Sudanese President Omar Bashir has appealed to all members of the ruling National Congress' Consultative Council (CC) to show up for a scheduled council meeting Monday.
Bashir, who is also party chairman, said in a statement distributed by his office Saturday that the meeting was called with the aim of "surmounting" the difficulties the Party is currently going through.
"Seeking peace and reconciliation of all Sudanese people, we should set an example in exercising and abiding by Shura (consultation)," said Bashir.
He has pledged his commitment to all resolutions adopted by the 560-strong council meeting of the party that groups former allies-turned-rivals Bashir and Hassan Turabi.
The rivalry between the two has become so bitter that it is considered unlikely that Turabi and his aides will take part in the meeting and it is widely expected that they will establish their own political party.
Turabi's top aide Ibrahim al-Sanousi told AFP that by Sunday they would make known their decision over whether or not they would participate in the meeting.
Asked whether his faction would form a new party, Sanousi said "you will get an answer to this question at a press conference we are going to hold next Tuesday."
Mohamed Hassan Amin, another senior aide to Turabi, told reporters that their participation is linked to the lifting of the May suspension of Turabi, as secretary general and of provincial secretaries, and also with the reopening of the NC offices.
"How can suspended NC officials take part in a party meeting?" said Amin, adding that if their conditions were met they would take part in the meeting – KHARTOUM (AFP)
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