Popular Congress Party
Popular National Congress Party (PNCP)
Hassan Abdallah al-Turabi headed the opposition Popular Congress Party, and was a former ally of the ruling National Congress Party who helped bring President Bashir to power. The Popular Congress Party (PCP) split from the National Congress Party in 2000, after disagreements between President Bashir and former Chairman of the National Assembly and Parliamentary Spokesman Dr. Hassan Al Turabi.
PCP advocates an Islamic state based on Islamic Sharia and rejects the concept of a secular, democratic state. Key PCP players in North Darfur are Mohammed Aldouma Sabikulu, a business man, Mohammed Elsadig Adam, a bookstore keeper, and Hammza Al Hadi, civil servant. PCP meetings and activities are disrupted by the North Darfur security authorities, and its key figures are closely monitored closely by the National Intelligence and Security Service (NISS). PCP is one of the least popular parties in North Darfur, particularly among women and youth, who resent previous NIF policies.
By 2008 PCP was one of the least popular parties in North Darfur, particularly among women and youth, who resent previous NIF policies. A local leader from the Fur community (who is a member of the Umma National Party) recalled that North Darfur state experienced hard times when the NIF was in control of the government during the first days of National Salvation Government rule. Most of the laws and regulations were based on a conservative interpretation of Islam.
When Mohammed Aldouma Sabikulu, Head of the PCP in North Darfur, was the head of the North Darfur Legislative Council, he dismissed from their duties 80% of the women in government, particularly those in senior positions. During that period, he added, the main requirement for young graduates to secure employment with the government was to be affiliated with the National Islamic Front.
PCP's Turabi and Justice and Equality Movement (JEM) leader Khalil Ibrahim were previously close associates, and PCP's Islamic ideology has led to many suspicions and accusations of collaboration between the two groups. However both Ibrahim and Turabi denied any ties between JEM and PCP.
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