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Sudan’s president Al-Bashir might vie in next elections, his party says

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April 22, 2011 (KHARTOUM) – Sudan’s President Omer Al-Bashir will run for presidency in next elections at his party’s discretion, an official said on Friday, dousing earlier assertions that the 21-year-ruling leader will not seek another spell in power.

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Sudan President Omer al-Bashir arrives at Khartoum airport March 31, 2011 (REUTERS PICTURES)

North Sudan’s ruling National Congress Party (NCP) announced in February this year that its chairman Al-Bashir, who ruled Sudan since seizing power in a military coup in 1989, would not seek re-elections in 2015, leading to speculations that the party was trying to preempt a revolt similar to the ones currently seen in some Arab countries.

"[Bashir] announced that he will not enter the coming elections to compete for the presidency," Rabie Abdel-Aati, a senior National Congress Party official, was quoted by news agencies.

"I can confirm 100 percent that Bashir is not going to run for president in the next election. He will actually give a chance to different personalities to compete for the position," Abdel-Aati said. "But he is not under pressure... This is not in the context of the change that is happening in the Arab world. It is happening because of the political strategy of the NCP to broaden participation," he added.

But the NCP’s Vice-President Nafi Ali Nafi on Friday contradicted his colleague’s statement, raising the possibility of his party fielding Al-Bashir as a presidential candidate in 2015 elections.

“I know that Al-Bashir has no desire to run again, however, our work is not subject to people’s desires, but rather to what the organization sees,” Nafi said in a radio interview on Friday, adding that asking Al-Bashir to vie in next elections was definitely a possibility if the NCP sees so.

Sudan held general-elections in April 2010 under the provisions of the Comprehensive Peace Agreement (CPA) which ended in 2005 nearly half a century of intermittent civil wars between north and south Sudan, which also voted in January to secede and form an independent state in July this year. The NCP won a landslide victory and Al-Bashir was re-elected in the vote which was marred by opposition boycotts and reports of mass fraud.

Separately, the hard-line NCP official said that the opposition National Umma Party (NUP) might join the current government if a “limited number” of issues are agreed upon, including the issue of the International Criminal Court (ICC) which the NUP views as a legitimate judicial body, according to Nafi, as well as reduction of the country’s states to six provinces.

The NUP leader and former Prime Minister, Al-Sadiq al-Mahdi, said this week that points of disagreements in his party’s dialogue with the NCP would be referred to a “decisive” meeting with Al-Bashir.

Al-Mahdi has consistently defended his decision to engage in a dialogue with the NCP despite dissatisfaction within the NUP’s ranks and calls by his allies in the opposition coalition for political mobilization to topple the regime.

He asserts that his party is negotiating over a raft of demands he terms as “the national agendas”, including a solution to the ICC which is seeking the arrest of Al-Bashir on charges of war crimes, crimes of humanity and genocide allegedly committed in the country’s westernmost region of Darfur.

The NCP and Al-Bashir refuse to comply with the ICC’s warrants of arrests, repeatedly denigrating the court as a western conspiracy to change the regime in Sudan.

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  • 23 April 2011 09:19, by Angelo Ajiech Manyuat

    If Bashir run for the president in 2015 or not is a none of our goddamn business. Our business is to get their butts out of our affairs period. I know for sure president Bashir will not leave power peacefully unless do so by force. As a matter of fact, I’m quite sure there is will not be a democracy in the north as long as the NCP still in the power. In addition, Bashir’s boys will not let him leave the power because they knew that if president Bashir leave the power then that will be the end of their political career. The best thing other parties should do is to get them out from power by force like what Egyptian did to their leader.

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  • 23 April 2011 11:07, by Martin Muong

    We don’t care whether Bashir is going to introduce monarchy or democracy it is none of our business.Sudan will never be the same as Dr John Garang emphasized during struggle.

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  • 23 April 2011 12:44, by tamar

    From realistic approach,no any example of dictator in the world who has left the power peacefully,Bashir came to power by force and he must be thrown out by force but before that,soonly he is gonna to be hang up by ICC and his followers such as Nafi,Taha,Atia... and other hundreds of killers will face similar charges and even worse than that,even you don’t have to dream that you are gonna stay any longer in the power,
    I have been surprised,when dictators are talking about to broaden political participation and NCP political strategy whereas you are opening military training camps everyday plus beating drums of war, so you need to broaden killing fields,and you want to implement new genocide strategy plus mass graves plan representing in supporting millitias in south,Gen-Gadate,Athor... and bombing of villages in darfur,raping women and girls plus fresh displacement which happened recenty,but shortly Bashir, we are gonna end up and wipe you from earth and we will hang up your head in Khartoum Market,God damm you,God damm NCP.

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  • 23 April 2011 13:37, by Jalaby

    Al Basir should meet his obligation and promises and stop lying to our people and should not run for presidency in the next coming election!

    21 years of ruling is enough and if his coup was justified at that time in 1989 but now we are looking for real democratic and transparency system in north Sudan.

    Al Bashir should step down and take the lesson from our arabs neighboring countries otherwise we will not hesitate to remove him from power and bring him to justice!!!

    Jalaby (Abo Jalabia)

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    • 24 April 2011 13:27, by Martin Muong

      Jalaby what are you waiting for?. If you are pretty sure about toppling Albashir then why don’t you do it right now,because this is the Arab awakening and it’s dawn of Arab democracy.So do it cautiously otherwise Omar will dump you into river Nile with your Mother. The man who is capable of bringing division of Sudan in to two countries through poor leadership is not easy to be downfall as you think. You have no choice but to be under his poor leadership. Just relax you have not yet tired of his tyranny and despotism,let the South get independent on July 9TH you will see the way he will be maltreating you.

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  • 23 April 2011 17:12, by shadowmaster

    This idiot Al Bashir will never give up, he is trying to be president for life. Revolution in the north in coming, we did it twice before, we’ll do it again!

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