Divided Sudanese Ruling Party Elects New Secretary General

Published June 27th, 2000 - 02:00 GMT

Sudan's ruling, but divided, National Congress (NC) party on Monday elected a new secretary general to replace Hassan Turabi who was suspended last May 6th. 

Hitherto Assistant President Ibrahim Ahmed Omar was elected at a meeting of the NC Consultative Council (CC) in the presence of President Omar Bashir, who is also NC Chairman. 

The eight-hour meeting, which was boycotted by Turabi and his supporters, also elected Laurence Lual Lual and Al-Tigani Siraj (a university lecturer) as deputies to the NC secretary general and the little-known Majzoub Ahmed as CC rapporteur to replace Ibrahim Abdel Hafiz who has resigned and switched to Turabi's camp. 

The meeting, which was attended by 388 out of the 560 members of the Council, endorsed the May 6th resolutions taken by Bashir to suspend the NC secretary general and secretariat. 

It has also endorsed NC provincial secretaries appointed by Bashir to replace the suspended ones who are supporters of Turabi. 

Speaking at the meeting, first vice-president Ali Osman Mohamed Taha accused Turabi of planning a coup d'etat. 

"The other party is now agitating the Armed Forces, students and other political forces to topple the Salvation government," Taha charged. 

The rivalry between former allies Beshir and Turabi. has become so bitter that it is considered unlikely that Turabi and his aides will establish their own political party -- KHARTOUM (AFP) 



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