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Sudan: Ex-ruling party dissolved, public order law repealed

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Yesterday night, the streets of Khartoum flooded with cheering residents who joined the crowds to celebrate the decisions made by Sudan’s government. The National Congress Party (NCP) established by ousted President Omar al-Bashir has been disbanded, and the infamous Public Order Law used to regulate women’s behavior has been cancelled.

Both of these steps had been discussed for nearly 14 hours in a meeting of country’s Sovereign Council and Cabinet and were the long-awaited measures demanded by the protesters who had ousted ex-president Omar al-Bashir in April.

According to Justice Minister Nasredeen Abdelbari, the law to dissolve al-Bashir’s NCP will ensure that none of the old regime leaders practice politics and none of the symbols of the regime or party are engaged in any political activity for a period of 10 years. It will also allow for the party’s assets to be seized.

The second decision deals with the public order law which was deployed under al-Bashir to impose conservative Islamic social codes on women, robbing them of freedom of dress, movement, association, work, and study.

“The decision to abolish the public order law is a culmination of the courageous struggles of women for 30 years,” women’s rights activist Hadia Hasaballah declared. “Women martyrs deserve it.”

 

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