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Sudan’s opposition leader calls for popular uprising to overthrow the regime

April 26, 2015 (KHARTOUM) – The chairman of the opposition alliance National Consensus Forces (NCF), Farouk Abu Issa, has thanked those who supported him during his detention and vowed to be at the forefront of the forces seeking to topple the regime through popular uprising.

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NCF leader Farouk Abu Issa (R) arrives at the premises of the National Umma Party on 12 April 2015 (ST)

Sudanese authorities on released Abu Issa earlier this month along with rights activist Amin Mekki Madani and the dissident member of the ruling National Congress Party (NCP) Farah Agar following four months of arrest for signing a political charter calling for a comprehensive process with the rebel groups last December.

Abu Issa said in a letter on Sunday that the Sudanese people made their release possible, saying “I thank all the brave women and men who had attended the trial”.

“We heard their chants while we were behind bars. They turned the regime from a plaintiff to a defendant and a criminal”, he said.

He thanked his defence team as well as the political forces and in its forefront the “Sudan Call” forces besides the civil society organizations inside Sudan and abroad.

“Sudan Call” forces include the rebel umbrella Sudan Revolutionary Front (SRF), National Umma Party (NUP) and the NCF.

The veteran leader also praised the Sudanese expatriates and those who launched social media campaigns to demand their release besides the refugees and the Internally Displaced Persons (IDP’s) for showing solidarity with the detainees.

Abu Issa further thanked the African Union High Implementation Panel (AUHIP) and its chief Thabo Mbeki, the three members of the Sudan troika, including the United States, United Kingdom and Norway, the European Union (EU), the German government, human rights organisations and the regional and international lawyers associations.

The opposition leader said he would firmly work to overthrow the regime, pointing he will not give up on the Sudanese people demands for ending wars, restoring democracy, holding corrupt people accountable and bringing criminals to justice.

He called for unifying opposition work and building on the elections boycott campaign to overthrow the regime through the popular uprising.

“All conditions are now ripe to overthrow the third military junta through the [popular uprising] and to establish the democratic alternative and build the state of equal citizenship, rule of law and independent judiciary,” he said.

Abu Issa also praised the Sudanese people for boycotting what he called the “election farce”, saying “we must continue our struggle to overthrow the regime through popular uprising”.

Sudan’s election has been boycotted by major opposition parties leading among other reasons to a very low turnout.

The opposition had demanded postponement of polls until the formation of a coalition government to oversee the vote and ensure its fairness.

The final results of the elections will be officially announced on Monday.

Sudanese president Omer al-Bashir and his ruling party are expected to win comfortably after more than 25 years in power.

(ST)