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Sudan’s former PM warns NCP that he will support regime change if demands not met


December 18, 2010 (KHARTOUM) – The former Sudanese prime minister and leader of the opposition Umma Party Al-Sadiq Al-Mahdi sharpened his rhetoric unexpectedly against the ruling National Congress Party (NCP) saying that they have to respond to a set of demands by late January.

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former Sudanese prime minister and leader of the opposition Umma Party Al-Sadiq Al-Mahdi (AFP)

Al-Mahdi was quoted by local media as saying that the ruling party headed by president Omer Hassan Al-Bashir must accept the proposal of a national broad-based government that will be tasked with carrying out specific agenda.

According to the prominent opposition figure the interim administration would write a new constitution, conduct new general elections that are fair and free, resolve the Darfur conflict, craft a brotherhood agreement with the south should it opt for independence in next month’s referendum, allowing for unrestricted political, tackling economic crisis an dealing with the International Criminal Court (ICC) row.

He warned that the NCP wants to get rid of the South so it is left to rule the North in the manner they please after the Sudan People Liberation Movement (SPLM) is no longer part of the national government.

The former prime minister said that the secession of the South will cause a significant change in the political landscape of Sudan making the status quo “impossible to sustain”.

Al-Mahdi outlined his options should the ruling party refuses to respond to his demands by January 26.

“I personally at this stage of life, seeing with my own eyes the dismantling of Sudan will contemplate two decisions: join the stream of those who want to overthrow Bashir’s rule or the final relinquishment of political role and let the [Umma Party] General Assembly elect the party’s new leadership” he was quoted as saying.

It is not clear what prompted Al-Mahdi’s remarks but many Sudanese analysts have written extensively about the political deadlock in the country as a result of the NCP’s complete control over the decision making process in the North, leaving out all the other major parties.

The Umma Party have had ups and downs in its relations with the NCP that went as far as signing bilateral agreements that have angered other opposition parties and even many figures within Al-Mahdi’s ranks.

The last general elections in April have given the NCP an overwhelming majority in the parliament while retaining the presidency. Most opposition parties boycotted the elections and even those that participated managed to gain a handful of seats in the national assembly.

In a related matter, the head of the Popular Congress Party (PCP) Hassan Al-Turabi warned that both the North and South will suffer after the likely breakup of the country. He also cautioned that further splits may occur in other parts such as Darfur and the east.

The opposition Islamist leader blamed the people in North and South for not doing enough to change the explosive situation through a popular uprising, according to statements carried by the London-based Al-Hayat newspaper.


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  • 19 December 2010 08:25, by Bol Deng

    The entire sectional of Sudan ( Mainly North, East, West, and others) fought against SPLM ( South Sudan) for something that they do not know. The South has been your enemy for decades,so why crying at this time. Dr John Garang de Mabior said" Sudan will not be the same again". Absolutely true!
    I will be more happy to hear those of Sadiq and Turabi to complain against their own deed. Thanks

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    • 19 December 2010 15:03, by Nhomlawda

      Dr. Sadik Al Mahdi and Dr. Hassen Abdalla Turabi are the greatest enemies of South Sudan.
      It is Sadik Al Mahdi in 1969 who went to Bor Town and ordered the execution of all Bor chiefs for supporting South Sudan Liberation Movement (SSLM) and its military wing Anyanya. This execution angered everybody in Bor land and it was a cause for massive Bor revolt against north in 1983. It was Dr. Al Turabi who declared Jahad on southerners and imposition of Sharia throughout Sudan. It was Al Turabi and Al Mahdi who encouraged the northern army officers such as Ibrahim Shamseddine - the former defense minister to organize and carry out wide spread humiliation of Southerners and assassinations of all prominent southerners who were serving in civil service, police and SAF.
      Therefore, never panic anymore, your stupidity is now revealed and southerners whom you were practicing the art of killing are now matching away from Sudan ugly union.

      Long live the vision of South Sudan country.
      Long live the spirit of unity among southerners.
      Long live the love of motherland that landed Bor chiefs in blazing fire in 1969.
      Long live the spirit of all those who had lost lives as sacrifices for peace, freedom and development.
      Long Live Dr. John Garang’s and Deng Nhial’s vision for peace, freedom, development, and persue of happiness.
      Long live SPLM/A history of resilient struggle.

      Long live fire galvanised by sulphuric acid prepared for those who had made our peaceful and decent living impossible in the Sudan since the invasion of Turkey in 1820.

      Regards, Nhomlawda.

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      • 20 December 2010 02:51, by Jay

        Mr. Prime Minister Al-Mahdi, South is wishing you good luck in your future political theater in the North. South is on its way to freedom.

        For Al-Turabi, you don’t need to let us know that South will suffer after breakup, the people of Southern Sudan knows whether or not they will suffer. All you need to do is worry about yourself in the north.

