Sudan's largest opposition party fears suspension

Call for suspension of Sudan's largest party.

Sudan's largest opposition party fears suspension

World Bulletin / News Desk

 

The National Umma Party, Sudan's largest opposition party, said Wednesday that the country's internal intelligence agency had filed a complaint against it at the Parties Affairs Committee and called for suspending its activities.

"The party has received a letter from the Parties Affairs Committee [the panel responsible for regulating political parties] asking it to respond to a complaint filed by the National Security and Intelligence Service," the Umma Party said in a statement.

According to party officials, the complaint was filed after the party signed on to the so-called Paris Declaration, an agreement with armed groups operating in Sudan.

The party said that the security agency had asked the panel to freeze the party's activities or file a lawsuit with the Supreme Constitutional Court requesting its dissolution.

The Sudanese government has yet to comment on the latest developments.

The Paris Declaration was signed last August by Umma Party leader Sadiq al-Mahdi and four Sudanese militant groups that are fighting the government in eight of the country's 18 states.

The intelligence service had said earlier that al-Mahdi's decision to sign the declaration would make him subject to questioning.

The Umma Party has pulled out of a national dialogue initiative launched by President Omar al-Bashir to protest al-Mahdi's arrest last May.

The opposition leader was, however, released one month later.

Sudan remains plagued by conflict between the army and various rebel movements – especially in the country's restive southern and western regions – along with a deteriorating economy.

In 2013, what had initially appeared to be a popular uprising against the long-serving al-Bashir was swiftly and brutally put down by security forces.

 

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