Sudan’s President Omar El Bashir has been nominated to vie for the presidential elections in April, an election that will be the first ever democratic ballot in Africa’s largest country Sudan. A statement from the Sudan Embassy in Nairobi said: “The Head of the National Authority for Election Campaign Abdul Rahman Sowar Al-Dahab said that the Government of National Unity parties proposed Al-Bashir for nomination as presidential candidate, explaining that 31,102 citizens from 25 states have backed him for the presidency.” The National Elections Commission said Field Marshal Bashir received the support of more than 31,000 voters to vie for the presidency.
Mr Al-Dahab said Mr Bashir was unanimously elected as he had the interests of all Sudanese people at heart and that was crucial for national unity and reunification. Bashir who is facing charges from the International Criminal Court for Human Rights abuses, has the support of among others, the Vice President Ali Osman Mohammed Taha. Political parties supporting Mr Bashir said the nomination is meant to complete the national and historical role he has been playing, and that he stands as a symbol of national unity, “a safety valve for the attainment of the higher national objectives set by the agreements and plans related to the completion of the peace process and democratic transformation.”
Besides, the document stressed: “Al Bashir stands out as a common denominator who has implemented what his national duties, his historical and constitutional responsibilities dictated with regard to the execution of the stipulations of the peace accords and of the strategic plans.” The document, the National Accord Document for the Nomination of Omar al Bashir, has stressed that the Comprehensive Peace Agreement signed in 2005 and the subsequent agreements such as the Darfur Peace Agreement, the Cairo Accord, the Eastern Sudan agreement, stand as historical pillars in the course of the modern Sudanese history.
The document also said Mr Bashir was pursuing the aspirations of all people in Sudan including an end to the war and bloodletting that have impeded the development process in the country. Others are, participation in running the affairs of the country in a just and fair manner, the division of wealth and sharing of power in a way that would remove any social, political and cultural grievances, exerting more efforts and speeding up steps for the implementation of plans of action agreed upon in line with Interim Constitution with the view to effect democratic transformation and make the desired social peace that will lead to political stability in reality.
The document also said that these elements constitute the ground for the country’s overture on the world and removal of all siege and all criticisms that have been impeding largely the country’s chances of merger with the international economy. Mr Bashir has since stepped down as Commander in Chief of the Armed Forces in readiness for the elections.
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