Sudan's Turabi Declares Breakaway Party

Published June 27th, 2000 - 02:00 GMT

Sudan's Islamist ideologue Hassan Turabi on Tuesday declared he was forming a breakaway party, crowning a split with President Omar Bashir whom he helped seize power in a 1989 coup. 

Turabi told a press conference at his Khartoum residence that his party would be called the People's National Congress (PNC) to "distinguish it from the government's National Congress." 

In a growing power struggle that burst into the open, Beshir declared a state of emergency in December and effectively ousted Turabi as parliamentary speaker by dissolving parliament. 

After efforts at a compromise failed, Bashir then suspended Turabi in May as the National Congress party's secretary general -- KHARTOUM (AFP) 

 

© 2000 Al Bawaba (www.albawaba.com)

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