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Daily Nation : February 19th 2014
28 | Africa News PEACE GOAL | Al-Bashir says the country’s ‘unproductive political wrangling’ should end Sudan’s ruling party to invite all for dialogue President’s call for national dialogue does not mean failure of previous initiatives for dialogue, says party’s political secretary KHARTOUM, Tuesday The freedom of people has to be respected. Freedom of political party activity is not only limited to elections’’ President Omar al-Bashir political parties to engage in a national dialogue to agree on a mechanism for implementing president Omar Hassan al-Bashir’s recent peace initiative. The NCP political secretary, Mustafa S Osman Ismail, said in the media forum organised by the National Union of Sudanese Youth (NYSY) that all-party dialogue reduces cost of war, pointing that President Bashir’s call for national dialogue does not mean failure of previous initiatives for dialogue extended by other political forces. Last month, President Bashir addressed the nation announcing a four-point plan for reform “to stop the war and bring peace, free political society, fight against poverty and revitalise national identity”, calling for political forces to engage in dialogue to agree on the implementation items though he did not specify practical steps to do so. The deputy chairman of the opposition National Umma Party (NUP), Sideeg udan’s ruling National Congress Party (NCP) has announced it will extend a written invitation to all Ismail, on his part renewed his party’s acceptance for president Bashir’s invitation for dialogue, announcing NUP’s plan to conduct a workshop with the participation of all political parties to arrive at proposals for implementing the initiative. The NUP official called upon the NCP to build trust with the opposition and demanded the latter to send signals reflecting desire to engage in dialogue with the NCP, affirming power must only be accessed through peaceful means. Last month, most of opposition lead- ers attended President Bashir’s speech, including Hassan Abdalla Al-Turabi, chief of the Popular Congress Party, Saddiq Al-Mahdi, chief of the National Umma Party, and Ghazi Salahuddin, founder of the Reform Group which defected from the NCP. The speech, billed as a major event by his party, followed a December Cabinet shuffle which analysts said left the president more firmly in control. President Bashir said the country’s “un- productive political wrangling” should end but he made no direct mention of a cessation of hostilities on the battlefield. And there was no apology. Bashir said: “The freedom of people has to be respected.” He added that freedom of political party activity “is not only limited to elections.” Meanwhile, the assistant secretary general of the Democratic Unionist Party DAILY NATION Wednesday February 19, 2014 Khama’s AU meetings snub criticised BY MTOKOZISI DUBE NATION Correspondent GABORONE, Tuesday Opposition Botswana Congress Party (BCP) president Mr Dumelang Saleshando has called on those close to President Ian Khama to invest time in persuading him that his absence from meetings like the United Nations General Assembly and African Union (AU) summits does not advance the interests of the country. This comes after Minister of Presiden- PHOTO | AFP Sudan’s President Omar al-Bashir delivers a speech on January 27, 2014 in which he appealed for a political and economic renaissance in his country. (DUP) led by Jalal Al-Digair, Ishraqa Said Mahmoud has called for the need to conduct a genuine reform within political parties which accommodates requirements of the Sudanese society. She pointed to the initiative of the comprehensive popular dialogue launched by the DUP’s late secretary general, AlSharif Zain al-Abdeen al-Hindi, saying it complies address to the nation. (Sudan Tribune) tial Affairs and Public Administration, Mr Mokgwetsi Masisi told Parliament that ever since Mr Khama ascended to the top office in 2008, he has never attended a single meeting of the United Nations General Assembly or the African Union Heads of State summits. Foreign affairs minister, Mr Phandu Skelemani led Botswana’s delegation to the 22nd Ordinary Session of the Assembly of heads of state and government of the African Union in Addis Ababa. Mr Khama, who is in his sixth year in power, attended six Conservation International meetings in the USA. “Key issues of international concern determining the future of the global economy are decided by the UN and the AU. ‘‘The world is becoming a global village; developments in one part of the world are dependent on decisions taken elsewhere’’ Mr Saleshando said.
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