13 February 2013

Sudanese Opposition Rejects NISS Demand to Ban Its Activities

Khartoum — Sudanese opposition parties rejected a complaint lodged by the National Intelligence and Security Services (NISS) calling to ban its activities after the signing of a political deal with the rebel alliance Sudanese Revolutionary Front (SRF) in Kampala last January.

Last week, the Political Parties Affairs Council (PPAC) asked three opposition parties including Umma National Party (UNP), Popular Congress Party (PCP) and Sudanese Communist Party (SCP) to explain their positions over the complaint before to take a decision.

The NISS said that the opposition, by signing the New Dawn Charter, has associated itself with the rebels who are "targeting civilians and villages" in different regions. The complaint further said that Kampala deal violate the 2005 constitution as it allows to use military means to topple the regime.

The spokesperson of the opposition National Consensus Forces (NCF), Kamal Omer, on Wednesday said the three parties replied to the Council and rejected the eligibility of the complainant, NISS, arguing that its duties are limited to collect information, verify and analyse the information before to submit it to the competent authorities.

Also, the Sudanese communist Party in its response to the PPAC, seen by Sudan Tribune, contested the jurisdiction of the political parties body saying such allegations must be filed in criminal court.

Omer who is also a leading PCP figure, said that the three parties maintained that dialoguing with the rebel groups does not violate the constitution because they are committed to peaceful means to achieve political change in Sudan.

"What some political parties do is an attempt to bridge the gap, (to persuade the rebels) to lay down arms and opt for dialogue to resolve national issues. Also (the opposition parties) deal with the SFR as a political force" said the SCP it its letter to the PPAC.

The political parties council said it will study the position of the two sides and refer the issue to the Constitutional court.

Omer pointed out they are preparing to lodge a complaint against the ruling National Congress Party, accusing it of having its own militia. He further asserted the upcoming days will witness a big political battle with the NCP.

A member of the SCP Central Committee Al-Harith Al-Tom reaffirmed on Wednesday the commitment of his party to dialogue with the rebel groups but he added "It is not true that the Communist party give up its position calling to overthrow of the regime by peaceful means".

The SCP in its letter dated on 11 February went to say it did not sign the New Dawn charter adding it did not authorise anybody to sign it without prior consultation.

The opposition party said previously that Sidiq Youssef, a member of the SCP central committee, signed the "draft of Kampala (charter) in his capacity as head of the opposition delegation but not as representative of the Communist Party.

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