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Sudan's PCP proposes transitional government

November 3 - 2015 KHARTOUM
Mohamed El Khateeb (C) and Siddig Yousef Hussein (L) at a press conference of the Communist Party of Sudan, Khartoum (RD)
Mohamed El Khateeb (C) and Siddig Yousef Hussein (L) at a press conference of the Communist Party of Sudan, Khartoum (RD)

The Popular Congress Party (PCP) has proposed the formation of a transitional government in Sudan, along with ending the terms of all those holding office in the current government. A political party accused the PCP of being the “mastermind and spokesman of the National Dialogue”.

The Central Committee of the opposition Sudanese Communist Party said that the ongoing National Dialogue will “reproduce the national crisis that plagues the country”. Spokesman Siddig Yousef Hussein told Radio Dabanga yesterday that in order to get the dialogue between political parties and civil society groups “out of the bottleneck”, terms and requirements should be provided to lead the National Dialogue on “the right track of ending the war, dismantling the totalitarian regime, providing freedoms, and into a transitional period”.

Yousef Hussein claimed that meanwhile, the Popular Congress Party participating in the dialogue has become the “spokesman” for the dialogue. The PCP is one of the opposition parties that participates in the dialogue's steering committee.

Transitional government proposal

The PCP has announced that it proposed the formation of a transitional government that would be headed by current President Omar Al Bashir until 2016. Elections would run amid the current Constitution, with amendments by the current National Assembly on the end of the terms of all those holding offices: Vice-Presidents, Assistants to the Presidents, Presidential Advisers, Ministers, Governors, and Commissioners in all states and localities. The terms of all Members of Parliament and state’s legislative councils would also come to an end with the formation of the transitional ruling system.

The Communist Party has rejected any dialogue with Khartoum, and reiterated its position in August that the one-party system should be replaced by a transitional government for four years, “that will develop a new constitution in cooperation with all sectors of the Sudanese society”.

Apart from the main Sudanese armed movements, a broad spectrum of opposition parties boycotted the first session of the National Dialogue on 10 October. The Sudanese government said that is willing to take part in a preparatory meeting on the National Dialogue, brokered by an African Union panel, yet the meeting should be confined to the rebel movements only and not include political parties. 'These parties are welcome to join the National Dialogue sessions in Khartoum,' a member of the 7+7 committee tod the press last week.

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