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Mysterious “reform memo” mirrors split of Sudan’s Islamists


January 11, 2012 (KHARTOUM) – Signs of discord have begun to appear within Sudan’s ruling Islamists after an anonymous group submitted a memo to President Al-Bashir calling for urgent reforms to address threats to the country’s unity and fight widespread corruption.

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Ex-Presidential Security Adviser Salah Gosh (Upper Left), NCP’s Vice-President Nafi Ali Nafi (Upper Right), Vice-President Ali Osman Mohamed Taha (Lower left), President Omar Al-Bashir (lower right)

The strongly-worded memo, according to well-placed sources, was signed by a thousand members of the ruling National Congress Party (NCP) and its predecessor National Islamic Front (NIF).

It contains demands for reforms of state policy including fighting corruption, establishment of a citizenship-based state, and banning the combination of party positions with constitutional positions.

News of the controversial memo, which was circulated via email to a number of key Islamists, coincides with the ongoing conduct of the NIF’s grassroots conferences in a number of states ahead of its general congress slated for August this year.

NIF was dissolved and replaced with the NCP a few years after its military wing conducted a military coup in 1989, which brought President Al-Bashir to power.

However, the NIF was reinstated following the 1999 schism in the NCP which saw the former NIF leader Hassan Al-Turabi being ousted after a bitter power struggle with President Al-Bashir and the civilian Islamists who sided with him, including Vice-President Ali Osman Mohamed Taha.

Taha currently serves as the NIF’s secretary-general but its activities have been largely dormant.

Sources told Sudan Tribune that the memo was submitted few days ago to the NCP’s vice-chairman and presidential assistant Nafie Ali Nafie by a number of Islamists affiliated to the NIF.

The sources added that the disgruntled Islamists leveled severe criticism on the government and its new cabinet, accusing NCP leaders of overstepping NIF members and confining positions to individuals who are tarnished by allegations of corruption and inefficiency.

The Khartoum based daily newspaper Al-Tayyar reported that the identity of the memo’s signers is yet to be known, but quoted sources as saying that the idea had probably emerged from the members of NCP’s parliamentary bloc due to their unhappiness with the refusal of the party’s leadership to consider a reform memo they had previously tabled.

The paper’s sources suggested that the NCP’s rejection of the first memo led its legislative branch to adopt a strong stance against the proposed budget that was tabled before the parliament late last year.

Meanwhile, some key personalities within the NIF denied knowledge about the memo and others denied its existence all together.

Ghazi Salah al-Din al-Atabani, a prominent NCP member and adviser to Bashir, said he did know anything about the memo.

Another Islamist source, quoted on condition of anonymity by the Sudanese daily newspaper Al-Intibaha, has termed news of the memo as mere fabrication.

Other sources spoke to Sudan Tribune of growing dissatisfaction among a group known as the Jihadists within the NCP. They said that the Jihadist group, whose members were mobilized under the slogans of Jihad to fight in the war with South Sudan, is unhappy about the situation within the government and the NCP.

The new memo brought back to memory the famous ’memo of the ten’ which led to the ousting of Al-Turabi, who moved on to form the Popular Congress Party and join the ranks of the opposition.

The most prominent signers of the ’memo of the ten’, which was championed by Taha, included Ghazi Salah al-Din, Amin Hassan Omar, Ali Karti, Osama Abdulla and the late presidential adviser Majzoub Al-Khalifa.


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  • 12 January 2012 08:18, by omoni jr.

    Do not forget about SRF,
    NIF is a terrorist organization which led to deformation of sudan into ugly maps in Africa.

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    • 12 January 2012 08:47, by Logic

      This is insignificant, because those "jihadists/ Islamists" were/ are the main cause of Sudan’s ills. They can fight among themselves all they want but the winds of change will not settle until they’re removed from positions of influence.

      Let them focus on the Islamic dawaa through peaceful means without the misuse of state resources and decipher religious interpretations.

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      • 12 January 2012 09:12, by green2

        well most ppl here have become evil about the corruption of s.suan but there is no clean govt on earth! people talk like corruption is starting in s.sudan govt. How long s.sudan been on earth as independent country! this how foolish we are as black people!USA was battling with corruption for more than 30 years when they got their independent!orginizing of the state is not like house’s orginization

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    • 13 January 2012 00:15, by kuminyandi

      Why Mr. Gosh is pictured in the article without any news about him? Aren’t he supposed to make a coup for Al bashir regime long time ago! I hope they declare jihad to themselves so that they would burn in the hell of deep fire..Amen
      Kuminyandi is BACK after long hiatus..fuck ya. I’m back, bitches and niggers aint got shit on me...


