Sudan that is currently led by a joint military and civilian council, as well as a civilian-led cabinet headed by Prime Minister Abdalla Hamdok has passed a law dissolving the party of ousted former president Omar al-Bashir who seized power in a 1989 coup and ruled for almost three decades till April this year.
The country’s transitional authorities also repealed a public order law that was used to police women’s behavior. Both measures responded to key demands of the protest movement, which aims to dismantle Mr Bashir’s regime.
Dissolving Mr Bashir’s National Congress Party (NCP) means that the authorities can seize the party’s assets. The decree confirmed that a committee would be formed to do this.
This is also to enable efforts to retrieve the stolen wealth of the people of Sudan who have remained strong, resilient and revolutionary. There is a new dawn in Sudan's horizon.
— Abdalla Hamdok (@SudanPMHamdok) November 28, 2019
A spokeswoman for the Sudanese Professionals Association, the protest group that toppled al-Bashir said this was a historic moment.
“This is a moment of relief, because each and every person in Sudan has been affected in some way or the other by this regime in a negative manner,” spokeswoman Samahir Mubarak said.
A controversial public order law that severely curtailed women’s rights in Sudan was also repealed. Activists said under the oppressive regulation, based on particularly harsh interpretations of Islamic Sharia law, women were arrested for attending private parties or wearing trousers.
-of a nation whose young men and women help each other crossover the lines of fire and who shall not be defeated.
— Abdalla Hamdok (@SudanPMHamdok) November 29, 2019