Khartoum - Sudan's opposition on Wednesday rejected a call
by the country's most powerful vice president for them to join the government
in making a new constitution.
The invitation by Vice President Ali Osman Taha, who also
reached out to rebels in South Kordofan and Blue Nile states, came as tension
eases with neighbouring South Sudan.
Taha invited the opposition and rebels for dialogue at a
news conference on Tuesday, his first in more than two years.
"We don't see anything new in that. It is the same
line," said Farouk Abu Issa, who heads the opposition alliance of more
than 20 parties.
Taha suggested that as relations with the South improve
there is a less restrictive political atmosphere within Sudan, where opposition
figures have been jailed.
Sudan needs a new constitution to replace the 2005 document
based on a peace agreement which ended Sudan's 23-year civil war and led to
South Sudan's separation in July 2011.
But Issa said the next constitution should not be made under
a process led by the 23-year regime of President Omar al-Bashir and his
National Congress Party (NCP).