May 12, 2012 (KHARTOUM) – The Sudanese President Omer Hassan al-Bashir hit out at members of the his party’s Islamist base saying that power and politics corrupted them.
Sudanese President Omer Hassan al-Bashir (Reuters)
Bashir made the remarks before the Shura [Consultative] council of the Islamist movement in Khartoum on Friday with the participation of 300 members.
It was notable the absence of Bashir’s assistant Nafie Ali Nafie and his adviser Ghazi Salah al-Deen, both of who are leading figures in the ruling National Congress Party (NCP) and the Islamist movement.
The meeting endorsed a new constitution for the Islamist movement which for the first time defined itself as an intellectual body with goals it seeks to achieve. It also stated that the movement has a party that works to further it aims and administer its performance without explicitly mentioning the NCP.
In rare criticism, Bashir said the movement deviated from its values and the fundamental goal of applying the Islamic Shar’ia law.
The conference witnessed intense deliberations that lasted for eight hours and agreed on close coordination between the NCP, government and Islamist movement through a body that brings representatives of all these organs together.
It was also agreed that the general convention would be held