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Sudanese president to skip Zuma’s inauguration


May 8, 2009 (WASHINGTON) – The Sudanese president Omer Hassan Al-Bashir will not attend the inauguration ceremony for South African newly elected president Jacob Zuma on Saturday.

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South African President elect Jacob Zuma (Reuters)

Zuma will be sworn in Saturday as the fourth president since the fall of apartheid system, with almost 100 foreign delegations — including nearly 30 heads of state — set to attend with 30,000 onlookers gathered on the lawns at the seat of government in Pretoria.

South African media reported that Al-Bashir has been formally invited to attend but despite that, the Sudanese envoy in Cape Town was warned that his president will face arrest if he comes.

Al-Bashir faces an outstanding arrest warrant issued last March by judges at the International Criminal Court (ICC) over his alleged role in Darfur atrocities.

South Africa is a member of the Rome Statute which forms the basis of the ICC and is therefore obliged to arrest the Sudanese head of state,

This week a source in the South African presidency told the BusinessDay newspaper that it is not in the interest of Al-Bashir to come to the ceremony.

“If he does, that will create a situation, and we would be forced to arrest him, and we don’t want that,” he said.

The South African Foreign affairs director-general Ayanda Ntsaluba told reporters on Thursday that Sudan will be represented by a delegation without specifying who.

Even so, the South African Litigation Centre, a rights watchdog, said it has two lawyers on stand-by in the event that Bashir does show up, to ensure that the government follows through with his arrest, AFP reported.

South Africa becomes the first country to publicly state that it will arrest Bashir if he lands on its territory.

Some ICC members such as Djibouti said that they will not honor their obligations under the Rome Statute if Bashir visits them.

The African Union (AU) criticized the arrest warrant and called on the UN Security Council (UNSC) to suspend the indictment.

The African ICC members are scheduled to meet in June to consider withdrawing from The Hague based court in protest of the move against Bashir.


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  • 9 May 2009 08:39, by Lokang

    Hahaha, "Hicha bulereng hutulu ngania"

    This what we have been talking about.
    Where there is fire, Bashir can not temper landing his feets. It become logic that He only pays a visit or attend invitation where he knows the host will baby-set him. But not in South Africa where the newly appointed leader once hinted that Bashir will not attend his inauguation ceremony. One should not even dare asking him/her self as to why the head of state will not attend that sworing. Furthermore, South Africa is also the member of Rome statue/ICC member as I heard. He may have this lingering thought that he might be arrest in cold-blood.

    Of course, given his high status of warranty, any country with regards to human right may volunteerily arrest him by any given chance. Breath when the oxygen is available, eat when there is plenty to be eaten and drink before judgement days. That;s what Bashir should be doing other than trying to play clean at the last minute. "Earliest bird catches the worm" Mr. President.

    Bashir should only chill and ask for visitatioin from some of his darling countries that supported him for his atrocities in Darfur region.


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    • 9 May 2009 11:07, by son of black

      Presient Basir can not accept such invitation because he knows all the countries that have signed Rome satute and they can not let him go. Bashir has committed alot of atrocities and crimes against humanity in Darfur.Bashir needs to face justice and get arrested in any corner even inside Sudan He has now now banned his trips to the countries that may hand him to the HagueICC.Mr President time will come for you to suffer like Saddam Hussein of Iraq who had anhilat thousands people.

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    • 9 May 2009 12:03, by Wiyual Wech Puk D. Payol.

      Oh!! people of Africa,how does the union be called Africa union, while it favors the criminal arab president who is Bashir and who kill back African in sudan? please try to know that sudan is for black African,and go back to sudan history written at primary level of grade six which said " dugul el-arab fii sudan" which means how arab enter into sudan.that history tell us clearly arab were coming for trade and now they become people of sudan.could you be happy please people of Africa if immigrants traders come and kill black African in sudan,which is the land of Africa for sure? i conderm your support to Bashir not to be arrested.please don’t follow the ideas of Thambo Mbeki,come to Jacob Zuma who has the Africa idealogy.

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  • 9 May 2009 09:44, by kuur Deng

    It is absolutely no news for so called Beshir to skip the innaugration of the new president in south Africa simply because a he know him self the atrociatis he had comitted so far.Of course Behesir has no right to associate himself with Zuma and other leaders who can lead their people as expected of them.Therefore I he managed to skip that occusion but he couldn’t skip death and ICC as it is almost at his door.

