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Sudan will repeal some Islamic laws 30 years after enactment



The Sudanese authorities announced that Sudan has outlined reform measures that will allow the country to withdraw some strict Islamic rules in 30 years.

According to Reuters, the new regulations include allowing non-Muslims to drink alcohol and abolishing the public whip log as a punishment, and prohibiting female genital mutilation. Attorney General Nasredeen Abdulbari explained that the focus will be on repealing laws that violate human rights in Sudan.

Abdalla Hamdok led the transitional government to replace dictator Omar al-Bashir after he was overthrown by the military following a massive protest last month. Hamdok’s government vowed to transition to democracy, end discrimination and establish peace with the rebels.

In this archive photo on August 21, 2019, the new Sudanese Prime Minister Abdalla Hamdok speaks at a press conference in Khartoum, Sudan.  The Sudanese Transitional Government announced a major cabinet reshuffle, hoping to ease public dissatisfaction with the economic collapse and other crises that test the country’s path to democracy.  Hamdok accepted the resignation of six ministers on Thursday, July 9, 2020, including the finance minister who was accused of failing to save the plunging economy.

In this archive photo on August 21, 2019, the new Sudanese Prime Minister Abdalla Hamdok speaks at a press conference in Khartoum, Sudan. The Sudanese Transitional Government announced a major cabinet reshuffle, hoping to ease public dissatisfaction with the economic collapse and other crises that test the country’s path to democracy. Hamdok accepted the resignation of six ministers on Thursday, July 9, 2020, including the finance minister who was accused of failing to save the plunging economy.
(Associated Press photos, documents)

Abdulbari announced on state television on Saturday night that for Muslim citizens, broader social rules, including a ban on alcohol, will continue to exist.

Abdulbari announced other changes, such as no longer requiring women to obtain permission to travel with their children from their male members, and abandoning Islam (so-called apostasy) will no longer lead to the death penalty.

According to the BBC report, Bashir came to power in 1989 and expanded Islamic law, establishing a public order policeman, who usually punishes criminals in public by whipping.

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Hamdok’s government is not easy to move forward because of economic problems that haunt the country. The Associated Press reported that in the past week, protests against trouble caused Handok to take over six ministers.

A government statement stated that agents held various positions, including ministers of foreign affairs, energy, agriculture and transportation.

Hamdok said: “People’s trust in the transitional government has forced us to listen to the voices on the street.” “Legal review and amendments will continue until we resolve all distortions in the Sudanese legal system.”

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Hamdok’s government is composed of generals and civilians and will continue to hold power until 2022, when it is expected that the government will hold elections.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.


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