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Sudan’s NCP denies resignation of its parliament’s majority leader


November 25, 2012 (KHARTOUM) – The ruling National Congress Party (NCP) on Sunday denied reports that the head of its parliamentary bloc resigned to protest the outcome of the Islamic Movement (IM) convention that took place this month in Khartoum.

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Former adviser to Bashir and ex-head of the ruling National Congress Party (NCP) parliamentary bloc Ghazi Salah al-Deen Al-Attabani

The NCP’s spokesperson Badr al-Deen Ibrahim said that news of Ghazi Salah al-Deen al-Attabani’s departure are simply "rumors" and stressed that he is a member in good standing of the party.

Ibrahim accused unspecified parties of propagating the rumor in an attempt to "fish in troubled waters".

Al-Attabani himself said in press statements that he is still with the NCP and reiterated that he has not been summoned or quizzed in connection with the alleged coup attempt uncovered this week by Sudanese authorities.

The former presidential adviser is seen by many as a symbol of the reformist faction within the NCP which is pushing for separating the NCP from the Islamist movement and embracing democratic transformation as well as promoting new faces to leadership positions.

But Al-Attabani has reportedly withdrew his candidacy for Secretary General of the IM and left the meeting due to what he saw as interferences by influential government figures who pushed through amendments he opposed.

But an NCP figure who closely followed the workings of the convention told Sudan Tribune this weekend that Al-Attabani pulled out after finding out that the NCP leadership have determined to choose someone else for that position.

Al-Attabani’s name has been also been linked to the 13 Islamist military and security officers arrested on Thursday night and accused of plotting to overthrow the regime. This included former head of National Intelligence and Security Services (NISS) Salah Gosh and Brigadier General Mohamed Ibrahim Abdel-Galil who is better known as ’Wad Ibrahim’.

Wad Ibrahim in particular enjoys tremendous popularity among Islamists and last year he gathered around 1,000 Islamists at his home including Al-Attabani. He is believed to be the leader of the group widely known as "Al-Sae’ohoon" which formed the core of special forces fighting South Sudan rebels during the civil war since president Omer Hassan al-Bashir came to power in 1998 in a bloodless military coup backed by the National Islamist Front (NIF) .

Al-Sae’ohoon is said to be unhappy about NCP leadership abandoning Islamic values and giving too much concessions to South Sudan which became an independent state last year. They have also urged Bashir to sack his defense minister Abdel-Rahim Mohamed Hussein whom they hold responsible for army failures and defeats.

The NCP spokesperson told reporters that anyone calling for change should express their views through proper channels within the party institutions. However he underscored that those calling for reforms should not think that it is "their way or the highway" given differing views.

"There is no problem for the party in hearing [different] views but there may be a problem in that the ones offering opinions want others to succumb to their opinions and points of view" Ibrahim said.

Ibrahim made the statements following NCP politburo meeting held to discuss the alleged coup attempt.

He also expressed concern over growing speculations and false rumors on the plot and those involved adding that only security agencies are responsible for disclosing information on that.

A press conference scheduled by information minister today to offer more details on the plot has been cancelled without explanation.

Many observers and opposition figures in Sudan have appeared skeptical on the government’s version of the story given conflicting statements made by officials on whether it was an aborted coup or simply discussions among those accused.

This week NCP’s leading figure Qutbi al-Mahdi suggested that Gosh will likely be cleared and released while local newspapers in Khartoum quoting security sources said that he will likely be referred to a military tribunal.


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  • 26 November 2012 07:40, by Jalaby

    NCP should understand it very clear now, we Sudanese people are fed up of mismanagement, corruption and disaster mistakes that NCP leaders committed and dragged us into this catastrophe situation!
    Change is required today before tomorrow,Bashir,Ali Osman, and others around them should retire now and people like Gahzy should lead otherwise we won’t hesitate making ArSp

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    • 26 November 2012 07:50, by Aaban

      Because the site doesn’t accepted Arabic writing I would have write directe to you because I’m not good in English,
      What you just said here shows your lack of direction at all, both your relatives who are occupying the NCP are all criminal and non of them deserve to rule the country, imagine if they leave the power today, they will all be put on trial for crimes the committed, ja’lain arehopeles

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      • 26 November 2012 08:09, by Deng E. Manyuon

        Your English is good and very clear. You don’t need to write it in Arabic in order to be understood! You hit the neck!!
        The issue is not about having the new faces in the NCP leadership, rather, it is too beyond power struggle within a particular party in Khartoum. Of course, Mr Jalaby will definitely struggle to get it through.

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      • 26 November 2012 08:19, by Jalaby

        My friend, you never ever missed the word "ja’lain" from any of your comments, what is the matter with you?you’ve to know the fact that this is the first time ever one "ja’aly" person rules Sudan if you take it that way but we never ever look at it the way you look at it, we never look to Nimary/Souar Al-Dahab, etc as Dungolawi

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        • 26 November 2012 08:25, by Jalaby

          Bashir is Ja’aly from his mother side but Bedairy from his father side but who cares?! we really don’t care about that at all.
          You’re so so allergic to word "ja’alin" so I advise you to see a doctor my friend before your situation becomes hopeless case!
          BTW,your English is very good and much much better than many Jonobean who claim to know English but they’re so poor!

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          • 26 November 2012 09:14, by Aaban

            Excuse my English, but what U said here doesn’t make any sense at all, do you actually know that I once being a member of mujahidin fighting the south Sudan rebal as we used to called? Please the sign of hypocrite are three thinks , whenever they speak, they tell a lie, whenever they promised, they broke their promised, if you have trust in them, they they proved to be dishonest, shame on ja’lai

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            • 26 November 2012 09:20, by Aaban

              All this things I quote over there, just proved you inparticulare as a silly person who just spent his time here with nothing that will ever come out in your mouth positive,
              I read your friend called himself northern Sudan comments full of racist words such as dark and monkey obscene language yesterday, and I was supires by the way he talk, do you have to talk on colour so that you can win? I’m

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              • 26 November 2012 09:25, by Aaban

                a black person and that doesn’t make me southerner person, I never seen you advise such people like northern Sudan, dose north Sudan think he is really smart to talk about colour? If we talk about colour in Sudan, I believed nobody will remain in this country among ja’lain criminal because they are minority, migrants who have no land, but because we accepted mankind, we say we are sudanse,

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  • 26 November 2012 07:53, by Son of Ngundeng

    Dear African slaves was so called Arab, if you stop the three guys from NCP party, Basheir can be handle to I.C.C freely without question, but you are clever to return them to the party.

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  • 26 November 2012 08:06, by Akolde Nhiak Jinub

    Jalaby, Have U just realized z NCP is the diaster to Sudanese people? U must be very naive. Since NCP goes into power, Sudan n her people have suffered in unimagineable degree n z God can’t condone, thus Bashir is now dying 4 his mistakes n crimes against humanity! He is soon dying! Let him go! Let him go to pay for what he did to others in their innocence leading them to graves by Bashir!

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  • 26 November 2012 08:35, by Foxtail


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    • 26 November 2012 10:57, by Aaban

      They relatives and to be a criminal soon of Ja’lain family run way. When I tell them the trust because they hate to be challenged inside,
      They reality is that, they don’t know we’re the war was fought in the south and also in north, they are sitting getting their ball fat in the chairs knowing nothing about who fought for them to keep power of evil

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