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Sudan’s SCP says objective factors exist for overthrowing regime

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August 31, 2014 (KHARTOUM) – The Sudanese Communist Party (SCP) said that objective factors for overthrowing the regime have become available, noting that political memorandums, public meetings, peaceful protests, strikes and civil disobedience would inevitably lead to an “orderly explosion” which will topple the “corrupt” regime.

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Sudanese president Omer al-Bashir (C-R) greets supporters while Hassan al-Turabi (L) smiles and Ghazi Salah Al-Deen Attabani stands besides him after his speech calling for national dialogue on 27 January 2014 (Photo: AFP/Ebrahim Hamid)

The SCP politburo said in a statement on Saturday that the political scene is witnessing various meetings among opposition forces in order to find solutions to salvage the country from wars, conflicts, systemic political and economic collapse and lawlessness.

It pointed that the regime is currently at its weakest positions due to successive political, economic and services crisis besides international isolation, underscoring the historic need for establishing the broadest opposition front, including all political forces and civil society organisations.

The SCP stressed that dialogue was and remains to be one of its principles, adding that the government refuses to engage in a constructive dialogue and only seeks to buy time in order to hold fraudulent elections to falsify people’s will and cling to power.

It set several conditions for holding dialogue, including approval and recognition that the objective of the dialogue is to dismantle the current regime and end its control over power and wealth, as well as calling on the government to satisfy all dialogue requirements.

The statement noted that fruitful dialogue requires ending war at all battlefronts, stopping government feeding of tribal feuds in Kordofan and Darfur, allowing public freedoms and repealing laws restricting liberties, releasing all political detainees and offering guarantees for participation of rebel groups in the dialogue.

The SCP also demanded the establishment of a transitional government, which would be responsible for holding transparent elections according to democratic laws, and a constitutional conference to approve the system of governance and principles of a permanent constitution for the country.

The SCP underscored that it will continue to extend its hand to all political parties, civil society organizations and forces outside the opposition umbrella organisation of the National Consensus Forces (NCF).

The statement stressed the SCP’s support for the Paris Declaration signed between the National Umma Party (NUP) and the rebel alliance of the Sudan Revolutionary Front (SRF) on 8 August besides support for all future meetings which seek to unify all opposition forces in order to overthrow the regime.

Last January, the Sudanese president Omer Hassan al-Bashir called on political parties and rebel groups to engage in a national dialogue to discuss ways to bring peace in the country and to discuss constitutional reforms.

The opposition alliance of the National Consensus Forces (NCF), gathering left forces, boycotted the political roundtable, asking the government first to stop war, create a conducive environment for the dialogue, establish a transitional government and postpone general elections.

While the opposition forces participating in the dialogue parties express the same concerns but argue that these matters can be discussed within the national dialogue mechanism.

However, NUP leader al-Sadiq al-Mahdi suspended its participation in the political process after his detention last May.

Mahdi now demands the restoration of political freedoms and inclusion of rebel groups in the political process. However, he calls for excluding the small political forces at this stage and to involve only the “six historical parties”.

(ST)

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