KHARTOUM, April 14 (Reuters) – Sudan’s ruling party on Wednesday said it would invite opposition groups to join the government if it won the country’s general elections, in an apparent bid to heal a rift over accusations of vote fraud.
“If we are declared winners in the elections … we would extend the invitation to all parties, even those who have not participated in the elections, to join the government because we believe this is a critical moment in our history,” senior NCP official Ghazi Salaheddin told reporters.
Sudan is four days into presidential and legislative elections designed to usher the oil-producer to democracy more than two decades after a military-led coup.
The credibility of the poll took a hit after some leading parties decided to boycott large parts of the poll, accusing incumbent President Omar Hassan al-Bashir and his northern National Congress Party (NCP) of widespread rigging. (Reporting by Andrew Heavens; Editing by Jon Boyle)