Sudanese president Omer Hassan al-Bashir said on Monday that he has ordered the release of all political detainees in the country, although it remains unclear whether the decree would include rebel fighters and high-level officials currently on trial for plotting a coup to overthrow the government.
Sudan’s First Vice President, Ali Osman Mohamed Taha, said that the final decision on President Omer Hassan Al-Bashir’s political future will be determined by the institutions of the ruling National Congress Party (NCP) and the Sudanese people.
Last week Bashir reiterated his past intentions to step down at the end of his term in 2015 saying that Sudan is in need of “fresh blood”.
A leading figure from Sudan’s Democratic Unionist Party (DUP) was forced to cut short his speech at an event after being repeatedly disrupted by protestors angry at his role in the government.
Osman Omer al-Sherif, who is also the country’s commerce minister, was attending Diamond Jubilee of the Graduate Conference which comprised the first active political movement in Sudan seeking autonomy which at the time was under Anglo-Egyptian rule.
Youssef al-Koda, who leads the Al-Wasat Islamic party, was arrested at Khartoum airport upon his return from a trip abroad where he officially joined the ranks of the opposition seeking to topple the government led by president Omer Hassan al-Bashir.
he family of al-Koda and opposition sources said that officers belonging to Sudan’s National Intelligence and Security Services (NISS) boarded the plane and took him into custody before other passengers could even leave their seats.
The secretary general of the Sudan People’s Liberation Movement North (SPLM-N), Yasir Arman, has cautioned against Islamist movements saying they represent a threat to African diversity and called for the political situation in Sudan to be considered in this context.
In written remarks extended to Sudan Tribune Arman described Islamic political groups as "intolerant" emphasising that they ignore cultural and religious diversity, women’s rights, and democratic values.
The Sudan Scholar Council (SSC) issued a ruling today stating that those who signed and endorsed the New Dawn charter are now outside the religion of Islam.
The Secretary General of the SSC Mohamed Osman Saleh Al-Amin told Sudan official news agency (SUNA) that the document calls for separating religion and the state which contravenes Islamic principles.
Al-Amin said that anyone who does not hold a favorable view to applying Islamic rule or supports separating religion and the state has committed a taboo.
Lakes state’s new military caretaker governor, Maj. Gen. Matur Chut Dhuol, has detailed a set of tough new reforms to quell insecurity in the state.
Under the plans, commissioners of all eight counties have been directed to confront cattle raiders and bring them to justice. Failure to do so will result in their immediate dismissal.
He also warned members of Lakes state’s legislative assembly to stop debating politics in parliament, saying he will shut down parliament if political topics continue.
The Sudanese government paid the first instalment of its financial commitment to the Darfur regional Authority (DRA), reaffirmed Tadjadine Bechir Niam, DRA Minister of Reconstruction, Development and Infrastructure.
Sudanese government and the former rebel Liberation and Equality Movement (LJM) signed the Doha Document for Peace in Darfur (DDPD) on 14 July 2011, but the head of the former rebel group and regional authority Tijani Al-Sissi kept blaming the government for paralysing DRA activities due to the lack of money.
The Sudanese government filed a series of complaints against Uganda with the African Union (AU), Intergovernmental Authority on Development (IGAD) and International Conference on the Great Lakes Region (ICGLR), an official in Khartoum said today.
The Undersecretary of Sudan’s foreign ministry Rahmatallah Mohamed Osman said that his government accused Kampala of trying to overthrow the regime and embracing anti-Khartoum rebel movements.
The Sudanese presidential assistant Nafie Ali Nafie accused both the United States and the European Union (EU) of providing the funding and support to the "New Dawn" charter signed by opposition parties this month in Uganda.
The accord endorsed by most major Sudanese opposition parties along with rebel groups fighting Khartoum in Darfur, South Kordofan and Blue Nile calls for toppling the government dominated by the ruling National Congress Party (NCP).
The Sudanese president Omer Hassan al-Bashir again blasted opposition parties for signing what is known as the "New Dawn" charter saying that it will be combated using the Quran.
The deal signed last week between most major Sudanese opposition parties and armed rebel movements affirm the common goal of toppling the regime though the signatories disagreed on means to achieve that.
Another contentious clause relates to the relation between the religion and the state which the participants say it seeks to avoid using religion in politics.
The failure by both Sudan and South Sudan to resolve their outstanding post-session issues, including the fate of the contested oil-producing Abyei region, could lead the two countries to another war, a senior member of the south-ruling party (SPLM) said Saturday.
The representatives of opposition parties who signed the ’New Dawn’ charter in Uganda last week were fully authorized and mandated to endorse the document, an opposition figure said.
Mubarak al-Fadil who in 2011 disbanded his party and rejoined the National Umma Party (NUP) said in a statement today that the provisions included in the ’New Dawn’ were negotiated and agreed to by the signatories which included most major Sudanese opposition parties as well as armed movements fighting Khartoum on different fronts.
The Sudanese National Umma Party (NUP) led by former Prime Minister Al-Sadiq al-Mahdi expressed reservations on the "New Dawn" charter signed with other opposition parties and rebel groups over the weekend.
The NUP was one of the signatories to the highly controversial accord which explicitly calls for toppling the regime and sets a vision for a new system that succeeds the government currently dominated by the ruling National Congress Party (NCP).
Sudanese opposition forces and rebel groups agreed Saturday on a charter to topple the regime of the National Congress Party (NCP) and to jointly rule the country before to hold democratic elections.
Representatives of the opposition National Consensus Forces (NCF) and the rebel Sudanese Revolutionary Front (SRF) met during five days in the Ugandan capital Kampala to discuss ways to reunite their efforts to bring down the NCP regime.
Sudanese authorities arrested twenty activists belonging to Unionist Movement on Tuesday after holding a protest in the capital, Khartoum, to celebrate the Independence Day, on 1 January.
Over 40 people marched from the house of the last Unionist leader and first Sudanese Prime Minister Mohamed Ismail Al-Azhary to his grave at the cemetery of Bakri in Omdurman.
The protesters chanted slogans against the regime like the famous Arab Spring slogan "The people want the downfall of the regime", or "Freedom, Peace, and Justice, the Revolution is the choice of the people".
The Sudanese 1st Vice President Ali Osman Taha has defended the recent crackdown on independent pro-democracy centers and suggested they are undercover bodies whose goal is to undermine the regime.
Speaking at an interview on Sudan TV, Taha said that many international intelligence agencies use these centers as an "interface" to implement their agendas.
Sudan has been witnessing days of student protests after four students from Darfur were killed on December 5. Those students, from Gezira University, were demanding to be exempted from tuition fees - as stipulated in the July 2011 Darfur peace deal negotiated in Doha.
Darfuri students and activists say the government and "thugs" loyal to the ruling National Congress Party killed the four and threw their bodies in a canal.