Bashir's party says no to government of national unity in Sudan

Khartoum- Sudan (PANA) -- President Omar Hassan el-Bashir, who is expected to win the ongoing elections in the Sudan, scoffed here Thursday at calls by the opposition for the dissolution of the current government and instead constitute a government of national unity to oversee fresh polls.
El-Bashir termed the calls "rubbish" and "nonsense.
" Presidential aide, Dr.
Nafle Ali Nafle, told an international press conference at the presidential palace that it was impossible to heed opposition calls after they boycotted polls that would have given them credibility to challenge the outcome of the ongoing polls.
Speaking at a press conference to douse simmering tensions between the opposition and the ruling National Congress Party (NCP), Nafle said President el-Bashir was set to pitch tent in the South, an enclave of the Sudan People's Liberation Movement (SPLM), led by regional president and national Vice President, Salva Kiir.
"Development of the South is going to be the priority of the NCP campaign for Sudanese unity.
However, if the people vote for secession, we have no option but to accept and respect the will of the people," he said.
The secession of the South, it is feared, would step up calls for Darfur, steeped in conflict since 2003, and Equitoria State in the east to break away.
A comprehensive peace agreement, signed between the Khartoum government and SPLM , provides for a referendum within one of national elections, which climaxed Wednesday following five days of voting that have been characterized by accusation and counter accusations of irregularities between rival parties.
Thirteen out of the 20 parties pulled out of the polls, accusing the NCP of having already planned the outcome in its favour.
Among other demands, the opposition, led by the SPLM, Umma party, and the Democratic Union Party (DUP), wanted the polls postponed to pave the way for re-delineation of electoral boundaries, particularly in the oil-rich South Kordofan state and Darfur.
However, Nafle responded to opposition allegations against the NCP, in power since 1989, saying that the opposition politicians were planning to take power illegally through popular uprising.
"Demonstration by the opposition in the hope of replicating what happened in Kenya, Zimbabwe and Iran is rubbish.
It will not be accepted," he said, but stopped short of saying that the government would deploy the military to quell any resistance.
"We shall deal with it but I cannot say how," he said.
The parties that boycotted the election have formed the Juba Alliance.
NCP rallied behind the National Electoral Commission (NEC), which has come under stinging criticism for ignoring calls to withdraw from the polls for alleged bungling of the exercise that necessitated extension of voting by two days.
The electoral body faced many logistical and technical challenges, but international observers absolved it from accusations of deliberate commission and termed the problems as expected as the country was holding election for the first time in 24 years.
As a result, regional and national assembly elections in South Kordofan and Jazeera have been put off pending the rectification of the polling anomalies.
That notwithstanding, observers, monitoring the Sudanese polls, said so far the polls were peaceful and orderly.
They have been quietly expressing fears that the referendum expected in January would further affect the relationship between the resource-endowed South and the comparatively developed North.
NEC announced on Wednesday that the final results would be known next Friday and that provisional regional and national assembly results would begin streaming in this Saturday.
NCP has already bagged 27 national assembly seats after opposition candidates in the respective constituencies boycotted the election.

15 april 2010 15:05:00

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