Bashir says secession of south could revamp 20-year-old revolution

Khartoum, Sudan (PANA) - Sudan’s President Omar Al-Bashir on Friday stressed that secession of Southern Sudan would not mean the end of a revolution he has led since 1989.

"Rather, it would only be an impetus for a continuation of the Islamic sharia laws implementation "at the chagrin of (our foes)," he said at a ceremony organized on the occasion of the inauguration of a new bridge in Khartoum State, built by Turkish companies.

Southern Sudanese will go to the polls Sunday to vote on whether to remain part of the Sudan or create their own state.  

According to primary indications, the southerners will most probably tilt for secession.

“For those who think the secession of the south means the end of the National Salvation Revolution, we say it will mean a new revolution, a new salvation revolution, a new restructuring of the country and re-building it and we will continue to enrage our enemies in and outside the country,” said Bashir.

Bashir came to power through a bloodless coup d’état in June 1989, known as the National Salvation Revolution, which continued the application of the Islamic sharia laws, exempting non Muslims in the south from such harsh penalties as amputation of a palm in case of proven theft and cross limb amputation in case of rebelling against the Muslim leader.

“The sharia does not mean penalties only. But the Islamic penalties that infuriate the enemies of Islamic norms will continue to be implemented,“ the President stressed, adding that “we will apply those penalties to protect our youth, our children, our morals and our principles and our society.”

The secession of the south would also mean that the government in Khartoum could lose over 80 per cent of the revenues it received from oil exportation.

Most of the oil is located in the southern states.

In a pre-emptive move, the government in Khartoum announced increase in fuel prices, sugar and a few other commodities and services.  

Historically, such increases had led to popular uprising, including the 1986 uprising that ended the rule of Field Marshal Gaffar Nimeiri (1969-1986).

Bashir hinted Friday that increases in prices of some commodities, although frowned at by critics, would mean more money to be used in development projects such as the bridge linking to Khartoum quarters which he commissioned Friday.

But former Prime Minister Sadeq, along with Bashir’s main rival and former mentor, Dr. Hassan Turabi, have hinted that a popular uprising was in the offing following those new price rise and could topple Bashir’s government.
-0- PANA OM/BOS 7Jan2011

07 janvier 2011 19:52:22

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