South Sudan

Bashir: Sudan Insurgency To End Before 2015

check geneva; font-size: small; line-height: 200%;”>The elections in 2015 are seen by the ruling National Congress Party as crucial for its own legitimacy and for providing a vote for a new constitution, store necessary since the independence of South Sudan.

Opposition parties and rebel groups have demanded the dissolution of the NCP-dominated government and its replacement by a national government in advance of a constitutional conference to settle regional conflicts and endorse general principles laying the grounds for a democratic constitution.

The President said that the government’s present priority is to end armed rebellion and tribal conflicts in order to save blood and direct the energy of youth towards building Sudan instead of “killing and destruction”.

He said the 2015 general elections will be held in a country free of rebellion and conflicts, stressing that the elections would be fair and transparent.

Bashir said he wanted all Sudanese people to participate in the elections in order to choose their leadership. Peace, he said, was a strategic objective for his government.

He stressed the government sought peaceful transfer of power through political engagement and competition not through any military coup d’état or armed rebellion, and called for agreement on national and religious issues through dialogue.

The President called upon the youth of the rebel groups to lay down their arms and join in efforts to build the country: “Youth are the fuel and victims of conflicts, and they must be the spearhead to repair the social fabric, and this”, he said, “should begin in Darfur and South Kordofan states.”


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