News / Africa

Sudan’s Ruling Party Would Unite With SPLM

Multimedia

Audio
  • Rabie Abdulatti Obeid, Leading Member of Sudan's Ruling Party Spoke With Clottey

Peter Clottey

A prominent member of Sudan’s dominant National Congress Party (NCP) told VOA the NCP is not opposed to seeing Salva Kiir, president of semi-autonomous southern Sudan, become first vice president in a unity government.

Rabie Abdulatti Obeid also said the NCP is committed to working alongside the Sudan People’s Liberation Movement (SPLM) to fully implement the remaining provisions of the Comprehensive Peace Agreement (CPA).

“There is no other option but for the NCP or SPLM [not] to be far from each other for the rest of the period, which will complete the interim period as agreed upon in the CPA and as agreed in the constitution.  And, the implementation of the bending points of the CPA cannot be unless there is partnership between the National Congress Party and the SPLM,” he said.

This comes after local media reported that Mr. Kiir will soon hold negotiations with President Bashir over the formation of a unity government. It will be tasked with preparing the country ahead of the 2011 referendum which will give residents in southern Sudan the opportunity to decide whether to be part of Sudan, or secede.

Salva Kiir (l) and Presiunt Bashir (r) file
Salva Kiir (l) and Presiunt Bashir (r) file

NCP official Obeid said unity of purpose with the SPLM will help resolve problems the country faces.

“This is yet a partnership from the SPLM and the National Congress Party to confront the coming challenges and to work together to for the coming referendum, and also to work together to make unity attractive.  And, this unity is an item clearly mentioned in the Comprehensive Peace Agreement,” Obeid said.

In Sudan’s recent elections, the National Electoral Commission declared Mr. Bashir winner of the presidential election with over 60 percent of the votes, while Salva Kiir won the presidential election in the semi-autonomous southern Sudan with over 90 percent of the vote.

As stipulated in the peace accord, both men are scheduled to work closely to fully implement the rest of the provisions of the Comprehensive Peace Agreement.

Obeid said the NCP will not oppose Mr. Kiir from becoming Sudan’s first vice president.

“If this partnership [is] agreed upon, I don’t think that there is any objection from the National Congress Party Salva Kiir Mayardit as first vice president, and to give them the same percentage of the same power and ministries in the north as before. And, I think it will be very easy for the National Congress Party to work with the SPLM, even more than what happened during the period to the election,” Obeid said.

The CPA effectively ended over two decades of civil war in Sudan.

You May Like

Polls Open in Scotland Independence Vote

As race to persuade undecided voters continues, 'No' voters say they believe life in Scotland will slowly improve, 'Yes' vote not worth the risk More

South Africa’s 'Open Mosque' Admits Everyone, Including Critics

Open Mosque founder plans to welcome gay worshipers and allow women to lead prayers More

Ukrainian Activist in Despair About Future of Her Country

IrIna Dovgan, accused of being a spy and tortured by pro-Russian separatists, is appealing to UN Human Rights Council to support her country 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.
A Dinosaur Fit for Land and Wateri
X
September 17, 2014 8:44 PM
Residents and tourists in Washington D.C. can now examine a life-size replica of an unusual dinosaur that lived almost a hundred million years ago in northern Africa. Scientists say studying the behemoth named Spinosaurus helps them better understand how some prehistoric animals adapted to life on land and in water. The Spinosaurus replica is on display at the National Geographic museum. VOA’s George Putic has more.
Video

Video A Dinosaur Fit for Land and Water

Residents and tourists in Washington D.C. can now examine a life-size replica of an unusual dinosaur that lived almost a hundred million years ago in northern Africa. Scientists say studying the behemoth named Spinosaurus helps them better understand how some prehistoric animals adapted to life on land and in water. The Spinosaurus replica is on display at the National Geographic museum. VOA’s George Putic has more.
Video

Video Iraqi Kurdistan Church Helps Christian Children Cope find shelter in churches in the Kurdish capital, Irbil

In the past six weeks, tens of thousands of Iraqi Christians have been forced to flee their homes by Islamic State militants and find shelter in churches in the Kurdish capital, Irbil. Despite U.S. airstrikes in the region, the prospect of people returning home is still very low and concerns are starting to grow over the impact this is having on the displaced youth. Sebastian Meyer reports from Irbil on how one church is coping.
Video

Video NASA Picks Boeing, SpaceX to Carry Astronauts Into Space

The U.S. space agency, NASA, has chosen Boeing and SpaceX companies to build the next generation of spacecraft that will carry U.S. astronauts to the International Space Station by the year 2017. The deal with private industry enables NASA to end its dependence on Russia to send space crews into low Earth orbit and back. Zlatica Hoke has more.
Video

Video Future of Ukrainian Former President's Estate Uncertain

More than six months after Ukraine's former President Viktor Yanukovych fled revolution to Russia, authorities have yet to gain control of his palatial estate. Protesters occupy the grounds and opened it to tourists but they are also refusing to turn it over to the state. VOA's Daniel Schearf reports from Mezhigirya, just north of Kyiv.
Video

Video China Muslims Work to Change Perceptions After Knife Attacks

China says its has sentenced three men to death and one woman to life in prison for a deadly knife attack in March that left more than 30 dead and 140 injured. Beijing says Muslim militants from China's restive western region of Xinjiang carried out the attacks. Now, more than six months after the incident, residents in the city are still coping with the aftermath. VOA's Bill Ide has more from Kunming.
Video

Video Enviropreneur Seeks to Save the Environment, Empower the Community

Lorna Rutto, a former banker, is now an ‘enviropreneur’ - turning plastic waste into furniture and fences discusses the challenges she faces in Africa with raw materials and the environment.
Video

Video West Trades Accusations Over Ransoms

As world leaders try to forge a common response to the threat posed by Islamic State militants in Iraq and Syria, there is simmering tension over differing policies on paying ransoms. In the past month, the jihadist group has beheaded two Americans and one Briton. Both countries refuse to pay ransom money. As Henry Ridgwell reports for VOA from London, there is uncertainty in the approach of some other European nations.
Video

Video Scotland Independence Bid Stokes Global Interest

The people of Scotland are preparing to vote on whether to become independent and break away from the rest of Britain, in a referendum being watched carefully in many other countries. Some see it as a risky experiment; while others hope a successful vote for independence might energize their own separatist demands. Foreign immigrants to Scotland have a front row seat for the vote. VOA’s Henry Ridgwell spoke to some of them in Edinburgh.


Carnage and mayhem are part of daily life in northern Nigeria, the result of a terror campaign by the Islamist group Boko Haram. Fears are growing that Nigeria’s government may not know how to counter it, and may be making things worse. More

AppleAndroid