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Sudan’s Bashir agrees to form a transitional government, says opposition official


April 20, 2014 (KHARTOUM) – An opposition party revealed that president Omer Hassan Al-Bashir agreed to form a transitional government to implement a national political program saying it must not last for more than two years.

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Sudanese president Omer Hassan Al-Bashir has called on political parties to participate in national dialogue aimed at stimulating a reform plan announced earlier this year (Photo: Reuters/Mohamed Nureldin Abdallah)

Sudan’s opposition Popular Congress Party’s (PCP) secretary of foreign relations, Bashir Adam Rahma said, in an interview with the Qatari Al-Watan newspaper on Sunday, that Bashir accepted this transitional government which will administrate the country during the national dialogue process.

Rahma said the recent political roundtable meeting Bashir organised with political forces was meant to discuss formation of the Higher Commission for the National Dialogue (HCND) which will manage the process.

However several political forces brought up the issue of the transitional government although it was not part of the meeting’s agenda, he underscored.

"The transitional government will be discussed when presenting the paper regarding the interim period. The ruling National Congress Party (NCP) agreed to form a transitional government after it is being approved by the dialogue’s general conference".

The PCP official added the transitional government would last for a maximum of two years, noting it would adopt a program to stop the war, address the issue of refugee return, and reform the civil service and foreign relations.

The interim government will hold the general elections and form a constituent assembly to draft the constitution and prepare the country for a new democratic era, the said in order to explain what was outlined in the meeting.

Earlier this month, the Sudanese president Omer Hassan Al-Bashir, held a political roundtable in Khartoum with the participation of 83 political parties. The move came within the framework of a call he made last January for a comprehensive national dialogue.

The opposition official was keen to explain that besides the HCND, there will be different commissions to prepare draft papers but only the General Conference will approve it.

The HCND, which is headed by president Omer Al-Bashir, is composed of 14 members 7 from the opposition and 7 representing the government parties. Its membership would be increased to 21 if the other opposition parties and rebel groups join the process.

Rahma further said the political parties which took part in the meeting agreed to Bashir’s chairing of the higher commission, indicating that the general conference can be rotated between the political forces participation in the process.

“It is preferable that Bashir chairs the higher commission (HCND) in order to be legally bound to implement the outcome of the dialogue because he is the person who controls power and the state,” he added.

The PCP official said differences which may arise among political parties will be referred to an expert committee comprised of neutral and independent persons.

He said they received information that Bashir and several senior government officials believe that dialogue is the only option for solving Sudan’s problems, pointing that “angry” factions within the NCP stand against dialogue and democratic transformation.

Rahma didn’t rule out that rebel groups could agree to take part in the dialogue inside Sudan if the government takes several measures including creating an environment conducive for dialogue, declaring ceasefire, issuing general amnesty for convicts, and allowing humanitarian aid to affected population in the war areas.

He added such measures must be guaranteed by the African Union (AU) and the international community, saying they received positive signals that the European Union (EU), AU, and the United States will support the comprehensive national dialogue.

"We don’t want foreign intervention during the deliberations but we will invite them to monitor and facilitate the dialogue process," he added.

Rahma predicted that dialogue will form a Truth and Reconciliation Commission (TRC) similar to that of South Africa and Morocco, saying we need to agree on those sensitive issues.

The opposition alliance of the National Consensus Forces (NCF) refused to engage in the national dialogue, saying the government didn’t respond to its conditions.

The NCF wants the NCP-dominated government to declare a comprehensive ceasefire in Darfur, South Kordofan and Blue Nile. In addition it has called for the issuing of a general amnesty, allowing public freedoms and the release of all political detainees.

The two major opposition forces, National Umma Party (NUP) led by Al-Sadiq Al-Mahdi and Popular Congress Party (PCP) led by Hassan Al-Turabi, however have so far accepted to take part in the national dialogue process.

The rebel alliance of the Susan Revolutionary Forces (SRF), also rejected Bashir’s call for dialogue and demanded the government to hold direct talks with them to negotiate a cessation of hostilities and open humanitarian access to civilians in the rebel areas.
The SRF also says that a conference attended by all political forces should be held outside Sudan and brokered by the United Nations (UN) and the AU in order to agree on the national dialogue mechanisms.


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  • 21 April 2014 07:26, by Jalaby

    What a great and brave step forward?
    That what I have been calling for since long time ago, we don’t need for Arab spring, overthrowing this government by force as rebels and small left parties are advocating will put Sudan in great danger and for sure will create great shake in Sudan stability!
    A peaceful transitional government is the true solution

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    • 21 April 2014 07:41, by Jalaby

      National transitional government that represents all the difference of Sudanese political spectrum and establishes the constitution and leads Sudan back to the democratic club again and ends the military interference in our political life for good!
      We won’t wait for small left parties for ever if they refuse to participate in the coming transitional government

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      • 21 April 2014 07:53, by Jalaby

        Do you know how many seats these left parties got in Sudan last democratic election in 1986?
        communist party got only 2 seats(Nogod & Izedin Ali Aamer),Nasiry party got no seat,Baath party (the one that was belonging to Irag and the other belonging to Syria) both got no seat,etc!
        Unfortunately these parties have loud voice but Sudanese people didn’t buy their story!

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        • 21 April 2014 07:58, by Jalaby

          I would be very surprise if SPLA-N & JEM decide to put down their gun and participate because these rebels are so busy now fighting the south rebel and in addition to that, they’re proxies and agencies who belong to Sudanese enemies that will never accept Sudan to live in peace and be powerful country in Arab and Africa in terms of the huge resources that Sudan owns!

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          • 21 April 2014 08:07, by Jalaby

            Transitional government should be created from all the parties and patriot independents politicians, we can have the same model government that happened after 1985 revolution where the brave man Abdel Rahman Soar Al-Dahab decided to be biased with the Sudanese people and overthrew Nimiry, we could have a president and prime minister and the power shares between them!

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            • 21 April 2014 08:13, by Jalaby

              Bashir is the best person to be the president of that transitional government but he should follow Soar Al-Dahab steps and be an icon and good example among all Arab nations that he is the only Arab president who came through a coup but met his promise and gave the power back to an elected parliament and stepped down, do you guys watch Al-Jazeera channel when Arabs

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              • 21 April 2014 08:17, by Jalaby

                speak proudly about our previous president Soar Al-Dahab? we as Sudanese people are very proud of Soar Al-Dahab and I hope Bashir follows his steps and gives back the power to an elected parliament and steps down!

                Jalaby (Abo Jalabia)

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            • 21 April 2014 08:36, by Moc Nyickedenloi

              Ahaha, man your donkey master is still fooling even up to now? Listen, 2 things r going to happen; he is either going to die of throat cancer or he wants to know the fools who r interested in his throne and later on humiliate them like Mahamed Ata of the N. Intelligence. Have u forgotten, but good enough he has diverted his evil mind away from S. Sudan’s affairs. The second thing is that he

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              • 21 April 2014 08:52, by Jalaby

                Moc Nyickedenloi,
                No one diverted his mind away from South affair, we need to organize our internal home first and once we done with it then will focus back to the south and we will work day and night to bring you back to "unity", I mean to "slavery" again just be patient with us, we are not forgetting you my friend!

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