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Sudan’s Bashir promotes Taha to first vice-president and appoints a Darfurian as VP


September 13, 2011 13, 2011 (KHARTOUM) — Sudanese President Omer Hassan al-Bashir Tuesday appointed Ali Osman Taha as first vice-president and picked a Darfurian and member of the ruling party as vice-president.

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Sudanese President Omer al-Bashir (L) talks to his Vice President Ali Osman Taha (R) upon his return from Qatar, on March 31, 2011 at Khartoum airport. (Getty)

Since last July the position of First Vice President remained vacant since the independence of South Sudan. Salva Kiir Mayadrit the former first vice-president has become president of the Republic of South Sudan.

Also the Sudanese government committed itself to appoint a Darfurian as vice president during the current term, in accordance to the Doha peace agreement. However, the government refused to include it in the peace deal it signed with the Liberation and Justice Movement (LJM) in the name of equality between the Sudanese states.

Bashir issued Tuesday a presidential decree relieving Taha from his position as vice-president and promoted him to First Vice President for the second time. Taha occupied this position in the past from 1998 to 2005 before the Comprehensive Peace Agreement (CPA) signed with the Sudan People’s Liberation Movement.

The Sudanese president also named al-Haj Adam Yousef, a member of the ruling National Congress Party as vice president. Yousef is a member of the South Darfur Beni Helbah tribe. He is also one of the Islamists figures who supported Turabi since 1999 dissidence and was a leading figure of the opposition Popular Congress Party.

However in November 2010 he joined the ruling National Congress Party saying Sudan would face many threats after the expected secession of South Sudan. He cited possible conflicts over Abyei, Blue Nile, Southern Kordofan, and Darfur stressing that the unity of the Islamists is vital to overcome all these challenges.

Ali Osman Taha has been marginalized since the singing of the CPA after the death of the SPLM leader John Garang three weeks after his return to Khartoum in July 2005. He was blamed by NCP hardliners for making too many concessions to the former rebel group during the negotiation process.

His appointment will likely quell speculations circulating in Khartoum about his possible removal from his position in the new government after the separation of the South Sudan.

LJM and the government on 16 July signed in Doha a protocol on the former rebels political participation in the national government and Darfur institutions. From the agreement it appears that the group was interested in Darfur regional authority and states more than the federal institutions.

In accordance with the July 16 deal, the LJM will get the chairperson position in the Darfur regional authority besides one national ministerial portfolio and two state ministers at the national level.

El-Tijani Sissi, LJM leader and former Darfur governor, indicated clearly he is not interested in the position of vice-president, saying Khartoum can give this position to a another rebel group.


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  • 14 September 2011 11:02, by Mapuor

    That is completely rubish.Its a policy of divide & rule that will never bring peace to Darfurians,this move should have been done on the people of Darfur consensus.If Bashir appoints his crony & party member,this contradicts with universal ways of people’s representation.Dar-fur will never see peace if something tangible is not done.

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    • 14 September 2011 17:09, by MINDED.DUDE

      Adam yousef,
      This man is the one who implemented and oversee the work of Janja weed terrorists organization in Darfur during Genocide time. And this is part of arabisation and promotion of islamic ideologies in sudan.""Divide and Conquered ""
      NCP, FOR YOUR INFORMATION people did not take arms against your wicked and failed state in order to be given a position as president or vice president."" freedom for all citizens is the main agenda.

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    • 15 September 2011 08:36, by Your Freedom

      To Darfurians , this was how w start our Separation years wit Kharuom peeace agreement that came up with Coodintion council , and the Position of te vice President, and that was Moses Machar, do not give up its only sme years away to be free like South , and Blue Niule wl join you soon and Southern Kordofan, we also with You

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  • 14 September 2011 11:44, by okucu pa lotinokwan

    It is real shame to the former rebel of Darfur who signed peace with NCP,in interest of being the Vice president of Sudan,or he will be given the former post of Makawia,who went back to the bush after failing with NCP in implementing Abuja peace,it is areal truth that this man who sign peace this time or will also go back to the bush or will starting fighting from inside Khartoum

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  • 14 September 2011 14:35, by James Umuor M.

    Let the North sudanese mess themselve be it politically, militarily or any kind of war let them go ahead and test it.
    Muslim leaders are always on fight over dried-up borns like dogs.
    However i even do not know why Basher is still called Sudanese president rather than calling him Northern sudanes president or NCP.

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    • 14 September 2011 17:25, by mohammed ali

      You people donnot see what is happening inside your own country; yet you are talking about muslim fighting! Just more 1500 died in the south during the last few months...did they die from hugging, kissing and love!

      Brainwashed, silly ignorants!

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      • 14 September 2011 18:20, by Wen De David Kuol

        Look at this Bashir Government, Cheating and Bullinf Darfurian to fight for him during the ICC last chapter agression.

        Plus Evitable Overthrown by Milita-Political Wings waging war on North Sudan now is serious.

        Let them cheat but this is the last time to exercise cheating and Blackmailing Northerners.

        Militarily PARTIES OR POLITICAL ORGANISATION Must acts NOW, Remove that Government from Power and you will be safe like South Sudan.

        Fever of Genocide by NCP regime had gone with them to Khartuom being carried out in Blue Nile and Nuba Civilians.

        Shame on Bashir and Taha. North Sudan belong to Arman, Malik, Abd.Azizi, Khalil, Miniwiw. Take the LEAD ALL. YOU HAVE PEOPLE WITH YOU...........WAR IS THE ONLY REMEDY TO KHARTUOM. ..... NO PEACE WITH KHARTUOM should be your Slogan.



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        • 15 September 2011 09:53, by Board1

          Big no if those people can understand it, the only man to have that possition is Dr. Khalil. Gen.Abdla Aziz El Hilu to take the possition of Minister of defence and Malik Agar the second vice presedent. Moahmmed Ali understand it well , don’t talk about our affairs. and that one is going to take place.arabization and ilamization is ending, learn from those who call theselves arab world, what happen there?

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          • 15 September 2011 17:32, by deltakilo144@yahoo.co.uk

            No Man decision got no political propaganda/ strategy.

            my dear Darfurian it is a time to reinforce the political activities and military wing in Darfur. what has been done by Omer Hassan Bashir is just a held-off that can quickly advices and getting calm of community in western Sudan such that the community of Darfur should be happy as to leave their victory that enable to freed themselves from endless marginalization,imperialism and racism in North Sudan that never end in the heart of incumbent president.iam saddened by the regime of Bashir and other Arab leaders since the independent of Sudan in 1956 till date.Bashir by himself is not a good leader because he has personal powers that enable him to declare thing like,state of emergency,bombardment,tortured,genocide,rapping,killing by panga etc,i just can not understand what a bullock of Arab that posting proboscis on the African tribe in Sudan.i hope Darfur will proceed ahead with war it war that give you History to be know,but under the Islamist policies in North Sudan, i for one begging the pardon for Fur people not to be blindfold by Islamization brotherhood,religion is nothing to do with it but you fight for a secular state that give all qualities of equal citizens in all corridors of Sudan from east,south and west.Bashir is a leader of dead people who order during Igaz govt that,it is from presidential palace to cemetery. All dictators in Africa have gone but he will still go out of the power,Darfur people should get united like South Sudanese to defeat the enemy.Dr: Khalil and others Fur people will wage strong war to box down Bashir and his National Congress party(NCP)
            Darfur Oyeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeee, Thanx and congratulation to Body 1 who comment very positively,Vice president is not a big deal, Fur man that has been appointed as vice president should reject that position.

            By the original citizen of Sudan.

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