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Bashir meets breakaway Islamist Turabi for first time in years

Sudan's President Omar al-Bashir officially met breakaway Islamist Hassan al-Turabi Friday for the first time in 14 years, as the government reaches out to opponents after calls for reform. Both figures smiled when they arrived at the presidential guest house to begin talks accompanied by large delegations. Bashir has been courting Turabi's opposition Popular Congress Party and former prime minister Sadiq Al-Mahdi's Umma as part of a political and economic "renaissance" the president announced in January for the country ravaged by war, poverty, and political turmoil.

Leading Sudan critic calls for rebel amnesty

Sudanese armed rebels must be given amnesty and political prisoners should be freed, a leading dissident expelled by Sudan's ruling party says. Ghazi Salahuddin Atabani, a former adviser to President Omar al-Bashir, made the demand late Tuesday after Bashir appealed for a political and economic "renaissance" in a country ravaged by government-rebel clashes, poverty and political turmoil. "The wars have to stop, and the armed groups must be given amnesty," Atabani told reporters. "All the political detainees, political prisoners, have to be freed."

Bashir seeks political, economic 'renaissance' for Sudan

Sudan's President Omar al-Bashir on Monday appealed for a political and economic renaissance in his country ravaged by war, poverty and political turmoil. It was the latest call Bashir has made in the past year for a broad political dialogue, including with the country's armed insurgents. But this time, he made his appeal directly to opposition figures -- including breakaway members of his own party -- who joined the audience of government-linked parties, cabinet members and foreign diplomats for his speech at a conference hall along the Blue Nile.

Bashir seeks political, economic 'renaissance' for Sudan

Sudan's President Omar al-Bashir on Monday appealed for a political and economic renaissance in his country ravaged by war, poverty and political turmoil. It was the latest call Bashir has made in the past year for a broad political dialogue, including with the country's armed insurgents. But this time, he made his appeal directly to opposition figures -- including breakaway members of his own party -- who joined the audience of government-linked parties, cabinet members and foreign diplomats for his speech at a conference hall along the Blue Nile.

Bashir seeks political, economic 'renaissance' for Sudan

Sudan's President Omar al-Bashir on Monday appealed for a political and economic renaissance in his country ravaged by war, poverty and political turmoil. "We in the National Congress Party are calling for all Sudanese to participate in this renaissance," he said in a speech designed to address urgent calls for reform in his 25-year-old regime, but which fell short of critics' expectations. str-it/dv

Bashir seeks political, economic 'renaissance' for Sudan

Sudan's President Omar al-Bashir on Monday appealed for a political and economic renaissance in his country ravaged by war, poverty and political turmoil. "We in the National Congress Party (NCP) are calling for all Sudanese to participate in this renaissance," he said in a speech designed to address urgent calls for reform in his 25-year-old regime, but which fell short of critics' expectations. It was the latest call he has made in the past year for a broad political dialogue, including with the country's armed insurgents.

Sudan's Bashir to visit Juba Monday: state radio

Sudan's President Omar al-Bashir will visit South Sudan Monday, state radio said, as negotiators in Ethiopia prepared formal ceasefire talks over three weeks of fighting in the world's youngest country. Radio Omdurman said on Sunday Bashir would meet his southern counterpart President Salva Kiir in Juba for talks on the conflict in South Sudan, without giving further details. str/tp/srm/tl

Sudan's Bashir unveils new govt after reform calls

Sudan's President Omar al-Bashir on Sunday replaced his two vice presidents and unveiled a partially new cabinet after urgent calls for reform in the 24-year-old regime. The changes come less than a week after leading ruling party dissident Ghazi Salahuddin Atabani said he had launched a new "Reform" party relying on youth support that has attracted thousands of supporters. It is the most serious split in years within Bashir's National Congress Party (NCP), which has faced internal criticism over alleged corruption and stagnant leadership.

Sudan's Bashir unveils new govt after reform calls

Sudan's President Omar al-Bashir on Sunday replaced his two vice presidents and unveiled a partially new cabinet after urgent calls for reform in the 24-year-old regime. The changes come less than a week after leading ruling party dissident Ghazi Salahuddin Atabani said he had launched a new "Reform" party relying on youth support that has attracted thousands of supporters. It was the most serious split in years within Bashir's National Congress Party (NCP), which has faced internal criticism over alleged corruption and stagnant leadership.

Sudan's Bashir unveils new govt after reform calls

Sudan's President Omar al-Bashir on Sunday replaced his two vice-presidents and unveiled a new cabinet after urgent calls for reform in the 24-year-old regime. The change comes less than a week after leading ruling party dissident Ghazi Salahuddin Atabani said he had launched a new "Reform" party relying on youth support that has attracted thousands of followers. It is the most serious split in years within Bashir's National Congress Party (NCP), which has faced internal criticism over alleged corruption and stagnant leadership.
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