Sudan’s Bashir leaves door open for re-election

(Sudan Tribune) The Sudanese president, Omer Hassan al-Bashir has hinted that he could run for re-election in the upcoming presidential elections on the ruling National Congress Party (NCP) ticket.  Al-Bashir, who was addressing the NCP’s Shura Council seventh session on Friday, said that the media made conclusions on the issue of his candidacy without being fully informed adding that his re-election will be determined by the NCP’s General Convention and the Shura CouncilBashir said that the NCP will review its statute in preparation for the 2015 general elections and urged the opposition parties to get ready for the polls instead of working overthrow the government.  Bashir stressed that Sudan will continue its fight against the world which is he said controlled by the Zionist alliances and scoffed at the concept of “international justice” saying it is run by the U.S.  In his first public endorsement for the controversial Ethiopian renaissance dam, Bashir said that the dam “will not stop the water from Egypt” and added that it will only be used for electricity generation, calling for continuation of consultation among all concerned parties.

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Sudan announces major reshuffle in top army posts

(Sudan Tribune) The Sudanese Armed Forces (SAF) announced that it has retired the military chief of staff and other senior officers after they have reached the retirement age.  SAF spokesman Colonel al-Sawarmi Khalid Sa’ad said that Lieutenant General Mustafa Osman Obeid will replace Colonel General Esmat Abdel-Rahman as the army’s new Chief of Staff. General Hashim Abdullah Mohamed Hassan was appointed as the deputy Chief of Staff.  This month the powerful presidential assistant Nafie Ali Nafie said in rare remarks that the army is struggling to deal with rebels and stressed the need to boost recruitment and support for the military.

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Nafie: We Were not Informed about the Suspension of Washington Visit

(Sudan Vision) Presidential Assistant and NCP Vice Chairman, Dr. Nafie Ali Nafie denied his knowledge about the postponement of the US Administration to his visit to Washington.  He affirmed that the invitation came from the American side to narrow the differences in views, adding that there was no agreement on the programme of the visit.  It is worth noting that the US Envoy to Sudan, Larry Andre, announced that the invitation to Presidential Assistant, Dr. Nafie Ali Nafie is on hold following Khartoum’s decision to freeze cooperation agreements with South Sudan.

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Sudan 2nd VP accuses some opposition parties collaborating with rebels

(Sudan Tribune) The Sudanese 2nd vice president, Al- Haj Adam Youssef, warned today that ballots are the only option for opposition to change the government and said that armed opposition will not make their own rules by force.  Youssef also stressed that the government will not allow any opposition parties to conduct their activities if it is done with the backing of the armed rebels.  Youssef, who was addressing the convention of the United Umma Party (UUP) on Saturday, vehemently attacked opposition forces accusing them of seeking to rule the country without having an agenda to achieve renaissance.  He went on to say that there are some opposition parties who coordinate with the armed rebel groups to overthrow the regime, describing those parties as “fifth column”.

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South Sudan’s vice president to visit Khartoum

(Reuters) South Sudan’s vice president will visit Khartoum next week; Sudanese state media said on Thursday, marking the highest-level talks since Sudan threatened to cut off cross-border oil flows almost two weeks ago.  Bilateral ties hit a new low this month when Sudan said it would halt oil exports that pass through Sudan for shipment abroad within 60 days unless Juba gave up support for rebels operating across the shared border. Juba denies the claims.  His trip had been planned for Sunday, but was delayed because some Sudanese ministers would be out of Khartoum then, it added.  There was no immediate comment from the South, which has said it would send Machar to defuse the oil crisis

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