8 February 2013

Sudanese Communists Resolved to Continue Dialogue With Rebels

Khartoum — The Sudanese Communist Party (SCP) said committed to continue dialogue with the rebel groups and confirmed having received a letter from the political party registrar about its position from a charter providing to topple the regime by military means.

Reacting to the letter of Political Parties Affairs Council (PPAC), SCP spokesperson Youssef Hussein said in a statement on Thursday that dialogue between the political forces is a "legitimate right".

"We declare that no retreat, no setback, no rebound from the principle of dialogue and negotiation with the (Sudanese) Revolutionary Front and all the opposition forces inside and outside Sudan," said the statement of the opposition party.

The opposition parties are under huge pressure from the ruling National Congress Party and security service that detains six leading members for inking the New Dawn Charter in Kampala last January with the rebel groups who fight against the Sudanese army in Blue Nile, Darfur and South Kordofan.

The director of the National Intelligence and Security Services (NISS) Mohamed Atta Abbas Al-Moula, officially asked the PPAC to ban four political parties including the SCP, saying the Charter they signed with the rebels violates 2005 Interim Constitution, Criminal Code and Political Parties Act because it calls to topple the regime though civil and military means.

The Communist spokesperson however pointed out that Sidiq Youssef, a member of the SCP central committee, signed the "draft of Kampala (charter) in his capacity as head of the (opposition) alliance delegation and not as representative of the Communist Party".

He further underlined that the Party had already criticised the "draft" of New Dawn Charter in many issues and reiterated that peaceful political struggle and the popular uprising are the right way to achieve democratic change in Sudan.

In an interview with Al-Sudani daily newspaper last week, SCP Secretary General, Mohamed Mukhtar Al-Khateib said they refuse to hold dialogue with the ruling National Congress Party (NCP) on the new constitution because of the lack of freedoms in the country and the continuation of war in different regions.

"You cannot participate in the constitution making process and a third of the Sudanese population are in war areas and in displacement camps," he added.

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