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Three parties confirm participation in new Sudanese government

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Khartoum (dpa) - Three of the 16 political parties in talks with the new Sudanese government said Tuesday they were prepared to participate in the new administration, to be formed next month in accordance with the interim constitution.
The Union of Sudan African Parties (USAP), the Democratic Salvation Front (DSF) and Ansar Sunna have all confirmed their participation in the upcoming national unity government and the transitional parliament, an advisor to Sudan's first vice president Nhial Deng said Tuesday.

The confirmation follows a decision announced earlier this month by Sadiq al-Mahdi, leader of the traditional Umma party and his brother-in-law, Hassan Abdalla Turabi, leader of the Islamic Popular Congress party, to opt out of the new government after Sudan's ex-rebels requested a role in drafting the interim constitution.

Meanwhile Deng said that members of Sudan's ruling National Congress party and its partner; the Sudan Peoples Liberation Movement (SPLM) have also started talks with other political parties regarding their participation in the government. dpa we sr

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