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    • 19 December 2010 19:10, by Deng Ateny Lueth

      Exact more brother. i thinks those northern politicians are deceived by their minds and hearts. they still thinking that we will dissolve the Government in the south after six and join them in the north. they still thinking that we should disolved our strong arm in the south and join SAF or go back to our villages. they still thinking that south sudan will distroyed her beautiful southern national flag and stay without or use nylon like those that are used in local bars in south sudan. and indeed their hearts and minds are still telling them that, despite list of millions of southern sudanese who registered to vote for separation and become a nation of its own, they believe those things i mentioned are simple and will be distroy or overturn for unknown unity of sudan i dare not to redream of again. what they don’t known in khartoum is that, agreetment is an oath or sacred matter. Arabs believe in simple hoaxes,delusions. we in the south believe in truths because truths have guided us during our just course of freedom and it is going to set us free start ON JANUARY 9 2011 until the day Jesus return to the world. that means no time again to craft what sadiq al mahdi call "brotherhood agreetment" once south opt for secession.

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    • 20 December 2010 01:55, by mzalendo mwema

      Democracy is the best.

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    • 22 December 2010 13:04, by Obol Sam Gabriel

      You are right bro.it’s well know that these people were fought for what they don’t but let them face the consequence.BY OBOL SAM KING COLLEGE LONDON.

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  • 19 December 2010 08:53, by Bol Deng

    You guys did the same things.I am more happier on how Sadiq had realize the situation in Sudan.
    See! Jeffrey Nimeri, Sadiq Almahdi, Suwar El Daap, Omer Bashier were flowing the same channels of suppressing Southerners through imposition of Sharia laws and government suppression. Now, it’s your time to complain among your selves. I love it!

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    • 19 December 2010 09:24, by Genuine Leader

      New constitution without Arab and Islam?.

      we have no way for it now, we will see later if you implement new pure Sudanese system without Arab letter by letter and word by word with Darfur,Punj and Nuba,and build the democratic country in north, we will negotiate in the future base in our future neighborhood relations. German re-united proposal will be consider later not now.
      no room for unity again.
      Genuine Leader, future leader war without border with jalaba if’ unity expose onto spla.

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      • 20 December 2010 02:15, by Ujil

        New Constitution,first Southern Sudan should be free from North then South and North may negotiate for re-unite of two Countries.
        Here are some few things that Arab should accept otherwise.

        - The Southern Sudan flag and national Anthem should be adopted for the New Sudan.
        - New Sudan should be free from Sharia Law.
        - Separation of religion from Sate
        - Early prayer and evening should be abolish.
        - English should be the official language.
        - No prayer in any Government building and public places.
        - May 16 1983 and Dr Garang’s birthday should be national holiday
        - Work schedule monday thru Friday.
        - Social life should be free,eat and drink whatever.
        - Coming of Arabs into Sudan should be taught in every schools
        - Relationship with Israel immediately
        - Sadiq El mahdi followers(Ansar) should be eliminated
        - All streets and avenues named with Arabs names should be change to African,Darfur,Punj and Nuba names
        - All business should be operated during ramadan month.
        - Khartoum Airport needs to be change to Dr John Garang International Airport.
        - Distribution of farms and land in the north
        - Women right should be respected including their participation in politic and decision making
        - No relationship with Iran,Syria,hamas and Isbahalla period.
        - Education system needs to be change
        - 1926 water agreement between Sudan and Eygpt needs to be cancel
        - Northerners have to compensate south Sudan gov for the war victims for 50 years then south may think of negotiation with Arabs otherwise we are done.

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    • 19 December 2010 09:49, by landlord

      I wise Mr Garang was here to kick asses. but i when bashir to feel his own guilty of the crime that he committed in both south and Dar fur

      death to NIP gangster

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  • 19 December 2010 09:07, by Aleu

    Sadid al Mahdi no one will trust all Northern polititians after we have lost 2.5 million people in Sudan with addition of 300,000 lives lost in Darfuri regions.

    You seem to confusing people too. Last time when the SPLM were tried to win the April election over NCP pary then, your party did not co-operated with the SPLM so that the NCP would be been defeated by all mean, but because you also don’t like SPLM to take over the Sudan Country. Barking is not the solution for Sudan instead of action was supposedly to be done in three years ago however, if the Northern Sudanese try to overthrow Omar al Bashir that is up to them to do so but we Southern Sudanese and the rest of the regions in Sudan have already made their minds. Whatever, you guys talking about regime change and renewing Sudan’s constitutions, we have been focusing for numbers of years that, we need the New Sudan meaning everythings all Old constitutions must be throw away and people have to begin with the new constitutional but all Northern Sudan oppose it.

    Dr, Hassan al Turabi has some to be blame also particular, when it cone to the interoduction of the Shariah Law that, none Muslim should be rule by Sharia Law which is shown he was out of touch. Dr, Hassan al Turabi was one of those who thought about such unnecessary Law to divided Sudanese societies and the nation in to many conflicts, but now I think he realizing lately hours that, he had absolutely donea mistakes after when he was jails for many years leaving him wondering why Omar al Bashir turned against seriously.

    Today I would agree with Dr, Hassan al Turabi that, people will have more choices to make it now since the Sudan government turn killers to their own citizens then, many regions will go to Southern Sudan because the name of Southern Sudan still part of Sudan and the dominators from North Sudan will remain isolation for their unfairly mistrust, mistreatment,unbalance power, unbalance budgets and you can name it all these causes for why the Sudan country must be two countries.

