A senior official at the opposition Popular Congress Party (PCP) led by Hassan al-Turabi said that differences within the ruling National Congress Party (NCP) have presented the major obstacle to the national dialogue process.
The Sudanese president Omer Hassan al-Bashir left South Africa few hours before judges at the High Court handed down a decision ordering his arrest and rapping the government for what it described as a violation of the constitution.
"The respondents are forthwith compelled to take all reasonable steps to arrest President Bashir ... and detain him pending a formal request for his surrender from the International Criminal Court," presiding Judge Dunstan Mlambo was quoted as saying by local South African media.
The Sudanese president Omer al-Bashir has been received by senior government officials and hundreds of supporters upon his return from South Africa on Monday evening where he participated in the 25th African Union summit.
Bashir left South Africa few hours before judges at the High Court handed down a decision ordering his arrest.
He arrived in Pertoria Saturday, defying two arrest warrants issued by the International Criminal Court (ICC) against him for war crimes and genocide in Darfur region in March 2009 and July 2010.
The opposition “Sudan Call” forces has launched Saturday the “Leave to Stop the War” campaign and called for immediate international intervention to stop aerial bombing on civilians and end the war in South Kordofan, Blue Nile and Darfur.
“Sudan Call” forces include the rebel umbrella Sudan Revolutionary Front (SRF), National Umma Party (NUP) and the opposition alliance of the National Consensus Forces (NCF).
The judges of the International Criminal Court (ICC) issued an urgent decision on Saturday by which it asserted that South Africa is under the obligation to arrest and surrender Sudanese president Omer Hassan al-Bashir who has arrived on Saturday in Pretoria to attend the 25th ordinary session of the African Union (AU).
Bashir was indicted by the International Criminal Court (ICC) in 2009 over alleged war crimes and crimes against humanity during the Darfur conflict. As a result his overseas travel has been restricted to friendly nations ever since.
The National Intelligence and Security Services (NISS) allowed four newspapers to resume publication after making a written apology for publishing what was described as stories that are harmful to the society’s security and values.
Last month, the NISS suspended al-Intibaha, Akhir Lahza, al-Jareeda and al-Khartoum newspapers indefinitely without reasons.
Sudan’s opposition alliance of the National Consensus Forces (NCF) has harshly attacked the first presidential assistant and head of the organizational sector at the Democratic Unionist Party (DUP), al-Hassan al-Merghani for belittling the opposition.
The Sudan Media Center (SMC), which has close links to the Sudan’s security services, on Tuesday, quoted al-Merghani as saying there is nothing left from the opposition alliance “but the name".
The son of the DUP’s leader also criticized the external moves of the NCF leaders, describing it as “desperate attempts”.
An important delegation of the Sudanese opposition groups led by the former prime minister and leader of the National Umma Party (NUP) Sadiq al-Mahdi, and the chairman of the rebel umbrella Sudanese Revolutionary Front (SRF) Malik Agar was received at the European Parliament in Strasbourg.
Security officers prevented opposition leaders from travelling to France today. They were invited to participate in the European Parliament hearing on Sudan in Strasbourg, scheduled to take place on Tuesday.
The passports of seven opposition leaders, including Maryam El Sadig El Mahdi and Mohamed Abdallah El Doma, co vice-presidents of the National Umma Party (NUP), Siddig Yousef, senior member of Sudanese Communist Party, and Fathi Nuri of the Baath Party, were taken from them at Khartoum Airport early this (Monday) morning.
According to Sudanese opposition forces and displaced leaders in Darfur, the appointment of the new cabinet members, presidential assistants and state governors by President Omar Al Bashir on Saturday, only means a reshuffle of the same officials.
The chairman of the Sudan Revolutionary Front rebel alliance, and leader of the Sudan People’s Liberation Movement-North, Malik Agar, commented to Radio Dabanga by saying that the formation of Al Bashir’s new government turned out to be a transferral of the same persons to other locations.
