President: Sudan to Hold General Election on Time


Sudanese President Omar Hassan Al-Bashir on ruled out the intension for postponing the general elections, which is due to be held in March, 2015.

“We discussed this possibility in none of our meetings; we don’t intend to discuss it either,” Al-Bashir told reporters following a meeting by the Shura Council of the ruling National Congress Party (NCP), the Kuwaiti News Agency reported.

President Al-Bashir reaffirmed the commitment of his government to provide all guarantees and create all conditions necessary for fair and transparent polls.

He also renewed commitment to the initiative, he launched in last January, for holding a national inclusive dialogue.

“The NCP call for other parties to engage in the dialogue did not stem from weakness; it rather aims to give all political parties a chance to resume their activities in a free and responsible way,” Al-Bashir pointed out.

The opposition parties call for postponing the elections, pending the conclusion of the national dialogue and breaking the current political standoff.

Meanwhile, Al-Bashir warned the political parties from conducting any contacts with the rebel Sudan Revolutionary Front (SRF) – an alliance of Darfurian rebel groups and the Sudan People’s Liberation Movement-North (SPLM-N).

He condemned the SRF as a group of traitors and agents of foreign forces, and vowed to combat them relentlessly countrywide.