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Sudan parliament approves military reserve law

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July 3, 2013, (KHARTOUM) - The Sudanese parliament has unanimously adopted the 2013 army reserve law which allows the defense minister to summon all citizens including government and private sector employees, university graduates, army and regular forces retirees, between ages of 18-60 to join the reserves service.

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FILE - A Sudanese soldier holds his gun in the air during the visit of President Omer Hassan al-Bashir to the Popular Defence Forces (PDF) in Khartoum on March 3, 2012 (EBRAHIM HAMID/AFP/Getty Images)

According to the law, those who refuse to join the reserve forces without a valid excuse will be fined and jailed for up to six months while conscripts who commit a crime during their service period will be imprisoned for three years.

The law bans all reservists, with the exception of pilots and naval reservists, from leaving Sudan during their call for service unless they obtain prior permission and stipulated that all reservists must notify reserves administration within a month after the end of their service of their home and work address.

The law also provides for the formation of a Council for Reserves service including ministers of defense, finance, higher education and scientific research, and human resources development and labor beside the head of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, chief of police, director of the National Intelligence and Security Services (NISS), and general manager of the Security and National Intelligence, and the deputy Chief of Staff for ground forces.

The law allows the defense minister or an authorized representative from the reserves administration to exempt any individual from the service and requires reservists undergo military training before they engage in military operations.

The lawmakers insisted that the age limit for the reserves service must be 60 years instead of 50 years as suggested by some.

The Popular Congress Party (PCP) MP Ismail Hussein, called for keeping the age limit for the army and regular forces retirees open while demanding that age limit for other individuals must be kept at 50 years due to potential health problems suffered by older people such as diabetes, high blood pressure and knee pain.

The defense minister insisted on the 60 years age limit and saying it gives a chance to benefit from the cumulative experience of the senior army officer,s pointing that call for service will be made only when necessary and for a maximum of two months.

The parliament speaker, Ahmed Ibrahim Al-Tahir, for his part considered the laws which have been approved recently by the national assembly including the Sudanese Armed Forces (SAF) law, the reserve service law, the national service law, and the Popular Defense Forces (PDF) a real support for the army, describing it as a “simple gift” for SAF.

Sudanese officials have privately expressed concern over low level of recruitment of conscripts in the armed forces despite intense mobilization campaigns.

This issue was highlighted particularly in the wake of rebel one-month occupation of areas in South Kordofan state.

In a related issue the Sudanese opposition threatened to seek review by the constitutional court of controversial amendments to the 2007 Sudanese Armed Forces (SAF) law which will allow for prosecution of civilians in military courts.

The National Consensus Forces (NCF) opposition coalition accused the ruling National Congress Party (NCP) of seeking to use the law against dissidents.

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  • 4 July 2013 10:38, by Costa

    Basheer better start building bigger prisons, for Sudanese people will decide to remain 6 months in jails than fighting an unjust war. Those of Jalaby will begin to re-enforce their hiding to avoid conscription for a loos war.

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    • 4 July 2013 11:14, by Great

      He should go to hell!!

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    • 4 July 2013 11:21, by Adodi Jotuwa

      The so-called military reserve law/amended military law is a complete farce like the Egypt-Morsi’s "Islamic drafted constitution" that requires unprecedented multi-million strong demonstrations against NCP although the usual suspect Sadiq Al-Mahdi would not take part. Can Sadiq Al-Mahdi issue 48-hour ultimatum to NCP from Khalifa Square? No.

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      • 4 July 2013 11:31, by Adodi Jotuwa

        Costa,
        Building many prisons, amending/approving military reserves law would never solve the Sudan’s fundamental problems or make Sudan a peaceful country on this planet. NCP will be fed up arresting civilians before turning on its SAF members suspected of defecting to SRF/SPLM-N.

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        • 4 July 2013 16:27, by Peacocktail

          Sudan NCP regime had end up in suicide mission of making every citizens Soldier!! Where in the World is one force to fight unjust war against any state. All Sudanese shall never be allow to travel to any Country in the World because they are going to join AL QAEDA group of militarizing Sudanese. Sudanese must wake up and overthrown that regime.Sudan NCP regime had declare war on South Sudan.

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        • 4 July 2013 16:27, by Peacocktail

          Sudan NCP regime had end up in suicide mission of making every citizens Soldier!! Where in the World is one force to fight unjust war against any state. All Sudanese shall never be allow to travel to any Country in the World because they are going to join AL QAEDA group of militarizing Sudanese. Sudanese must wake up and overthrown that regime.Sudan NCP regime had declare war on South Sudan.

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        • 4 July 2013 16:36, by Peacocktail

          Sudan NCP regime had end up in suicide mission of making every citizens Soldier!! Where in the World is one force to fight unjust war against any state. All Sudanese shall never be allow to travel to any Country in the World because they are going to join AL QAEDA group of militarizing Sudanese. Sudanese must wake up and overthrown that regime.Sudan NCP regime had declare war on South Sudan.

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  • 4 July 2013 20:50, by Magak

    Now Bashir is on his way going home like Morsi. Because army of Sudan was not empowered by laws all these long. Was the same head of state enforcing laws of civilian and defenses
    May army Generals adapts what General Fattah did in Egypt?

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