuth.

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  • 12 December 2013 08:00, by Sudan virus

    If this is true article, then Kiir must immediately reverse such a decision from any influence of this chameleon Islamist.Otherwise u are taking us South Sudanese back to Arab Muslim slavery again.You time in power will soon be shortened!

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  • 12 December 2013 08:21, by Marco Bul

    What is this frantic approach?? We don’t need a foreign mediator.Let’s accept dialogue and free brainstorming.A true politician is not always secretive and emotional.Get civilize!!

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    • 12 December 2013 08:31, by Malakal county Simon

      If this is true, the question we should be asking as South Sudanese citizens is; What’s role can Turabi possibly play in South Sudan political crisis, to bring peace? When he failed to manage the same situation in his own? I honestly believe this is joke and laughable statement, because i don’t think Turabi is capable enough to the bring current South Sudan political crisis to an end.

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      • 12 December 2013 08:43, by Malakal county Simon

        Kiir is expected to resign soon due to his level of health, and also to save himself from ICC for the crimes he committed below:
        Ongoing Murle genocide:
        Wau peaceful protest killings:
        Isaiah Abraham Assassination:

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  • 12 December 2013 08:47, by 4Justice

    I am not entirely surprised! there is nothing shameful Kiir won’t do to remain President. He even sent someone to the Synagogue Church Of All Nation Nigeria with a letter to Prophet TB Joshua requesting the Prophet to send a team to South Sudan. This is bloody nonsense; No Man of God will waste their valuable time with UNREPENTANT looters of this nation.

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  • 12 December 2013 08:54, by Jalaby

    Jonobean, why are you amazed? what surprised you?!
    Yes, very true! Jonobean will ask Arab/Jalaba to interfere and mediate between them!
    Remember what I always keep to tell you, remind you that it’s a disastrous and fatal issue if Jonobean expel out Arab/Jalaba from the south, without Arab/Jalaba presence Jonobean will finish each others!!

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    • 12 December 2013 09:02, by Jalaby

      Remember what former Paramount Chief of Dinka Ngok,Deng Majok said before about Northern people (Arab/Jalaba) and how their presence in the south is so important and essential,I’ll repeat what he said:
      "For southerners,Northern people -Arab/Jalaba he means- are considered to be like grass among glass,if you remove the grass the glass will shatter and break"

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      • 12 December 2013 09:09, by Jalaby

        Yes, you can always ask Arab/Jalaba wisdom and trust them as a good mediator among you guys but I am not really sure if Turaby could be the right choice for you guys!!
        How about this, based on the complexity of your problem, I’m gonna recommend you Dr. Nafie Ali Nafie to be your mediator!!

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        • 12 December 2013 09:15, by Jalaby

          Be honest both Dr. Turaby and Dr. Nafie failed to do any thing good to Sudan or Sudanese people but in fact made more complex to us as Arab/Jalaba but they might be a good cure for you guys and resolve all your problems, specially Dr. Nafie Ali Nafie, why don’t you guys give it a try and have him as your trusted mediator?! may be your cure is on his hands, who knows?!

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          • 13 December 2013 09:06, by Kushoku

            It is a joke, but well if u think Nafie and Turabi capable to resolve South Sudanese problems in the line of absured thinking we can call the Somalis to come and fixed our severe internal rift here in what is left of Sudan.

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      • 12 December 2013 09:15, by Chol A.

        Abu jalabia stop your none-sense you just put your poorly structured article full of false statement and say this is true article? Whom do you think is clueless about this article? Please mop your ass with water and go to mosque in which you preach none-sense.

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        • 12 December 2013 09:22, by Jalaby

          Chol A,
          You’re nothing but coward Dinka Ngok guy who is wandering here and there with no home, remember, as Abyei officially considerd to be north until now then you’re still under Arab/Jalaba hand, still under Arab/Jalaba mercy!
          Get yourself out of slavery first you coward Dinka Ngok!! HAHAHAH

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          • 12 December 2013 11:58, by Chol A.

            @Jalaby I said mop your sass and go to mosque please we don’t your nonsense.

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            • 12 December 2013 12:10, by Jalaby

              Chol A.,
              If my comment is nonsense as you said why you bother yourself and waste your time replying to it? I’m 100% sure that you never ever miss my comment and pretty sure it irritates your ass so badly when ever you read it, go coward boy, BTW, what is your Misseriya master name? when will you free yourself from them coward?!

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              • 12 December 2013 12:29, by Chol A.

                Yah Abu Jalabia, your comment are nothing to me and I am quiet sure my first comment was badly burn your asss indeed. Please your hopeless tribe got no minister and dry session it now approaching just stay tune and listen to what might happen soon door are now close for them but let wait who will be coward between you and me and once again mop your ass and go to mosque than pass on this message ok

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  • 12 December 2013 10:21, by Obach Othou

    This is very embarrassing to hear. when I look at the South Sudanese, and through my analysis, the only person in South Sudan who is close to Al Turabi is our Ambassador in Khartoum Amb. Mayen Dut who married from Al Turabi family. Amb. Mayen Please don’t discuss our affairs with your in-laws. we have our elders in the South who can do that and those who are preaching for the down fall of SPLM.

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    • 12 December 2013 16:04, by Newman

      There is nothing "embarrassing" man if he can help landscape the political concurrent that’s in south now. He (Al Turabi) is intelligent. He once predicted that south will never develop under the Dinka leadership, because of their egos and his right. Secondly,the vision is lost and no one is scraping new one or sense of direction.when where there is no vision, people perish.

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