Home | News    Friday 31 January 2014

Dialogue with Sudan’s NCP conditional on greater freedoms: opposition

separation
increase
decrease
separation
separation

January 30, 2014 (KHARTOUM) – The Sudanese opposition coalition known as the National Consensus Forces (NCF) issued a statement on Thursday criticising president Omer Hassan al-Bashir’s speech earlier this week describing it as lacking the basic components of any possible political transformation.

JPEG - 95.6 kb
Farouk Abu Eissa (C), leader of the opposition alliance, talks to reporters with other opposition leaders on 12 June 2012 (ST)

Bashir announced a four-point plan for reform "to stop the war and bring peace, free political society, fight against poverty and revitalise national identity", calling for political forces to engage in dialogue to agree on the implementation though he did not specify practical steps to do so.

Prior to the speech, Sudanese officials gave multitude of suggestions that Bashir will unveil a major and comprehensive reform proposal that would be inclusive of all political forces and aim to tackle Sudan’s growing crises.

In a rare scene, the speech was attended by top opposition figures including former Prime Minister and head of the National Umma Party (NUP) al-Sadiq al-Mahdi, leader of the Popular Congress Party (PCP) Hassan al-Turabi and recently defected ruling party figure who formed the Reform Now Party (RNP) Ghazi Salah al-Deen al-Attabani.

All three made statements afterwards either personally or through their parties criticising the lack of specifics and excessive generalities that gave no real signs of concessions on the part of the ruling party.

The NCF emphasised that to enter into dialogue with the ruling National Congress Party (NCP) the latter must abolish all laws that restrict freedoms, release all political detainees, launch an investigation into the killing of demonstrators in September 2013 riots, enter into comprehensive negotiations to end the war in the different conflict zones, address the humanitarian situation and agreeing to full transitional status.

"Without the commitment on the part of the regime to these logical requirements, there will not be any opportunity for dialogue", NCF chairman Farouk Abu-Essa said at a press conference following a meeting of the coalition today at the headquarters of teh Sudan Communist Party (SCP).

"The path to real change passes through the overthrow of the regime", he added before accusing foreign circles of working to preserve Bashir’s rule by inventing false alternatives to absorb some actors in the political process because it serves their interests.

Abu-Essa described Bashir’s speech on Monday as "miserable in form and content" in which he insists on not acknowledging the crisis, its causes and means to overcome it.

"This confirms that the regime has reached the low of bankruptcy and wants to get around this crisis in the name of dialogue", he said.

The opposition figure warned that Sudan is on the verge of collapse should the NCP refuse to make significant concessions and acceptance of an entire transitional status. He stressed that the NCP regime lacks credibility as prior years experiences show.

He went on to say that the NCP has failed to run the country, lost direction and created political, security, economic and social crises while igniting wars in Darfur, South Kordofan and Blue Nile.

Abu-Essa added that the NCP has become in complete isolation and put the entire country in a quarantine with corruption becoming rampant.

He also disclosed that they will renew contact with the Sudan Revolutionary Front (SRF) and other rebel groups to unify visions on the future political situation.

For his part, the spokesman of the opposition alliance Kamal Omer defended the attendance of his PCP leader Hassan al-Turabi during Bashir’s address to the nation saying it does not mean they abandoned the NCF goal of toppling the regime.

"Dialogue is one of our means so we decided to participate", Omer added.

(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.
  • 31 January 19:00, by Mohammed Ali 2

    The so called NCF represenst only an old, senile demented man who is caaled Farough Abu Essa.

    repondre message

    • 31 January 21:10, by Johndumo14

      I know most of you nuer guys who live Australia,EU,USA ,south sudan,sudan are supporting Riek Machar,simply because he is your tribemen,this is tribebolism,read the history of Riek when southern sudanese were fighing their common enemy ,Riek Machar stike them at the back,is this a true leader,no,remember now he is a deathman.Museveni and kiir will get him,soon.

      repondre message

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


An Alternative National Dialogue: Sudan’s last chance for sustainable peace and Unity 2014-08-30 06:18:14 By Suliman Baldo August 29, 2014 — Last week, with much fanfare and renewed hope on the part of Sudanese citizens, the African Union High Implementation Panel (AUHIP) for Sudan and South Sudan, (...)

A critique of the IGAD protocol for peace in S Sudan 2014-08-30 05:53:03 “A critique of the IGAD protocol on agreed principles on transitional arrangements towards resolution of the crisis in South Sudan” By David de Chand August 29, 2014 - First and foremost of all, (...)

IGAD failure to delivering peace for South Sudan! 2014-08-30 05:43:48 By Jacob Odong August 29, 2014- The East African Inter-Governmental Authority on Development (IGAD) is concluding a plan to allow for what they are calling a unity government for South Sudan. If (...)


MORE








Latest Press Releases


Sudan: Those behind unlawful killings and torture of protesters must be brought to justice 2014-09-02 09:39:25 Amnesty International Sudan: Those behind unlawful killings and torture of protesters must be brought to justice The brutal suppression of protest in Sudan must end, and members of the security (...)

National Dialogue in Sudan: Past experiences and current challenges 2014-08-27 06:18:22 Sudan Democracy First Group (SDFG) Since independence, Sudan has undergone a number of national peace agreements, some of which were observed and honored for short periods, others which were (...)

A new approach to the National Dialogue will stop war and lead to democracy in Sudan 2014-08-22 06:50:30 A New Approach to the National Dialogue in Sudan that will Stop the Wars, Address the Humanitarian Crisis and Lead to Democratic TransformationChatham House, London on Wednesday, August 20, 2014 (...)


MORE

Copyright © 2003-2014 SudanTribune - All rights reserved.