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The Return of Ghandour and Not the NCP

Osman Mirghani

Prof. Ibrahim Ghandour was released from prison along with a group after being accused under the Terrorism Act. The problem was not their arrest or the accusations as long as it is possible to confront the accusation by the legal procedures, but the problem was they stay behind the bars of the prison for long times without being investigated. This system is normal politically as the legal procedures are utilized to become a tool of political oppression.

The supporting political forces, as well as foes, welcomed Prof. Ghandour’s release because the man was keen during the most critical circumstances to preserve the safety of politics even when his party (The National Congress Party – NCP) was in full power. Ghandour has wide relations with all Sudanese political scenes’ colors.

A few hours after his release, Ghandour spoke to Aj-Jazeera TV Channel and belittled the gallant revolution which managed to remove the longest autocratic regime in Sudan, and promised that his party(NCP) will prepare for the upcoming elections.

The revolution found unprecedented support from the international community and Sudan was removed from the terrorism black list besides steps to write off Sudan’s foreign debts and enter into partnerships with the Sudanese government.

When Prof. Ghandour speaks about the desire of his party (NCP) to compete in the upcoming elections, this gives a scary indication and the feeling that it is the fate of the Sudanese people to prepare for receiving another dictatorship.

The current situation is indeed very bad and the Forces of Freedom and Change failed to achieve the aspiration of the people, but that doesn’t mean that the alternative is the return of the NCP who ruled for 30 years and was removed by a popular uprising.

It is high time for Ghandour and his party to practice self-criticism and recognize their faults, then ask the Sudanese people to forgive them.

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