Home | News    Saturday 1 February 2014

Sudan’s NUP, RNP agree on workshop to shape popular demands


January 31, 2014 (KHARTOUM) – Sudan’s opposition National Umma Party (NUP) led by al-Sadiq al-Mahdi and the Reform Now Party (RNP) headed by Ghazi Salah al-Deen al-Attabani, agreed on Friday to invite all political parties for a workshop.

JPEG - 99.1 kb
From left to right: Leader of the Popular Congress Party (PCP) Hassan Al-Turabi, Reform Now Party (RNP) head Ghazi Salah Al-Deen Al-Attabani, National Umma Party (NUP) Al-Sadiq Al-Mahdi and second vice-president Hassabo Abdel-Rahman attend a speech by the president announcing a national dialogue initiative on 27 January 2014 (SUNA)

Al-Mahdi received a delegation today of the RNP headed by Attabani after which they held a meeting, which came on the background of president Omer Hassan al-Bashir’s call for political forces to engage in dialogue, which was the first of its kind between the two parties.

On Wednesday, al-Attabani held a rare meeting with the leader of Sudan’s opposition Popular Congress Party (PCP) Hassan Al-Turabi. The two men agreed to set up joint committees for political and intellectual coordination between the two parties besides promoting issues of freedoms, full transitional status, constitution and elections.

The NUP and RNP meeting decided to form a working group in consultation with the rest of political forces to conduct a workshop to deliberate on the popular demands and determine mechanisms for implementing them in a period not exceeding two weeks.

They also concurred that the workshop would include all political and civil forces that aspire for a new political regime. The time and agenda would be determined by the working group.

NUP issued a statement saying the two sides agreed that the multi-faceted national crisis requires an urgent national solution.

Attabani split from the ruling National Congress Party (NCP) in late 2013 over calls for reforms, transparency and democratic changes. He later established the RNP, saying it would "bring new hope to Sudan".

Al-Mahdi and al-Attabani both attended Bashir’s address to the nation along with Turabi which was seen as a sign of an imminent reconciliation between the ruling National Congress Party (NCP) and its foes.

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

Bashir announced a 4-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 items though he did not specify practical steps to do so.


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

South Sudan strives to build democracy 2015-10-11 22:45:54 By Salva Kiir Mayardit Just five years ago, as dawn unfolded on January 9, 2011, millions of South Sudanese took the final steps on our seventy-year journey to independence. By barge and bus, on (...)

SOUTH SUDAN: peace or genocide? 2015-10-07 12:59:30 By Richard Moula President Salva Kiir of South Sudan has once again declared a war of genocide and ethnic cleansing on the small ethnic tribe of Moru in Western Equatoria. As from 16th (...)

G-10 critique of establishment order is a complete baloney 2015-10-07 12:59:22 By Gordon Buay Muolana John Luk must be joking to argue that the Establishment Order that created the 28 states violated South Sudan Transitional Constitution without admitting that the (...)


Latest Press Releases

S. Sudan civil society groups to the 28 states issue to constitutional body 2015-10-08 17:26:10 South Sudan Civil Society Organizations Submission on the Creation of 28 States in the Republic of South Sudan Press Statement For immediate Release 8th October 2015 Following the announcement (...)

Sudan Democracy First Group Statement on The International Day for Democracy 2015-10-01 22:18:58 22 September 2015 Sudan Democracy First Group (SDFG) commemorated on 15 September 2015 the International Day for Democracy, which the United Nations (UN) marks as a day to encourage governments (...)

Ambassador Buay congratulates South Sudanese diplomats for blocking sanctions 2015-09-19 00:20:30 SOUTH SUDAN DIPLOMATS IN MOSCOW SHOULD BE CONGRATULATED FOR PERSUADING THE FEDERATION OF RUSSIA TO BLOCK SANCTIONS For Immediate Release 9/18/2015 The people of South Sudan are extremely (...)


Copyright © 2003-2015 SudanTribune - All rights reserved.