Al-Tayyar’s opposition to Bashir’s reelection, source of its troubles

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March 13, 2018 (KHARTOUM) – The targeting of Al-Tayyar newspaper by the security service has been motivated by its opposition to the nomination of President Omer al-Bashir to run for a new term in 2020 elections, Sudan Tribune has learned.

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Al-Tayyar editor in chief Osman Merghani (L) speaks in a press conference with his lawyer Nabil Adeeb on Wednesday December 16, 2015 (ST Photo)

Osman Mirghani, the publisher and Chief-Editor of Al-Tayyar said on Monday he intends to file a suit against the National Intelligence and Security Services (NISS) due to continued confiscations of his independent daily.

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Speaking in a press conference, Mirghani said the NISS since last week has forced the printing house not to hand over copies of Al-Tayyar until after 6:00 am (local time) which adversely impacts on its sales.

A reliable source told Sudan Tribune Tuesday that security officials openly told him that his newspaper should abandon its opposition to al-Bashir’s re-nomination for a new presidential term within two years.

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Also, the NISS conveyed its reservations on Al-Tayyar’s editorial line and its opinion articles, which the security authorities consider to be contrary to previous directives.

Since last November, an intense public debate erupted in the country over al-Bashir’s nomination for a third term in 2020 which is in violation of the constitution.

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The issue has even divided the ruling National Congress Party (NISS) and many consider that the president has reorganized the security apparatus and prepare a ministerial reshuffle in preparation for the upcoming elections.

Observers in Khartoum say al-Bashir will continue to grip on power as long as he remains wanted by the International Criminal Court (ICC).

(ST)

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