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Armed Sudanese Opposition: Improved EU Ties Depend on Bashir’s Departure from Power

Armed Sudanese Opposition: Improved EU Ties Depend on Bashir’s Departure from Power

Sunday, 17 December, 2017 - 07:45
Sudanese President Omar al-Bashir. (Reuters)

The armed Sudanese opposition said that improving its ties with the European Union depend on the departure of President Omar al-Bashir.

It said that the ties depend on achieving peace, a democratic transformation and preventing Bashir from running in the 2020 presidential elections.

Sudan People's Liberation Movement – North leader Malek Akar said that the movement was meeting in Brussels with EU officials, including its envoys to Sudan and South Sudan.

Discussions also addressed African and Sudanese migrants.

Deputy chief of the movement Yasser Arman said that he urged the EU against allowing a constitutional amendment that would give Bashir an opportunity to run in the elections.

He stressed that improving living conditions, combating corruption and resolving the war are linked to ending the rule of the National Congress.

The EU must support the Sudanese people’s demands to hold free and transparent elections and provide basic freedoms to create a suitable election environment, he added.

Arman stated that his movement does not seek an agreement or sharing authority with Bashir’s National Congress.

“We have a vision that is not about dividing power and wealth, but in carrying out structural reform for the sake of the people and the marginalized, not for the interest of the powerful,” he explained.

The Sudanese government had announced that Bashir is not seeking to run in the next presidential elections.

Some sides in his party are however seeking otherwise.

Sudanese Foreign Minister Ibrahim Ghandour had previously told Asharq Al-Awsat that there is a great popular desire for him to run in the elections.

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