NCP - National Congress Party
The leading party in the current national government which is called the Government of National Unity. [GNU], led by President Omer Al-Bashir.
Presidential Candidate for April 2010 elections: President Omer Al-Bashir
DUP - Democratic Unionist party
Led by Mohamed Osman Al-Mirghani
Presidential Candidate for April 2010 elections: Hatem Al-Sir, a party spokesman. Some early reports had suggested that this party would endorse Al-Bashir.
SPLM - Sudan People Liberation Movement
led by Salva Kiir Mayardit, currently First Vice President in the GNU. He is also the President of the regional Government of South Sudan [GoSS]. He will be running for this role again.
This party is made of southerners.
Presidential Candidate for April 2010 elections: Yassir Saeed Arman is a northerner, married to a Dinka woman, former law student, former member of National Democratic Front, and frequent spokesman for the SPLM, and later the NDA.
PCP - Popular Congress Party
led by Hassan Al-Turabi (Islamic cleric)
Presidential Candidate for April 2010 elections: Abdulla Deng Nhial
Abdulla Deng Nhial is from the Dinka tribe, the largest tribe in the south. He was a professor at Juba University in the 1980s. After the 1989 coup when Bashir gained power, Nhial was a minister for peace and reconstruction, and Governor of White Nile State from 1994 -1999[?]. He is currently the Party Deputy for the PCP. This is an Islamist party.
Umma Party [URRP]- Umma Reform and Renewal Party
led by: former Prime Minister (1986-89) Al-Sadiq Al-Mahdi
Presidential Candidate for April 2010 elections: Al-Sadiq Al-Mahdi
Candidate Al-Mahdi is described as party leader.
Other minority parties...
Sudanese Communist party
Umma National Party
UPDATE. Feb 1, complete list from Sudan Tribune website 30/1/10
The official presidential runners include Omer Hassan Al-Bashir (National Congress Party); Al-Sadiq Al-Mahdi (Umma Party); Hatem Al-Sir (Democratic Unionist Party); Yasir Arman (Sudan People Liberation Movement); Abdullah Deng Nhial (Popular Congress Party); Mohamed Ibrahim Nugud (Sudanese Communist Party); Mubarak Al-Fadil (Umma Reform and Renewal Party); Abdel-Aziz Khalid (Sudan Alliance Forces); Kamil Al-Tayib Idriss (Independent); Ahmed Goha (Independent).
However, the commission rejected three presidential candidates including a female saying they did not meet the statutorily requirements such as gathering a specific number of signatures in a certain number of states.
Munir Sheik Al-Deen (The New National Democratic Party); Fatima Abdel-Mahmood (The Socialist Democratic Union); Abdullah Aki Ibrahim (Independent) were disqualified.
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SOUTH Sudan elections
Two parties are contesting the leadership and governance of South Sudan. If South Sudan votes in the 2011 referendum to separate or become semi-autonomous, then the party and leader will become the defacto rulers of South Sudan.
1. SPLM. Currently the existing governing party is South Sudan.
Candidate for president of GoSS: Salva Kiir Mayardit, currently First Vice President in the GNU. He is also currently the President of the regional Government of South Sudan [GoSS] ie. the incumbent. Eligibility is at risk because he remains an officer in the SPLA, though recent legislation forbids soldiers from also being politicians.
2. SPLM-DC. newly formed breakaway southern group- (resistance to its creation Jan 2010)
Candidate for president of GoSS: Dr. Lam Akol Ajawin
UPDATED on January 18, and January 25.