Sudanese opposition party decides to topple Bashir's government

Asmaa el Husseini, Monday 3 Jan 2011

The Popular Congress Party accuses the government of damaging Sudan by its illegitimate and unethical rule and calls for peaceful coexistence after the January 9 referendum

Hassan Al-turabi
Islamist opposition leader Hassan Al-Turabi, 76, speaks to journalists at his house in Khartoum 9 March 2009. (Reuters)

Sudan's Popular Congress Party (PCP) announced at the end of a three-day leadership meeting on Sunday that it will strive to topple the ruling regime in Khartoum, which has lost its political and ethical legitimacy.

This lack of legitimacy and the policies that lead to it has resulted in the partition of the South, the deterioration of conditions in Darfur and rising prices, declared the party.

The government is accused of subverting the will of the people by rigging the elections, spreading corruption and nepotism.

The PCP, headed by Hassan Al-Turabi, said that dialogue between the opposition and the regime, whether one-on-one or as a group, was pointless, and that the regime continued to violate freedoms and be callous about fracturing the country's unity. Meanwhile, it has adopted arbitrary measures and unjust policies which demean the dignity of Sudan and tarnishes the image of Islamic rule.

The PCP also discussed conditions in the South and decided that if the region secedes from the country, party members in the South could organize themselves along the lines, name and platform they see fit.

The party called for peaceful co-existence in mixed regions in the border areas, and that southerners in the North and northerners in the South be treated as citizens with full rights and dual citizenship, should there be secession.

The PCP urged that the choice of the people in the South in the upcoming referendum be respected. It also criticised Khartoum's position which they described as seeking resolution by force in Darfur.

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