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  • 19 December 2010 09:19, by Udukcana.J

    In the would be absence of the SPLM in the north,other opposition parties began to realize they may not be able to tackle the regime alone.

    well , let them deal with it.They are the ones who created the regime and thinking it was to be against the southerners,but its now agains them.

    by: udukcana.j.p

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  • 19 December 2010 09:45, by Jurdit Mayen

    Fack u Sadig

    There is no good Northerner u are the same with your facken brothers (Arab).

    We Southerners will never except any moral support from people like stupid former oppressor of people of Southern Sudan.

    by stubborn boy Lakes state

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  • 19 December 2010 11:06, by Greater Equatoria

    Hi Fellow South Sudanese!
    I’m glad that all South Sudanese are united.Whether you are an Equatorian or Dinka,all have come to an understanding.Although Equatorianas the heroews of the this war between Arabs and blacks,Equatorians forgave the black Dibkas. Now let’s be an independent nation of South Sudan.The next president of South Sudan is going to be an Equatorian.For time being,let Salva Kiir lead.

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    • 19 December 2010 12:08, by Genuine Leader

      Dear Great Quatoria.

      Don’t tired yourself for very simple reason call leadership, leadership or to be a leader comes from different corners, whether God chose by God,by people or by chance.
      i think that no one target power, we work to serve, if you want to be tomorrow leader just work to be tomorrow leader not by tribe. Salva Kiir Mayardit was not elected by Dinka. Salva Kiir Mayardit was elected by people of south Sudan.

      Let me be honest to you, iam Dinka and i could not support any Dinka leader just because he/she is Dinka no, i could support Dinka leader because he/she performance entire nation services well in wanted way . and if’ i was asked to chose my personal choice now for our current leaders, i will pick up non Dinka, i will choose Fagan Amum ,Taban Deng Gai or Lino Makana according my assessment.
      so please we don’t build tribal state in south sudan.

      Genuine Leader, future leader war without border with jalaba if unity expose onto spla.

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      • 19 December 2010 15:28, by hard liner

        Dear genuine leader,
        thanks for your brave and artistic statement and i quote ’’Let me be honest to you, i am Dinka and i could not support any Dinka leader just because he/she is a Dinka, i could support Dinka leader because he/she performs good service to the entire nation. and if’ i am asked to chose, my choice in our current leaders, i will pick up non Dinka, i will choose Fagan Amum ,Taban Deng Gai or Lino Makana according my assessment. so please we don’t build tribal state in south sudan’’. what am trying to say here is that pointing tribal difference will not help the south but will destroy it am happy that you are able to be honest and a true southerner, so brothren lest not seggregate ourselves based on tribal difference, love one another and choose anyone you want to lead because he/she is competent enough to serve the people of south sudan. thanks guys.....!

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    • 19 December 2010 23:48, by kaci-banno

      Dear great Equatorian

      The next president of South Sudan will not be elected according to the way some of us expected. Nation can not be build upon hatred, tribalism and treat other tribes as less important than others. As you said about the next president, to me seems like you are hating Dinka’ not to be a leaders. In fact I’m from maban tribe some time I feel like you feel but let us stop that feeling and try to work together for the future of our country. We want to choose somebody who is capable to build our nation regardless of tribes

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  • 19 December 2010 12:53, by Jada Lotole

    No one on the earth can eat thorn seeds today and vomit mangoes the next time he vists the loo. Alturabi and Almahadi ate seeds of hate and so they are now vomiting it ! Warning ! they must not try to wash thier dirty cloths in our presence lest we disgrace them the more .

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    • 19 December 2010 15:12, by Victory

      Its good that al umma party have come to the point of realization & reaping what they have been sowing all this years, although the whole of Sudan used to be aganist splm including the NCP victim(Darfur)but God have given us victory above our enemies, we the southernas are unstopable right now, whether you change the isamic regim or the entir sudan constitution that is up to you,you nothernas had the golden opportunity to lead a succussful life with southernas,but you fail to do so,its too late sir,away with isalamic leadership.

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      • 19 December 2010 16:34, by Thonkiir

        Kiir must step down after referendum and give another people a chance if not he would facing the entire problems by his own eyes.

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        • 20 December 2010 01:33, by landlord

          you re really suck, where will beny kiir mayar lual go? That is called the dream will never came true let independent came first and we will take care of fromer defectors of nyagateen were ever they re, the chicken had aleady came home and is waiting for roost ahah death to them may God help mr mayar lual to get rid of them Amen.

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  • 19 December 2010 18:58, by kaci-banno

    Turabi and Sadiq are mentally sick, they don’t know what they are talking about. Injustice and wrong government in Sudan isn’t Umar Albashir but he is implementing the plans of Turabi and Sadiq. Their blame to NCP it can’t be a solution rather than encourage South to separate.
    South Sudan will show the good government after referendum. First president Kirr and Dr. Riek should have to resign from the leadership and than Southerners select the new president who carry the civilians mind to bring sustainable development in the new nation.

    By Kaci-Ma-banno

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