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Sudan: Party Withdraws from Pro-Bashir Coalition

Sudan: Party Withdraws from Pro-Bashir Coalition

Monday, 28 January, 2019 - 12:00
Sudanese protesters at an anti-government demonstration in the capital Khartoum on January 6. (AFP)

Sudan’s Federal Umma Party announced on Sunday its withdrawal from the national consensus government and called on President Omar al-Bashir to step down.

In a news conference in Khartoum, the head of the party, Ahmed Babikir Nahar, announced the decision to break the 10-year partnership with the ruling party, for the sake of “peace, justice, freedom and development.”

He stressed that all the party’s representatives in the government were determined to resign immediately, and join the people’s “legitimate revolution”.

Nahar went on to say that the regime has lost “the legitimacy and ability” to deal with the political crisis, emphasizing that Bashir’s withdrawal and the formation of a transitional government were the only way to resolve the crisis.

Meanwhile, the Popular Congress Party, which was founded by late Islamist leader Hassan Al-Turabi, threatened to leave the government and join the protesters if the regime did not respond to their demands.

In a statement, the party said its secretariat has put forward a proposal for its leading bodies to “split the current partnership with the National Congress” and convene in an emergency meeting to assess “the commitment of the ruling authority to the outputs of the national dialogue.”

The statement suggested that the leadership of the party rejects what it described as “injustice to the people and the continuing violations of their rights.”

The party stressed that in order to maintain its alliance with the ruling National Congress Party, the latter should guarantee the freedom of opinion, expression and peaceful demonstration, to protect the demonstrators, to establish independent commissions to investigate killings and injuries of protesters, and to release the detainees.

Other demands included the suspension of proposed constitutional amendments, the revision of the electoral law, the dissolution of the Office of the Commissioner for Human Rights and the formation of an alternative commission through political consensus.

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