News / Africa

Ruling Party Warns Against Secession Advocacy Ahead of Sudan Referendum

Multimedia

Audio
  • Rabie Abdulatti Obeid, a leading member of Sudan's Ruling Party spoke with Clottey

Peter Clottey

A prominent member of Sudan’s ruling National Congress Party (NCP) said any campaign or promotion of south Sudan’s secession contravenes the 2005 Comprehensive Peace Agreement (CPA), as well as the country’s interim constitution.

Rabie Abdulatti Obeid says President Omar Hassan al-Bashir’s government will not allow political parties or individuals to flagrantly flout stipulations of the peace accord as campaigning begins ahead of the semi-autonomous south Sudan’s referendum, scheduled for January 9.

“[According to the CPA], all partners in the government of national unity and the two parties [that] signed this peace agreement should work together up to the date of the referendum to make unity attractive. The NCP now is working hard to establish institutions and non-governmental organizations to call for unity,” he said.

He also said that the government will continue to encourage residents in the south about the benefits of Sudan’s unity warning that President Bashir’s administration will not accept individuals or groups to advocate for south Sudan’s secession.

This comes after protesters, who support “Sudan’s unity,” held rallies Tuesday in the capital, Khartoum, as campaigning began ahead of south Sudan’s referendum.

Khartoum State Students' General Union reportedly presented a petition to Sudan’s parliament Tuesday calling on legislators to ensure that the country’s unity is attractive to residents in the south ahead of the upcoming vote.

Local media reports that religious leaders, Christian as well as Islamic, have formed a coalition with the aim of encouraging residents in the semi-autonomous south about the need to secede and become an independent nation.

Backed by the African Union, the NCP is currently holding talks with the Sudan People’s Liberation Movement (SPLM) to resolve anticipated challenges of nationality and wealth sharing, if residents in the south choose to secede.

NCP official Obeid said the ongoing talks are necessary.

“Actually, the post referendum arrangement, this is mentioned in the CPA and the interim constitution that both partners should agree together to [create] technical committees to settle such issues like nationality and the owner of land in the south and north,” Obeid said.

The CPA ended over two decades of war between President Bashir’s national army and the south-based Sudan People’s Liberation Army (SPLA).

Meanwhile, recent polls in the south ahead of the referendum show an overwhelming majority of residents in the south will choose to secede and become an independent nation rather than remain part of a unified Sudan.

NCP official Obeid said both the NCP and the SPLM will only accept the results of the referendum if it was credible and without interference.

“I’m sure that, if the referendum is transparent without any fraud without any intervention from [both] the SPLM and NCP, the results will be recognized by SPLM and by NCP. But, in case that the two partners do not agree about the technical regulations about the referendum or the post period arrangement in case of secession, this would be a problem,” Obeid said.

You May Like

Video Experts Warn World Losing Ebola Fight

Doctors Without Borders says world is losing battle against Ebola, unless wealthy nations dispatch specialized biological disaster response teams More

Video Experts: Rise of Islamic State Significant Development in Jihadism

Many analysts contend the group - which grew out of al-Qaida in Iraq - has been rebuilding for years More

US-Based Hong Kongers Pledge Support for Pro-Democracy Activists

Democracy advocates call on Chinese living abroad to join them in opposing new election rules for their home territory More

This forum has been closed.
Comments
     
There are no comments in this forum. Be first and add one

Featured Videos

Your JavaScript is turned off or you have an old version of Adobe's Flash Player. Get the latest Flash player.
Larger Than Life Chinese Lanterns Make Southern California Appearancei
X
Elizabeth Lee
September 02, 2014 8:57 PM
Chinese lanterns with a long history are lighting up in 21st century style at the Los Angeles County Fair in southern California. Visitors can see traditional lanterns that hang, but also lanterns in the shape of animals, iconic landmarks and many other objects, all created by artisans from a place in China known for its lanterns. Elizabeth Lee has the details from the fair in the city of Pomona.
Video

Video Larger Than Life Chinese Lanterns Make Southern California Appearance

Chinese lanterns with a long history are lighting up in 21st century style at the Los Angeles County Fair in southern California. Visitors can see traditional lanterns that hang, but also lanterns in the shape of animals, iconic landmarks and many other objects, all created by artisans from a place in China known for its lanterns. Elizabeth Lee has the details from the fair in the city of Pomona.
Video

Video Experts See Rise of ISIS as Significant Development

The Islamic State’s rise seems sudden. It caught the U.S. by surprise this summer when it captured large portions of northern Iraq and spread its wings in neighboring Syria. But many analysts contend that the group - which grew out of al-Qaida in Iraq - has been rebuilding for years. VOA's Jela de Franceschi takes a closer look at the rise of ISIS and its implications for the Middle East and beyond.
Video

Video Israel Concerned Over Syrian Rebels in Golan

Israeli officials are following with concern the recent fighting between Syrian rebels and government forces near the contested Golan Heights. Forty-four U.N. peacekeepers from Fiji have been seized by Syrian Islamist rebels and the clashes occasionally have spilled into Israel. VOA’s Scott Bobb reports from Jerusalem.
Video

Video Ukraine Schools Resume Classes, Donate to Government Forces

A new school year has started in Ukraine but thousands of children in the war-torn east are unable to attend because of ongoing clashes with pro-Russia rebels. In Ukraine's capital, patriotic education has become the norm along with donations to support injured security forces fighting to take back rebel-held areas. VOA's Daniel Schearf reports from Kyiv.
Video

Video US Detainees Want Negotiators for Freedom in North Korea

The three U.S. detainees held in North Korea were permitted to speak with foreign media Monday. The government of Kim Jong Un restricted the topics of the questions, and the interviews in Pyongyang were limited to five minutes. Each of the men asked Washington to send a representative to Pyongyang to secure his release. VOA’s Carolyn Presutti has our story.
Video

Video Turkmen From Amerli Describe Survival of IS Siege

Over the past few weeks, hundreds of Shi'ite Turkmen have fled the town of Amerli seeking refuge in the northern city of Kirkuk. Despite recent military gains after U.S. airstrikes that were coordinated with Iraqi and Kurdish forces, the situation remains dire for Amerli’s residents. Sebastian Meyer went to Kirkuk for VOA to speak to those who managed to escape.
Video

Video West Africa Ebola Vaccine Trials Possible by Early 2015

A U.S. health agency is speeding up clinical trials of a possible vaccine against the deadly Ebola virus that so far has killed more than 1,500 people in West Africa. If successful, the next step would be a larger trial in countries where the outbreak is occurring. VOA's Carol Pearson has more.
Video

Video Survivors Commemorate 70th Anniversary of Nazi Liquidation of Jewish Ghetto

When the German Nazi army occupied the Polish city of Lodz in 1939, it marked the beginning of a long nightmare for the Jewish community that once made up one third of the population. Roughly 200,000 people were forced into the Lodz Ghetto. Less than 7,000 survived. As VOA’s Kane Farabaugh reports, some survivors gathered at the Union League Club in Chicago on the 70th anniversary of the liquidation of the Lodz Ghetto to remember those who suffered at the hands of the Nazi regime.

AppleAndroid