Home | News    Sunday 26 January 2014

Split within Sudan’s Sa’ihoon Islamists appears imminent

separation
increase
decrease
separation
separation

January 25, 2014 (KHARTOUM) – The Islamist group known as Sa’ihoon is on the verge of split following announcement by some of its members their intention to renew Bai’aa (pledge of allegiance) for president Omer Hassan al-Bashir.

JPEG - 63.8 kb
Sudanese and Egyptian Islamists shout slogans against the ousting of Egypt’s President Mohamed Mursi during a rally after midday prayers, as they march from King Farouq Mosque to the Egyptian embassy in central Khartoum July 8, 2013 (REUTERS/ Mohamed Nureldin Abdallah)

Sa’ihoon group, which means ‘God-seeking wanderers’ in Arabic, is a loose association of committed Islamists and former Popular Defense Forces (PDF) combatants who at one point formed the backbone of the regime which came to power through a coup in 1989.

The faction which intends to pledge allegiance for the president said in a statement obtained by Sudan Tribune they lost hope that Sa’ihoon could achieve the desired change and reform, accusing it of sidetracking from its main objective and becoming preoccupied with trivial matters.

It pointed out that voice of reform and change within the Sa’ihoon group has faded, saying the gap has widened between real and virtual Sa’ihoon.

They further added they decided to support the government following deep discussions particularly after the recent government changes which ousted old guard who clinched to power for decades.

Last December Bashir announced cabinet shakeup that saw the departure of several long-time NCP figures from their governmental posts including former vice-president Ali Osman Taha, presidential assistant and NCP vice-chairman Nafie Ali Nafie and Oil minister Awad al-Jaz.

The statement called upon Mujahideen (holy fighters) to join the NCP and offer Bai’aa, stressing they would announce Bai’aa for the NCP in a massive celebration with the participation of thousands of Mujahideen.

Among the most prominent names of the dissident faction are Numan Hussein, Ghali Abu-Idriss, Abdel-Gadir Awad al-Geed, Mudar Salem and Nasr al-Deen Ghattas.

Meanwhile several Sa’ihoon members have accused the National Intelligence and Security Service (NISS) of standing behind the division.

The Sa’ihoon leading figure, Omer Abdel-Fatah Ibrahim, posted on the group’s page on Facebook that the dissidents have nothing to do with Sa’ihoon, calling upon all Mujahideen not to pay attention to this “nonsense”.

The Sa’ihoon group which includes members of the ruling National Congress Party (NCP) and the opposition Popular Congress Party (PCP) failed to develop a unified initiative framing the reform process which it seeks to realize.

Following the split of the former presidential advisor Ghazi Salah Al-Deen al-Attabani from the NCP, several Sa’ihoon members joined his new 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.


Sudan Tribune

Promote your Page too

Latest Comments & Analysis


If Garang were to attend the 4th anniversary of independence! 2015-07-05 07:19:40 by Luka Biong Deng July is a special month for the people of South Sudan during which they celebrate their independence as the most important achievement in their political struggle. Also in (...)

Have the G-10 Broken up into G-6 and G-4? 2015-07-03 04:20:44 By David Lony Majak The so called G10 is now almost reducing to G-4; I know some genuine questions will be asked by mindfully readers, why G10 reduced to G4. The defection of Pagan Amum has (...)

ISIS- Daesh entering Sudan without a deterrent 2015-07-01 02:57:26 By Mahmoud A. Suleiman This article comes against the background of the Extremism, which has become epidemic growing and spreading like a cancer from the Levant region to the Middle Eastern (...)


MORE






Latest Press Releases


Sudanese, human rights groups and advocates demand renewal of UNAMID 2015-06-25 06:03:32 FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE CONTACT: New York: Ahmed H.Adam, Tel. +1 347 567 1491 or aha64@cornell.edu Kampala: Abdelrahman Gasim, Tel. +256 7 51 90 77 77 or gasim202000@gmail.com Geneva: Abdelbagi (...)

Civil society groups urge to stop hostilities in W. Bahr El Ghazal 2015-06-11 22:24:37 Urgent action for sustainable peace in Western Bahr El Ghazal State Civil Society Statement: June 10, 2015 Wau –Western Bahr El Ghazal State- The Republic of South Sudan We, civil society (...)

Two South Sudanese pastors face death penalty in Khartoum 2015-06-03 06:08:37 African Centre for Justice and Peace Studies Two South Sudanese Pastors face death penalty for voicing opposition to corruption scandal at Khartoum Bahri Church (2 June 2015) Two South Sudanese (...)


MORE

Copyright © 2003-2015 SudanTribune - All rights reserved.