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Sudan's Bashir Pleads For Political And Economic 'Renaissance'

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Sudan's Bashir Pleads For Political And Economic 'Renaissance'

Post by Mazy on Tue Jan 28 2014, 06:35

Sudan's Bashir Pleads For Political And Economic 'Renaissance'

By MOHAMMED AMIN in Khartoum | Tuesday, January 28 2014 at 08:16

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Sudan's President Omar al-Bashir (centre-right) greets supporters after delivering a speech on January 27, 2014 in which he appealed for a political and economic renaissance in his country ravaged by war, poverty and political turmoil, in the Sudanese capital Khartoum. AFP

Sudanese President Omar al-Bashir Monday appealed for a national "renaissance" in a speech billed by loyalists as key but which critics said fell short of expectations.

Mr Bashir urged wide political, constitutional and economic reform for the country which has been beset by war, political and social unrest, and war.

"We in the National Congress Party are calling for all Sudanese to participate in this renaissance," he said in the speech designed to address urgent calls for reform in his 25-year-old regime.

Opposition members were also in attendance during the national address delivered from a conference hall along the Blue Nile, including notably Islamist leader Hassan Alturabi, and the former prime minister who was overthrown by President Bashir.

The Sudanese leader has in recent months called for broad dialogue, but it was the first time he was reaching out to the opposition and insurgents.

Mr Bashir told the gathering that also roped foreign diplomats that the renaissance must address four areas: peace, political freedom, poverty reduction and "Sudanese identity".

"Sudan’s identity is Afro-Arabic; our presence in Africa is a fact besides our Arab surrounding, we should admitted this diversity in our country, this matter has become a reason of polarisations and wars in our country and that should stop because all these assumptions are a kind of exclusion," he said in a rare admission.

"Peace is the top priority, no development, political or economic development, can be achieved without peace," the Sudanese leader, who has been indicted by a top war crimes court, added.

"We will not exclude any party from this dialogue even the armed movements."

The country's forces are currently trying to put down rebellions by armed groups in the country.

"Secondly the freedom of people has to be respected," he said even as critics said that there had been no direct reference to increased political and media rights.

President Bashir also stressed the importance of free and fair elections in the country which holds polls next year.

The country's opposition alliance however rejected the speech, describing it as vague.

'Frustrating'
Speaking to Africa Review, opposition alliance spokesperson Kamal Omer termed the address as frustrating and provocative.

"Bashir purposefully did not speak directly about the ceasefire in the war areas of Darfur, South Kordofan and Blue Nile," Mr Omer said.

"Why he didn't he apologise for his wrong policies which have caused the suffering of millions of Sudanese people in the country?"

"He should at least apologise for the mass killings and the tough crackdown of the September uprising," he added.

Sudan last year saw riots--the worst of his rule-- after austerity measures were rolled out by the cash-strapped government, and which included the removal of fuel subsidies.

At least 200 protesters were killed according to counts by campaign groups, though the official figure was half this.

Mr Bashir has since reshuffled his government in the face of internal dissent in the ruling party.

Economically-struggling Sudan lost three quarters of its oil revenues after South Sudan seceded.

Since then the country has been plagued by inflation, a weakened currency and a severe shortage of dollars to pay for its imports.
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Re: Sudan's Bashir Pleads For Political And Economic 'Renaissance'

Post by chiki on Tue Jan 28 2014, 08:03

more of the same, nothing.
How can he "urging" anything? Stop killing your people and then will see. Yes, frustrating!
Thanks, Mazy

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Re: Sudan's Bashir Pleads For Political And Economic 'Renaissance'

Post by mosaic on Tue Jan 28 2014, 14:13


"Sudan’s identity is Afro-Arabic; our presence in Africa is a fact besides our Arab surrounding, we should admitted this diversity in our country, this matter has become a reason of polarisations and wars in our country and that should stop because all these assumptions are a kind of exclusion," he said in a rare admission.

Well, now, talk is cheap so you need to back that up with action.

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Re: Sudan's Bashir Pleads For Political And Economic 'Renaissance'

Post by ThomasHAdams1 on Wed Feb 05 2014, 14:39

My father-in-law is a Ret. Col. and lives in Southern Sudan. His name is Col. Billy White. He has been living there since 2005. He is on the ground there now and has many details about the truth of what is going on in SS. He helps with education, water wells and med supplies. He does not know I am writing this, but I think he and George are doing great things.

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Post by party animal - not! on Wed Feb 05 2014, 18:24

Brilliant. They should get together

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Re: Sudan's Bashir Pleads For Political And Economic 'Renaissance'

Post by chiki on Wed Feb 05 2014, 20:21

Sure he's doing  great things helping people in Sudan. Great!

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