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Sudanese opposition slams calls for Islamic constitution

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March 1, 2012 (KHARTOUM) — Sudanese opposition parties condemned pressures by Islamists parties and groups to adopt an Islamic constitution in Sudan after the secession of South Sudan last July.

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Sudan President Omar Hassan al-Bashir in prayer after winning national elections in 2010 (Reuters)

The Sudanese Muslim Brotherhood, Salafi Ansar Al-Suna, the far-right Just Peace Forum (JPF) and a number of Sufi groups held a founding meeting for the Islamic Constitution Front on Tuesday. Personalities from some opposition parties and the ruling National Congress Party attended the event.

The Popular Congress Party (PCP) of Hassan al-Turabi was quick to dissociate itself from the radical coalition and its deputy secretary general Abdallah Hassan Ahmed stressed that he was at the launch meeting in a personal capacity.

In a statement released on Thursday the National Consensus Forces further condemned the gathering of Sudanese Islamists and accused the ruling National Congress Party of seeking - through extremists and radical groups - to impose the Sharia laws.

"After more than twenty years of suffering and while the country is experiencing a comprehensive crisis, the National Congress Party seeks to repeat the experience of religious fanaticism, and emergency and inquisition courts through a new alliance with the ‘Takfiri’, and advocates of sedition and fragmentation of the country" on ethnic, religious and regional basis, the opposition said.

The opposition parties further said they are now facing a new coalition of "corrupt tyrants and fanatics" who seek to prolong their survival through the use of religion.

The opposition, which says it is committed to a secular state and the exclusion of religion from political affairs, vowed to use all the democratic and peaceful means to remove the regime and build a democratic and plural regime in Sudan.

The national consensus urged all the Sudanese people to resist the calls of the extremist forces and to work with the national forces to achieve a true democratic transition.

Sudanese president Omer al-Bashir and head of the ruling National Congress Party has pledged at different times that the Islamic law would be the main source of the next constitution. However, he has engaged in a dialogue with the two main opposition forces in the country.

The Umma party of Sadiq al-Mahdi refused to join a coalition government with the NCP asking to form a national government and to reach negotiated settlement with the South Kordofan, Blue Nile and Darfur rebellions. But the Democratic Unionist Party of Mohamed Osman al-Mirghani is participating in the coalition government saying Sudan’s integrity is at risk.

The government, on the other hand, refuses to associate the PCP of Turabi and the Communist party in the consultations accusing them of seeking to topple the regime with the Sudan’s many rebel groups in peripheral areas.

(ST)

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  • 2 March 2012 20:14, by justin deng

    Sudanese opposition parties should not refuse sheriah law because it is the real price of losing S.Sudan.ALL N.Sudanese termed S.Sudanese as infidels when they were calling for citizen-based state.Now is the time for Northerners to harvest the product of unwise past.I thought that only Southerners refused sheriah!!now every northerner who rejects sheriah is an infidel,no doubt.Shame on them.

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  • 2 March 2012 20:42, by zulu

    There you got it NCP A system deformed, corrupted and seclusive will never stand. The people have had it and they want change, an alternative model of governance that seeks to be inclusive and systematic. It is not South Sudan but your policies that has ruined the country. Let other people rule it with efficacy.

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  • 2 March 2012 21:35, by Chok Deng

    Thumb up to the opposition,if you allow this Islamic constitution to be pass,then put in your mind that the rrmaining Sudan is going to disintegrate into pieces(not peace).

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  • 2 March 2012 22:53, by morogot batal

    - beshir is traping him self alone.
    - if islam is realy a religion,shop his hand because he is a thief
    - he killed many muslim in terms if looting their land and resources
    - otherwise he want to endirty your religion in the face of the world that islam is a region of stealing,killing,looting,raping etc.....

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  • 3 March 2012 07:34, by solider

    Its clear the white man don’t want to arrest bashir.the west want a war between N&S so s sudan is forced to by advanced weapons .they will suck your oil in exchange of weapons.that can’t be done without bashir .south sudan is trapped.

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    • 4 March 2012 01:27, by australian

      No. You’re wrong. What a horrible thing to say.

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