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Sudan’s opposition parties sign Teiba Charter

October 26 - 2014 WAD MADANI

On Thursday, a number of Sudanese opposition parties signed the Teiba Charter, in which they agreed to cooperate for regime change.

Representatives of the opposition met in Teiba village, west of Wad Madani, capital of El Gezira state, last week, under auspices of Sheikh Abdallah Azrag Teiba, leader of the Qadiriya Sufi sect in Sudan.

The opposition leaders told reporters on Thursday that the Teiba Charter serves as a “road map to a peaceful and stable Sudan”. They stressed the need for the “unification of the political and armed opposition in order to overthrow the regime”.

In the Charter, the opposition parties emphasise the importance of restoring freedoms and democracy in the country. “A system of decentralised governance, putting the interest of the Sudanese population as a priority, should manage the implementation of sustainable development policies, and work on good regional and international relationships”.

The signatories reiterated their rejection of the 2015 elections, “solely arranged by the ruling National Congress Party (NCP), without the participation of the other parties”.  

'Tactical moves and fast gains'

Ibrahim El Sheikh, the chairman of the Sudanese Congress Party, stated that the regime can only be overthrown if the visions of both the political and the armed opposition are united. He added that the National Dialogue, as proposed by the NCP, “is only an attempt to solve the current crisis of the NCP, not the many crises the country is facing”.

“The dialogue process has created internal conflicts among the political parties. Many political forces only rushed to join the National Dialogue to obtain their own piece of the pie,” El Sheikh told the press. “The Khartoum regime is surviving on tactical moves and fast gains.”

Among the signatories of the Teiba Charter are the National Umma Party, the Democratic Unionist Party, the Sudanese Congress Party, the Popular Congress Party, the Reform Now Party, the Liberal Party, the Arab Baath Party, the Nasserist Party, as well as representatives of the united armed movements, and the Eastern Front.

File photo: A Sufi sheikh at the Qadiriya centre and school in Um Dawanban, north of Khartoum (i-cias.com)


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