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    • 9 May 2009 10:09, by Mathiang

      Zuma is hypocrite. This man is no different than Al Bashir. Jacob Zuma raped
      HIV woman, so how dare for him to project himself as clean a leader. Bashir himself didnot raped any woman , but Jacob Zuma did. So what different did it make, all of them are guilty of the same human right violation and both should face judgement from ICC.
      Shame on you Jacob Zuma! You are not different from al bashir. It is just matter of time and you are next.

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      • 9 May 2009 11:03, by kuduhal

        Hi, bro u need to channel your point of support because our main aims is not with south africa but with sudan,don’t you feel shame about what bashir has done to your mother? go and arrest Zuma,if you have anything in common with him.

        South africa has no common broader with sudan and if they arrest him in ceremony we would not even cast any stone to suoth africa members and i urgent you not to badmouth any politican in south africa because sudan has nothing in common with this country.


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      • 9 May 2009 16:04, by Jay

        Zuma is a true African leader who earns his power through elections.
        Any wise man or woman would never overlook that.

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  • 9 May 2009 21:37, by Kuanlualthoun

    South Africa is not important to us as it is an occupied land by white, whatever they claim it to be, it is completely fake it is just another Palostine in Africa, it requires liberation from white race!! Africa oyeeeeeeeeeeeeeee

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    • 10 May 2009 18:43, by mack waweru


      You are an idiot racist Arab! You still have 19th century perception and mentality. The world has changed since and we are in a "Global Village", and that is why we have millions of Africans everywhere in the West.
      You want tell us that the "Land of Palestine" is occupied by Jews? No, poor Arab. For milleniums, it is a Jewish Homeland. Read history if you are truly African Sudanese.

      Mack Awer

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      • 16 May 2009 01:20, by Kuanlualthoun


        I prefer not to abuse you because it will make me look as ignorant as yourself! For your information I am not Arab but African, I am not against white race as such, but against individuals in that race who always want to occupy or rob others with their Land, white must stop racism and greed otherwise they will only cuase harm to themselves as the world people will once fade up and turn against them!!

        For my beloved South African Land, well your fade will be just like those who tried to occupy other African countries by force but to be defeated later on!! stay there for now but you will all come back to Europe one day!!!

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  • 10 May 2009 20:22, by paul baak anyaar

    So you people are saying General Bashir did not attend the inauguration ceremony for Comrade JZ on saturday? Unbelievable! unbelievable and intriguing, I must add. For since when had Bashir recognized the ICC arrest warrant?

    Perhaps I am going a little bit too far to mention that he feared being arrested and handed over to the ICC by the South African government. Maybe he was kind of tired given his deteroriating age and again his fondness of being together with his beloved wife ( I don’t know her name ladies and gentlemen though she is our First Lady since the guy had never appeared with her in public scenes).Or perhaps he was not interested in being closer to people like Mandella who may appear as the very opposite of his(Bashir’s) personality. I mean, nothing more credible than these could have made him to skip Zuma’s inauguration.I think he is nowadays more interested in attending funerals, presidential weddings like what Mugabe is very fond of, presidential private talks (ppts)just to mention a few of his favourites.

    Forget this argument that Bashir was afraid.How can you easily forget his great show of defiance just a few weeks ago? If he could visit some countries like Libya, Egypt, Eriteria, etc. don’t you think that his next ’host’ will be Obama in the Whitehouse Washington? yes, he will visit the USA, won’t he?

    By Paul Baak Anyaar

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  • 10 May 2009 20:31, by Mareng Akol Mareng

    Haha aaa Iam glad to hear that Blask devil Bashir has been skipped to go for Zuma’s inauguaration in Suoth Africa.
    Congeratulation. It is now known that ICC’s right of arresting IS STIL PREVAILING.

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    • 12 May 2009 10:00, by william wol

      It would have been a mistake to call devil of African to celiberate with them During Jocab Zuma inauguaration, sorry he whoes attempted to envolve Basher in African Activities so long that the arrest warrant is prevailing should be held countable because he is not longer a president but wanted criminal in world sight.

      William Wol

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