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  • 12 January 2012 08:27, by Madina Tonj

    Well, the economic will soon shocking people. According to hearsay, the real Arabs business men in Northern Sudan are saying if president Bashir still leading nation then, they would rather leave and go to Southern Sudan. They see president Omar al Bashir as a man who puts Arab in every bad situation when they sees rebels are coming near Khartoum while, the living comfortable is getting dry up.

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  • 12 January 2012 08:55, by green2

    Where are you? you always have big mouth on the corruption of s.sudan! what is going on here? people, official are complaining here for corruption! I always talk about religion because it’s the starting of everything in Arabs cultures! cultures of pretending and denial that, something exist when it’s really existing! unity of sudan had fade out because of religion, nothing than that!!

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    • 12 January 2012 09:27, by mohammed ali

      Green, I am here Mr.Green.You always talk about religion, but yo donnot know anything about it!Islam is not Arab religion as there are more non-Arab muslims than Arab.I always said there is corruption , but there different types of corruption.Whatever it is we are after it and denounce strongly.You ratial comments are stupid and parrot repetition of the propoganda which is used to brain wash you!

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      • 12 January 2012 09:42, by Daniel Buolmawei

        There’s no difference between Islam and Arabs. That’s why you consider yourselves Arabs though you are black African people. Most of you are completely Arabs in their hearts only because they are Muslims and nothing else.

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      • 12 January 2012 09:50, by green2

        @Ali, im not against, when people point the corruption!My big problem with one and you is that, we are not rational enough when it comes for corruption.How long this country call s.sudan been on earth? i asked you yesterday about sudan history? how many coups had happen in sudan and why? USA,during thi independent they battle with corruption 3decades! manging of country isnt easy!i kn, its a threa

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  • 12 January 2012 09:31, by Deng Sam Malek

    Sudan is a very corrupt country and here is the Data for you to drive the point home:
    The 2011 CPI (Corruption Perception Index)score was 1.6 and the country rank was 177 out of 182.
    And before CPA, the highly corrupt score was 1.3.
    Who doesn’t know the prove????

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  • 12 January 2012 09:38, by Daniel Buolmawei

    "They said that the Jihadist group, whose members were mobilized under the slogans of Jihad to fight in the war with South Sudan, is unhappy about the situation in the government and the NCP."

    Well, you will die before you wage your jihadist war against South Sudan. How will you survive forces of change if you don’t accept reforms, otherwise, your government will be choked off very soon.

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  • 12 January 2012 12:39, by abdullah

    NCP days are numbered,a colleague received the Email,it’s calling for wide reforms to give more freedom but not of one or two men ruling Sudan like their organization, Sudanese are feed up with Nafi Ali Nafi and Bashir behavior of dictatorship style unilateral decisions.However we in opposition and SRF will not stop contacts with moderate forces of Taha and Gosh to topple Bashir Dictatorship regim

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  • 12 January 2012 12:48, by abdullah

    Actually some officials inside NCP think it will be better if Bahir, Ali Nafi and defense minister are allowed to go to ICC court so this can relieve the Sudanese peoples from all the current mess of NCP, this can lead to reforms and restructuring of the political system to accommodate all parties and resolve marginalization from Bashir dictatorship.

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  • 12 January 2012 13:43, by Garang Geng

    the only way for Sudan to be stable is unless Bashir joins Gadhafi
    leave alone if stop corruption, still no good governance in present of bashir and Nafie Ali al ma Nafa. i cannot mention taha bcoz Taha can atleast understand the situation

    the ideologies of the Islamist in the way they want every living and non-living things on earth to be an Arab is the cause of this misunderstanding in Suda

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  • 12 January 2012 21:02, by Elijah B. Elkan

    These people had screwed up the entire country. First they let go the south Sudan because of their wicked religion. Now they are trying for go Darfur, Kordufan, Blue Nile and East Sudan in the name of evil Mahammed. Inbreeding can create idiots like Salah Gosh, Nafi Ali Nafi, Ali Osman Mohamed Taha, Omar Al-Bashir. These criminals are the most wanted criminals in the world and all should hang.

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