Published: Sat, November 30, 2019
Worldwide | By Lisa Hogan

Sudan Dissolves Former President al-Bashir's Party, Confiscates Party's Funds

Sudan Dissolves Former President al-Bashir's Party, Confiscates Party's Funds

The authorities late yesterday approved a law ordering the NCP to be dissolved, its assets confiscated and the regime dismantled as demanded by the protest movement that led to the veteran leader's fall in April.

"But it aims to preserve the dignity of Sudanese people which was crushed by dishonest people", he wrote on Twitter.

The Sovereign Council and the Sudan Cabinet announced early Friday that they would lift the infamous Public Order Law and order the dissolution of the National Congress Party of al-Bashir.

Under Mr al-Bashir, the public order law was deployed to impose conservative Islamic social codes, restricting women's freedom of dress, movement, association, work and study.

The new ruling sovereign council and cabinet led by Prime Minister Abdalla Hamdok passed the decisions under a law named "Dismantling of the regime of 30th June, 1989".

The Sudanese Professionals Association, which spearheaded the uprising against al-Bashir, hailed the move as "an important step" towards the establishment of a civil and democratic state in Sudan.

The implementation of the law will be a crucial test of the extent to which transitional authorities are willing or able to revoke nearly three decades of Bashir's rule, who assumed power in a 1989 coup d'etat.

"I send a tribute to the young men and women of my country who have endured the horrors of the application of these laws". "By this law, we want to establish a new era", he said.

As of today, al-Bashir is still in prison and facing charges of corruption.

Also, it authorized the sack of the government and public institutions and enterprises from the elements of the banned party, opening the door for a purge have claimed by the revolution supporters since the collapse of the former regime in April 2019.

Those found to have contravened the law could be punished with flogging.

"This law is notorious for being used as a tool of exploitation, humiliation & violation of rights", Prime Minister Abdallah Hamdok tweeted in reference to the overturned law.

Women's rights activist Hadia Hasaballah said the repeal of the law showed the failure of Islamist ideology.

The second law on abolished the Public Order Act which was directed against women.

Women were at the forefront of the movement that toppled Mr Bashir.

In the capital Khartoum, some drivers hooted vehicle horns in celebration after the late-night announcements, while others exchanged slogans from the uprising on social media.

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