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NCP says Sudan lacks basis for ’Arab Spring’

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July 16, 2012 (KHARTOUM) – Officials from Sudan’s ruling National Congress Party (NCP) have refused to equate ongoing protests in the country to the Arab Spring phenomenon, casting the unrest as a sabotage plot by opposition parties.

A Sudanese woman stands in front of an electoral poster for Sudan’s ruling National Congress Party (Guardian)

NCP’s leading member Qutbi Al-Mahdi said on Monday that opposition parties are incapable of emulating their counterparts in Arab countries and create a revolution in Sudan. He asserted that opposition parties do not have programs for resolving the economic crisis.

Worsening economic conditions have triggered small but widespread protests across different parts of Sudan for the last month. The NCP attributes Sudan’s current economic situation, as manifested in soaring inflation and depreciation of currency, to the loss of about three quarters of the country’s oil production due to South Sudan secession.

Critics however point to NCP’s rampant corruption, chronic mismanagement, and overspending on defence and security to fund wars and remain in power.

According to Qutbi, the people did not respond to calls for protests because they realise that the opposition has no economic policies or programs that are better than those of the government.

The NCP figure voiced confidence that Sudanese people enjoy a level of awareness that will prevent them from taking to the streets to enable traditional opposition parties who ruled before to return to power.

“If the opposition ever ruled Sudan again it will take the country down,” he said before returning to criticise opposition parties for attempting to imitate the Arab Spring style of protests saying that the Arab Spring will not manifest in Sudan because its basis are not existent.

Similarly, the NCP’s political secretary, Hasabu Mohamed Abdel-Rahman, said on Monday that opposition parties are incapacitated due to their ideological and political divisions. Hasabu reiterated that the NCP stands for freedom of expression but will apply the law against anyone who commits sabotage.

Earlier this month, mainstream opposition parties allied under the coalition National Consensus Forces (NCF) signed a charter called the ’democratic alternative’ which forged consensus on regime change through peaceful means and outlined the basis for a three year transitional period to run the country after the fall of the NCP.

But it is unclear whether these parties are throwing their full weight behind the protests which have so far been led by anti-government youth activists.

Al-Sadiq al-Mahdi, leader of the opposition National Umma Party (NUP), says he is conducting a dialogue with the NCP to ensure a peaceful transition of power.

(ST)

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  • 17 July 2012 10:28, by Ayom Dor

    This is just a reminder to the dicatator Bashir that, Irresponsible governments have no place in the current 21st century unless he resigns and gives way for the correct leadership in Sudan!!

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  • 17 July 2012 14:21, by AAMA

    Its true, its not an arab spring, its a sudanese one that will eventually remove you from office (even if after a while). Not only that, we had enough from NCP and its faka parties, NIF, PCP, DUP, Umma, Comunists, SPLM N&S, JEM, SLA, SRF. Down with all the sudanese political sectrum, they all contributed to our collective suffering in a way or another.

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  • 17 July 2012 14:25, by AAMA

    The change will be made and then heavily gaurded by the youth of Sudan whom you leaders (i mean ALL of you) didn’t provide anything and handed us a broken country with piles of grieviences.

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    • 17 July 2012 23:42, by sudani ana

      AAMA

      Ahh. You forgot to include the kids from Girifna !!!

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  • 17 July 2012 17:29, by homeboy

    AAMA,what you have voiced is the sentiment and inspiration of any decent Sudanese,

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