Khartoum state has demonstrated an ideal example regarding reform within the ruling National Congress Party in the framework of renovating the party’s organs and structure. The National Congress Party in Khartoum has seen new young faces and fresh blood in its leadership in addition to granting women 30 percent representation to assume a constitutional post.
Khartoum state is also credited with tremendous progress in the sphere of providing health and education services, thanks to the tireless efforts by its Governor, Abdul-Rahman Al-Khidir, who has met 80 percent of the promises he made during his electoral race and guaranteed to deliver on the remaining pledge in next few months.
Satisfaction and regret
President Omar Al Bashir seems to be fully satisfied with the performance of the Khartoum Governor, demanding that he stay the course of carrying through service programmes and constructing roads and bridges. The President thanked the Khartoum state Minister of Health, Dr. Mamoun Humaida and encouraged him to continue his programme. “What matters for us is the comfort of the citizens, to whom the government is committed to cater to,” the President said.
Al Bashir called on doctors to show integrity and honesty to relocate their private clinics from the vicinities of Khartoum Teaching Hospital to marginal locations, arguing the recently rehabilitated and refurbished premises of Khartoum Hospital are not operating in their full capacities due to the existence of adjacent private clinics.
He said the electricity power supply will stabilise when hydroelectricity production at dams under constructions become fully operational and enters the national grid. The President praised Khartoum government officials particularly for their dedication to providing services and carrying out projects in favour of the residents.
Addressing the ruling party’s general congress, Al Bashir said the National Congress Party has proved its leadership across the nation, adding that the recent 70 percent of changes to the leadership of the party with young leaders confirms that Sudan is awash with qualified cadres capable of leading the nation forward.
“Those talking of democracy should see the experiments of the National Congress,” Al Bashir said in reference to accusations by the opposition parties of the party of curtailing freedoms. He regretted that the previous successive governments were not able to craft a permanent constitution for the country despite the fact that Sudan was the first country to gain independence in the region of South Sahara. “Unfortunately, we are still talking about a transitional government and constitution,” he said, stressing the importance of achieving political stability and a lasting constitution to ensure economic and security stability.
Conditions for the return of Al-Mahdi
President Al Bashir said that the return of the Chairman of the National Umma party, Al Sadiq Al Mahdi is on condition that he washes his hands of the Paris Declaration signed with the rebel Revolutionary Front.
“We welcome Al Sadiq Al Mahdi’s return anytime, but after he backs down on what he signed in Paris,” Al Bashir said, pointing out that Al Mahdi signed the Paris Declaration to topple the regime in Khartoum by force. “Whoever wants to change the regime through political work is welcome,” he stressed.
Al Bashir categorically said that his government will not ally with the Revolutionary Front, adding that inviting them to the ongoing national dialogue does not mean that they are welcome to conduct political work in Khartoum, warning that the government will not tolerate anyone joining hands with individuals or movements taking up arms against the government.
“Sudan will not become Sana’a,” Al Bashir said in a message directed at rebels groups, vowing that the government will never allow what happened in the Yemeni capital to occur in Khartoum. However, he assured that the national dialogue will provide a forum for debating all outstanding national issues without preconditions to reach a possible common ground, considering the exceptional circumstances Sudan is going through to avert further troubles.
Loss of oil revenues
President Al Bashir admitted that the secession of South Sudan cost Sudan 80 percent of oil revenues and 40 percent of foreign currency supply, but said that the country has survived economic collapse despite predictions by international and regional economist, who alleged that the government in Khartoum would fall down in two months in the wake of the secession.
Al Bashir further reiterated that general elections will take place on time as scheduled for 2015, announcing that he has no objection to the reformation of the government during the period of elections to involve all.
He said some parties, which he did not name, view the national dialogue as opportunity to carry out their agenda to change the government capitalising on recent freedoms the government has provided. The president appealed to the rebels as well as all oppositions groups and political forces to transcend differences and vested interests to participate in the nationwide dialogue and respond to his initiative for which he said all guarantees are provided.