Beshir's spokesman, Information Minister Ghazi Salah Eddin Atabani, said that life in Sudan was normal and would remain so.
The streets in the country have remained calm and there has been no unusual security presence in public places.Beshir
said yesterday he
had met with army, police and security officers and appeared confident that his
position was secure."All of them expressed their support for the measures and even said they should have been taken earlier," Beshir
said, adding that he
had no plans to order arrests or to exclude anyone from government, and had not received any resignations.Turabi's
Leadership Authority within the National Congress Party has reportedly called on the party's ministers to resign from the government in protest.Beshir
said in his
television speech late Sunday that he
could no longer tolerate rival power bases in Sudan after a rift with Turabi
compared Sudan to a ship passing through a powerful storm that requires the presence of one captain."Two captains make a ship sink," Beshir
said, adding that: "We have started living on isolated islands within the National Congress and every request or proposal I made to the leadership of the party was rejected."Beshir
said that the National Congress
had split into two hostile groups.Under Turabi's
leadership, parliament was preparing to amend the constitution to provide for a prime minister accountable to the parliament who would be charged with running the day-to-day affairs of the government.The position of the president would still remain under the proposed amendment, but his
powers would be curtailed.Another Turabi-supported amendment would have allowed for direct gubernatorial elections in Sudan's different states.
said the state of emergency would not obstruct these reconciliation efforts, but Turabi
said, "How can we expect a man who has betrayed his
own organization to conduct reconciliatory overtures with others?"The reconciliation efforts were being mediated by Egypt and Libya.Egypt, which in the early years of the Beshir
regime tried unsuccessfully to convince Beshir
to break away from Turabi
, yesterday expressed its strong support for Beshir.