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Sacked Sudanese Security Adviser ‘Flouted’ Party Rules, says Ruling Party Spokesman

  • Peter Clottey

In this still image taken from video, Sudanese President Omar Hassan al-Bashir speaks during an address on state TV in Khartoum, February 7, 2011

President Omar Hassan sacked his security adviser, Sala Gosh, for ‘arrogating powers to himself’ and disrespecting the party’s hierarchy, said Rabie Abdelati Obeid, a prominent member of Sudan’s ruling National Congress Party (NCP).

Gosh's removal follows his public disagreement with the number two figure in the ruling National Congress Party, Nafi Ali Nafi.

Gosh supports cooperating with opposition political parties, while Nafi says such cooperation is unnecessary.

Many observers say divisions within the NCP have deepened since people in southern Sudan voted overwhelmingly in January to secede from the north.

But Obeid denied there are fractures within the ruling party.

“There are no differences within the NCP and everything is being followed upon within the NCP according to [party rules], and by the leadership office,” insisted Obeid.

“The adviser in this case mixed between his post and his membership with the NCP without following the proper channels,” Obeid said.

Obeid says his party is displeased that the former security adviser undermined the party’s structure by flouting its rules.

Gosh was Sudan's head of intelligence, where he cooperated with the U.S. Central Intelligence Agency on counterterrorism issues during much of the last decade.