Sudan’s ruling NCP steps up pressure on opposition alliance to join national dialogue

Sudan’s ruling NCP steps up pressure on opposition alliance to join national dialogue

March 5, 2014 (KHARTOUM) – Sudan’s ruling National Congress Party (NCP) is stepping up efforts to convince opposition alliance known as the National Consensus Forces (NCF) to take part in national dialogue aimed at resolving the country’s crisis. JPEG – 95.6 kb Farouk Abu Eissa (C), leader of the opposition alliance, talks to reporters with other opposition leaders on 12 June 2012 (ST) In late January, Sudanese president Omer Hassan al-Bashir delivered a live televised speech to the nation in which he announced a four-point plan for reform “to stop the war and bring peace, free political society, fight against poverty and revitalise national identity”.

Bashir has called on political forces to engage in dialogue in order to reach an agreement on the implementation process, although he did not specify the practical steps needed to do so.

Sudan’s opposition parties have proposed forming a transitional government and holding a national roundtable with the participation of rebel groups to discuss a peaceful solution for the conflicts in Darfur, South Kordofan and Blue Nile states.

In accordance with the opposition platform the interim governmentwould organise general elections once a political agreement on constitutional matters is reached, inaugurating a new democratic regime.

But the NCP rejects […]

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