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Sudanese President Omar Al Bashir voting in Sudanese elections on 11 April at St. Francis School, Khartoum.
By Mohamed Osman AdamKhartoum — President Omar Bashir who was sworn in before the parliament on Tuesday delivered a speech in which he promised achieving peace and halting blood shedding in conflict area.
In a ceremony attended by the heads of state from Egypt, Chad, Kenya, Zimbabwe, Djibouti and Somalia, beside representatives from Arab and African states, the president renewed his commitment that he would be president for all Sudanese people irrespective of those who participated or boycotted the elections as this was a constitutional rights exercised by all people.
President Bashir told the legislature, following his sworn in as president for a new term, that he would remain loyal to the Sudan and the Sudanese people and that he would do all he could to serve his homeland.
Bashir reaffirmed that the general and presidential elections were conducted in a free and fair climate under the supervision and observation of regional and international observers and that this would remain a source of pride for the Sudanese people.
President Bashir commended all those who participated in the process, with special reference to the Sudanese people who took part in that national action that showed the resolve of the Sudanese people and their commitment to the peaceful exchange of power through the ballot boxes. He thanked the Sudanese people who put their faith on him.
The president also commended the nationalistic spirit with which the people engaged in the elections, saying the Sudanese people as expected of them went to the elections in full and free will to choose their representatives and their president.
“I bear witness here before you and before Allah the almighty that we will remain in the service of the Sudanese people working to bring every possible good for the people. We pledge before you and before Allah the almighty that we will never be but in positions of pride” President Bashir vowed in his speech before the parliament.
He thanked the national committee that stood behind his nomination led by Field Marshal Abdul Rahaman Swardahab. President Bashir also praised the role played by the National Election Commission which he said has carried out its role in all capability and national commitment.
The president equally commended the role played by the police, army and the security and all regular forces who contributed to the success of the elections in a civilized manner and in a spirit of tolerance and cooperation, denoting their full awareness about this huge constitutional right.
The president said special thanks go to the Sudanese armed forces and their new strong arm, the Rapid Support Forces, and the National Intelligence and Security Services (NISS) who shade their blood in protection and in preservation for the dignity of the Sudanese nation and in securing the climate that led to conducting the elections.
“Our commitment and pledge is that the government will continue supporting them until all citizens are secured in every inch of this grand homeland” President Bashir pledged.
President Bashir sent a special thanks and gratitude to the Sudanese women who have now secured one third of the seats in the parliament, saying that the women in the Sudan have coupled words with deed when they said they would be decisive elements in the elections which they did, he said.
President Bashir commended the youth and the students who have been the spirit and the energy in the elections. The president sent special thanks to the workers, farmers, and businessmen, the pensioners, teachers and intellectuals as well as the religious leaders and the various sectors of the Sudanese popular groups and leaders along with the Sudanese people with special needs who were actively engaged in the elections and were vital for their outcome.
President Bashir commended the role of the political forces that participated in the elections as well as the media men and journalists who contributed in the elections completing this national tableau.
Bashir has underlined that the Sudan is looking forwards to building an effective and productive partnership with all friends and with all sisterly countries of the world, based on Sudanese overtures on all Arab brothers, African neighbors and friends around the globe.
He has pointed out in his speech before the legislatures following the sworn in ceremony as president of the Republic, that Sudanese relations with Arab countries have recently witnessed positive developments and that its African and Asian relations have been a model to be followed for cooperation and constructive relationship.
He said the Sudan would work with open heart and mind to complete its dialogue with the Western countries so that relations would return to normal, guided in this by the positive indexes that showed up recently, and in confirmation of Sudan declared policy of removing all obstacles so as to gain the friendship of all peoples and governments of the world.
He pledged to start a new era in the Sudan where the application of the lofty Islamic sharia will be reinforced, in response to the desire of the Sudanese people and in commitment to the pledges made to those who martyred in defense of those lofty principles.
The president has pointed out in his speech before the national parliament, in the presence of heads of state and government and delegates who came to take part in the inauguration, that the Sudan will enter a new era where blood shedding will cease and reaffirmation of the commitment to relentless efforts to complete the peace process in the country.
The president has reaffirmed his keenness to achieve peace and that the doors close before the doors of sedition, and will open the doors for love, good and brotherhood among and between our people in Darfur, South Kordufan and the Blue Nile area.
He underlined that this peace would be created by the Sudanese hands and Sudanese determination and will, resulting in stability in the homeland and lead to a new phase of development and national building, with a pledge to preserve the unity of the people and the homeland.
He said he was keen to enter in a new era in which he would work with the partners in the homeland to write permanent constitution for the country in a way that would achieve full stability in the homeland and pave the way for making use of the energies of the people for national construction and for development.
