Sudan Islamists name presidential candidate

Nial is the second candidate announced so far against President Omar al-Beshir, who has ruled Sudan since 1989.

Sudan Islamists name presidential candidate

Leading Islamist dissident Hassan al-Turabi said on Saturday that his Popular Congress Party has nominated deputy chief Abdullah Deng Nial, a southern Sudanese, to run for the Sudanese presidency in April.

Nial is the second candidate announced so far against President Omar al-Beshir, who has ruled Sudan since 1989.

Abdullah Ali Ibrahim, a university professor, has said he will also contest the elections as an independent.

Other candidates are expected to put themselves forward ahead of the January 22 registration deadline.

"The candidate is Abdullah Deng Nhial from the south," the party's top defence and security official, Mohamed al-Amin Khalifa, told Reuters on Sunday.

Nhial is a deputy head of the PCP.

The PCP leader, Islamist Hassan al-Turabi, will not stand for president because he prefers to remain head of the party, whose policy is that one person should not hold both posts, Khalifa said.

Turabi, once close to Bashir, left government and formed his opposition party after a bitter leadership battle with Bashir in 1999/2000.

As well as the presidential election, Sudanese will vote for national and state parliaments and state governors in April.

The Sudan People's Liberation Movement, the ruling party in south Sudan, has yet to confirm whether or not it will field a candidate, but is expected to do so this week.

The party leader Salva Kiir, who is Sudanese vice president and leader of autonomous south Sudan, had previously said he would run in the election.


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