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Sudan’s former security adviser was sacked because of “presidential ambitions”


May 4, 2011 (KHARTOUM) – Sudan’s former presidential security adviser, Salah Gosh, was sacked from his position because of his “presidential ambitions”, an official said on Wednesday, stoking speculations of growing divisions within the country’s ruling party.

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FILE - Former presidential adviser Salah Gosh

The senior member of Sudan’s ruling National Congress Party (NCP), Qutbi al-Mahdi, told the Sudanese daily newspaper Al-Watan on Wednesday that Gosh’s attempts to overstep and expand his mandate as a security adviser had led to his removal.

Al-Mahdi, who occupies the position of the NCP’s head of organizations, went on to say that his party had reached the conclusion that Gosh, “among others”, was planning to succeed President Al-Bashir after the latter announced intention to step down when his current term expires in 2015.

Salah Gosh, once a powerful and longest-serving chief of the country’s intelligence apparatus, was abruptly dismissed from his position via a decree issued by President Al-Bashir on 26 April.

His removal came few days after he publicly fell out with the NCP’s strongman and presidential assistant, Nafi Ali Nafi, over the dialogue he was conducting with opposition parties under the umbrella of the Presidential Security Advisory (PSA), which Gosh chairs.

Gosh publicly contradicted Nafi’s statement that the dialogue was not sanctioned by the party’s leadership, stressing that it was enjoying approval by president Al-Bashir, and that Nafi had no right to interfere in his job.

Qutbi said that the issue of the PSA dialogue with opposition parties “represents only a small part” of the problem, saying that Nafi did not even attend the meeting in which the decision to sack Gosh was made.

He told the newspaper that Gosh’s activities were surrounded by many questions which led the party to re-evaluate his attitudes. He further added that Gosh was “grooming himself” to take over Sudan’s presidency.

Speaking on condition of anonymity, a senior NCP official told Sudan Tribune that Gosh was removed for reasons that are completely different from what is swirling around the domestic arena. The official denied that Gosh would be sacked from the party.

This week Qutbi Al-Mahdi told local media that Gosh might soon see himself booted out of the NCP’s leadership altogether.

He said he was expecting a soon-to-be-made decision stripping Gosh of all his titles within the party which included presiding over the NCP’s workers’ secretariat. The former adviser also holds a parliamentary seat as a representative of the Merowe constituency.

However, Al-Mahdi fell short of saying whether Gosh’s membership would be revoked.

Apart from Al-Mahdi, NCP officials generally avoided giving details on the reasons for Gosh removal. The NCP’s prominent member Ghazi Salah al-Din last week said that Gosh’s dismissal was dictated by internal party considerations.

Some observers in Khartoum have speculated that Gosh was planning a coup against Bashir with the consent of the U.S. administration while others linked his removal to an Israeli strike carried out in East Sudan against suspects arms smugglers in early April. The government claimed that Israel had informants on the ground who provided the intelligence to carry out the operation.

Gosh is the poster boy of counterterrorism cooperation between the U.S. Central Intelligence Agency and Sudan’s National Intelligence and Security Services, over which he presided since 2002 until he was surprisingly demoted to the rank of a presidential adviser for security affairs in August 2009.

The subtly pro-government daily newspaper Al-Sudani on Tuesday reported that the U.S embassy in Khartoum showed great interest in Gosh’s removal.

The paper quoted unidentified sources as saying that the embassy had invited a number of writers and political leaders to watch a documentary film but the embassy staff was keen to hold sideline talks with the participants on the repercussions of Gosh’s dismissal and what was happening within the NCP.

The Islamist opposition leader Hassan Al-Turabi who was just released from a 4-month detention today, suggested that Gosh was involved in a power struggle.

"The tyrant does not allow anyone to share power with him but he forgives the mischief. He who was sacked aspired for power, economic and political power and was fired the first time [as a result]. The second [time] he tried to cling to power and money and reinforce his position so he was fired," Turabi said.


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  • 5 May 2011 08:29, by DANDHEL

    Its really doesn’t bother me if he got sacked or got kill just like his uncle Bin Laden..bring good news Sudan Tribunal rather than these Arab scumbags news..

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  • 5 May 2011 08:30, by Mr. Truthteller

    Dictators in both Khartoum and Juba refuse national democratic consensus with political parties.

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  • 5 May 2011 08:44, by Jalaby

    Could be!

    Yes, Salah Gosh cannot hide his ambitions to become the president of north Sudan but who is going to elect Salah Gosh?

    Salah Gosh has bad history in torturing people when he was the head of Sudan security Agency.

    Who is Salah Gosh to become president of Sudan? what is his political qualification? does he believe in democracy? does he believe in free media? does he accept other opinions?

    Sorry buddy, we cannot accept person like Salah Gosh and Nafie Ali Nafie to rule us, that’s impossible, although Nafie Ali Nafie is good when goes hard and shows no mercy against SPLM/A, we like that job and we support him but other than that he is no good.

    Sorry Gosh, it is time you quit politics and stay home!

    Jalaby (Abo Jalabia)

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  • 5 May 2011 13:14, by sid balad

    LOOOOOOOOL @ JALABY, man i laughed so hard .. You are absolutly right. If race was about skin color janubeen would be a race on their own because now that i think about it, even pure africans are not as dark as the janouben.
    But on a serious note, people should see past someones skin tone if they want to know thier race.

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    • 5 May 2011 16:21, by Jalaby

      sid balad,

      Those guys are very strange, they consider people with black color skins are only Africans and do not really recognize people who live in north Africa as Africans including Barber despite they live in north Africa for thousends of years because their color skins are not black but light and white!!!

      They make their judgement strictly and merely on color skin!

      According to their theory, if we bring those black Americans to Sudan then they will consider them Halaba
      including president Obama (LOOOOL)!

      I strongly believe they do not consider these famous black Americans as real black people because of their light color skins (may be Halaba LOOOL):
      Obama, Jesse Jackson, Louis Farrakhan, Denzel Washignton, Halley Berry, Michael Jackson, Mohamed Ali, etc.

      Jalaby (Abo Jalabia)

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      • 5 May 2011 21:11, by Ahmed Chol


        It is not other people that call you Arab. It is you the people that consider yourselves to be Arab first and Africans/Sudanese second. If you were not working to turn Sudan into and an Arab country, nothing would have brought the civil war and the split the country now . Garang was looking for a united secular Sudan for everybody not just for Arabs as you people claim. Garang even asked, How would everybody feels if the Fur tribe [in Darfur] say that Sudan should and must be turned into a Furian Country? And therefore everybody should be forced to learn Fur culture and language. And what if the Dinkas, Nuer, or Zande say the same thing? Off course that will be ridiculous. Arabs don’t see that absurdity and this is the problem of Sudan centered in. Arabs are just a tribe in Sudan just like any other tribe and they are part of Sudan. Sudan belong to a everybody and there should be no one superior group/tribe trying to bully the others.

        Ahmed Chol, Whatever begins in anger, ends in shame

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