He said Sudan is entering a new phase in which all conflicts, nepotism and wars would be discarded and all efforts will be veered towards the reconstruction of the country, based on the guidance of the holy Koran.
The President congratulated the members of the parliament who have been elected by the voters from all part of the country to the National Legislature.
Bashir said in his statement following the inauguration ceremony that he was sure the MPs will carry with them the concern and the worries of their constituencies and that they would continue their role in discussing legislation and in working to monitor the work of the executive, stressing that he would stand with the MPs in the road to reform and development in the country.
He said the government is committed to the reform of the state organs with all the might and resolve and that the aspects of weakness, shortcoming and corruption would be remedied. He said he was confident the MPs would play their role in the supervision, monitoring and in the drafting of legislation to this end.
The president commended the role played by the outgoing MPs, commending the legislature, its leading role and vanguard position in support of the concern of the homeland and in backing and supporting the Sudanese armed forces.
The President has meanwhile announced the formation of a new commission charged with fighting corruption and that this commission would be affiliated to the presidency of the Republic.
He said the new era Sudan is entering into will be that of social justice, the rule of law and prevalence of the shura among the Sudanese people.
He said the new era will be characterized by the high place of transparency in decision making, in appointment and in decisively dealing with any form of corruption or failure to discharge duties or function.
President Bashir told the MPs that in the new ear investment will witness a qualitative leap through attraction of Arab investment capitals that will take role in the Arab food security where the Sudan stand as the lead.
The president said agriculture would be the spearhead in the investment process in the Sudan and that it would be the motor that would help the Sudan remedy poverty, unemployment and compensate the country for the losses made because of the war and conflicts.
The president has meanwhile stressed that assuming public posts will be based on qualification and on competences and that at the same time there would be freedom of expression so long as it is abiding by the law and avoid calling for religious or racial sedition in the country.
He said the Sudan would also make use of all its resources to help build the modern Sudan.
Bashir has revealed that the discovered gold according to the most recent geological map stands at over 8000 tons at a market value of 330 billion dollars which will be used to complete the grand development project and to achieve economic prosperity for the Sudanese people.
The president stressed that the coming phase will be devoted for future developments and that a new page for national accord and togetherness of the national ranks, will be opened.
He said the living conditions of the Sudanese people will be given priority, saying the Sudanese people have born all the suffering and shortages but they still continued their resolve to see sustainability of the economic development and to provide the best possible living conditions for the people, through the best use of the national resources, improving productivity and investment with better cooperation with Sudanese economic partners.
He said Sudan is poised to be a leading productive nation that will meet its needs and cover the food gap for others.
He also announced that all preparations have been completed for launching the comprehensive national dialogue, be it political or societal, which he had called for last year. He said the process will kick off in the coming few days.
The president called on political parties in opposition and who are reluctant to join the process and on rebel movement that the doors of the country are still open to all of them and that they will not be closed before the national political forces that reject the use of force and opt for dialogue as a means for a comprehensive national dialogue that will bring all national forces and deal with all national issues and questions.
The president has announced pardon on all those who carry arms and who are genuine for returning to the home and take part in the dialogue.
“They are all welcome around the national dialogue table so as to come out with a document that would be acceptable for all Sudanese people and which will bring together all Sudanese people and unite their ranks, build its national glory, tall among other nations” the president stressed.
He said he calls on all the Sudanese political forces, be they in agreement or not with the government, that the joint national duty should be to preserve the security and stability of the country and to observe the peaceful coexistence between its various cultural components in a culture of peace and cohesion and that there should be a peaceful deliberation of power and that in case of any differences the politicians should go back to the people.
He said the people should work together to protect the country from foreign breaking and from any other international agenda that would negatively impact the people of the Sudan. He said the Sudanese political scene is big enough to accommodate all people.
He said Sudan is at a very critical stage with serious developments in the neighbouring areas, including wars, conflicts, splits and destruction. He called on all to avoid the Sudanese undergoing similar fate. He called for working together with the neighbouring Arab and African brothers to find political solution that would avert the region warring and displacement and destruction.
Bashir said the new cabinet will be announced shortly, to continue with the plans set in the quarter of century strategic plans and also will be guided by the election programme announced by the Presidential candidate Omar Bashir during the election campaign.
He said the new cabinet will take into consideration the aspirations and expectations of the Sudanese people and their legitimate demands, seeking to convert them into realities.
The president pointed to the various achievements reached thanks to the efforts exerted by the outgoing cabinet, the legislative and political organs.
The president has stressed that much attention will be given to the weaker sectors and that production will be encouraged in the agricultural and industrial sectors and that all hurdles before investment would be removed.