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Sudan ruling party rejects calls for al-Bashir to step down

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December 1 , January 2019 (KHARTOUM) - The ruling National Congress Party (NCP)Tuesday rejected calls by a number of political forces that took part in the national dialogue to President Omer al-Bashir to step down saying this demand is an exit of the national consensus reached at the end of the dialogue conference held in October 2016.

Also, the opposition groups inside and outside Sudan signed a joint declaration calling for the removal of al-Bashir’s regime.

In response to the nationwide demonstrations calling President Omer al-Bashir to leave, some 22 political groups participating the National Consensus Government withdraw their representatives in the government or legislative organs and addressed a memorandum to President Omer al-Bashir asking him to transfer power to a collegial presidential council called Sovereignty Council.

In a press conference held on Tuesday, they also called to form a transitional government mainly composed of technocrats and professionals to settle the economic crisis and to normalize Sudan’s relations with the region and international community. Furthermore, this government will discuss peace with the rebel groups and prepare for general elections.

The political forces, which did not call for regime change but appealed to a peaceful transition in the country, further proposed to dissolve the current parliament and to appoint a consensual transitional assembly of 100 members.

Commenting on the memorandum, the head of the NCP Media Sector Ibrahim al-Siddiq Tuesday said their decision to withdraw from the government is "an exit of the national consensus represented by the National Document and contrary to the political ethics."

"Some of the leaders of this group are known to be skilful political adventurers and (experts in the) change of attitudes. So this gives an idea about their lack of principled political action," al-Siddiq said in a statement released on the NCP page on Facebook.

He went further to minimize the impact of these defectors saying they have limited participation in the executive and legislative bodies and have no political weight in the country.

He particularly cited Ghazi Salah al-Din of the Reform Now Movement and Mubarak al-Fadel al-Mahdi. He said their MPs approved the budget two days ago and today attempt to blame the others for the current economic policies adding this is "purely political opportunism".

To make it clear they do not want a regime change but political reforms, the signatories proposed that the transitional government will adopt the African Union roadmap for peace in Sudan, to open the recommendations of the national dialogue for discussions with the opposition groups, and to ensure freedoms and human rights.

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  • 2 January 03:29, by Kush Natives

    This dude need to wake up! What’s December 1 January 2018? I am totally confused....

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  • 2 January 04:38, by nakhim

    UNLESS THE MASSES KICKS THE CHAIR UNDER HIS BUTT, HE IS READY TO GO DOWN LIKE HIS COLLEAGUE IN LIBYA. AS HE FEARS BEING HANDED TO HAGUE.SO BETTER DIE AT HOME BUT NOT IN HANDS OF ICC.

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  • 2 January 05:54, by Joker Wizard

    Sudanese colleagues, you have the rights to demonstrate. Remember, the devil you know is better than an Angel you have never seen. Bashir streamed lined Sudan to what it is now. You people have a bright future just give your selves time. See South Sudan. Just increment of one pound on bread is your justification meanwhile in South Sudan, no one controls the price and people are dying like flies...

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    • 2 January 06:53, by Kush Natives

      Joker Wizard,
      Who’s the hell out there are you advising? Comparing bullshit, South Sudan is not part of your stupid part any longer, so where will Bashiir create Jihad? South Sudan is not fighting for the bread nor 💵, cheap war. We already passed that level. So, shift your shithole to Sudanese people, if they will buy it to keep Bashiir in power for 60 years.

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