Democratic Unionist Party (Sudan)

Democratic Unionist Party (Sudan)

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Democratic Unionist Party (Sudan)

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The Democratic Unionist Party () (Al Hizb Al-Ittihadi Al-Dimuqrati) is the oldest political party in Sudan.

Sudan's first President Ismail al-Azhari was a member of the party when it was known as the National Unionist Party. It was in 1967, in the house of its patron Sir Sayyid Ali Al-Mirghani, that Al-Azhari declared the new party under the name; Democratic Unionist Party in the presence of the current leader Al-Sayyid Muhammad Othman Al-Mirghani and King Faisal of Saudi Arabia.

The party's main platform is in favour of the unity of Sudan and previously Sudan and Egypt the downstream Nile River riparians.

The head of the Sudan DUP is Al-Sayyid Muhammad Othman Al-Mirghani. He is also the head of the Khatmiya Sufi order and a descendant of the prophet Muhammad.

The DUP is the only Sudanese party to have ever solely governed the country through democratic elections (1953) winning 58 seats followed by the Umma Party with 22 seats. It is seen as the only major Sudanese party that has not participated in a coup d'etat in Sudan since its independence.

In the last democratic elections (in 1984) the party won the largest number of votes and came second in the number of seats won in parliament.

The basic Basic intellectual underpinnings of the party since its general congress in late 1960s, are: democratic pluralism (parliamentary) politically, socialism democracy economically, social justice, and the establishment of a neutral country towards religions as the only acceptable way for...
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