President Omar Hassan Al Bashir on Saturday announced the names of his new cabinet, presidential assistants, and state governors, after his inauguration earlier this week.
Minister of Finance, Badreldin Mahmoud, and Interior Affairs Minister, Esmat Abdelrahman, remain in their posts. Ibrahim Ghandour, presidential assistant for the past two years, replaces Ali Karti as Minister of Foreign Affairs.
The Sudanese president Omer Hassan al-Bashir issued decrees on Saturday night naming ministers in his new cabinet formed after the official commencement of his new term this week.
The acting head of the Democratic Unionist Party (DUP) Mohammed al-Hassan al-Mirghani entered the government as Bashir’s assistant to replace his brother Ja’afar who was largely out of the public eye.
The former agriculture minister Ibrahim Mahmoud Hamid was also appointed as a new presidential assistant.
The Sudanese president Omer Hassan al-Bashir issued a decree on Tuesday night dissolving the government and relieving his aides in preparation for the formation of the new cabinet following the beginning of his new term today.
- Ibrahim Ghandour, top aide to Sudanese president Omer al-Bashir and head of Sudan’s negotiating team with the SPLM-N (Photo: AFP/Ashraf Shazly)
The decree did not mandate undersecretaries to run the ministries in the interim which suggested that the announcement of the new cabinet is imminent.
The newly elected speaker of the Sudanese parliament Ibrahim Ahmed Omer said his country is committed to promoting the principles of Shura (consultation) in all issues that affect the nation’s progress towards prosperity and development.
Omer, who has been elected speaker of the National Assembly by 375 votes on Monday, underscored the country’s leadership awareness of the importance of the national dialogue, saying they identified the areas of deficiency which is hindering its progress.
The opposition forces allied by the Sudan Appeal and the people in Darfur regret the inauguration of Omar Al Bashir as president of the country for another five years.
Sarah Nugdallah, the secretary-general of the National Umma Party (NUP) commented to Radio Dabanga by saying that the ruling National Congress Party (NCP) does not seem to be embarrassed or ashamed for the results of the extremely low voter turnout, “though the Sudanese people have taught them a hard lesson, by boycotting the useless election.”
The leadership council of the ruling National Congress Party (NCP) Sunday nominated Ibrahim Ahmed Omer for the position of the National Assembly’s speaker.
The newly elected Sudanese legislators will meet on Monday to elect the speaker of the lower house, the National Assembly, a day before the swearing-in ceremony of the re-elected president Omer al-Bashir.
Following a meeting of the NCP leadership council, the party’s spokesperson Yasir Youssef told reporters that the ruling party selected Ibrahim Omer for the position of National Assembly’s speaker.
Security officers at Khartoum International Airport on Tuesday prevented Farouk Abu Eisa, chairman of the National Consensus Forces, a coalition of opposition parties, from leaving the country.
They claimed that the state security prosecutor imposed a travel ban on Abu Eisa, pending a lawsuit against him.
Early this month, on 5 May, Dr Amin Mekki Madani, head of the Civil Society Initiative, was halted at the airport in the same manner. He was allowed to travel to Cairo the next day.
Sudan’s opposition New Forces Movement (HAG) has criticized the initiative launched by the Liberal Democratic Unionist Party (LDUP) to unify opposition forces describing the move as an attempt to “fragment the opposition”.
Several opposition parties and civil society organizations singed on Saturday the “tomorrow’s Sudan” initiative and agreed on a regulatory mechanism to lead their work to end the totalitarian regime.
The Darfur Students Association (DSA) reported today that 28 Darfuri students are currently being held in detention centres of the National Intelligence and Security Service (NISS) in Khartoum.
At a press conference at the headquarters of the National Umma Party in Omdurman this (Tuesday) morning, Hasabelnabi Mahmoud, Secretary-General of the DSA branch of the Ahliya University in Omdurman, described the situation of Darfuri students at Sudanese universities these days as “dangerous”.