Sudan ends 30 years of Islamic law, separates religion from the state

The North African nation has agreed to separate religion from the state “to become a democratic nation.”

The transitional government of the North African nation will separate religion from the state, ending 30 years of Islamic rule.

Sudanese Prime Minister Abdalla Hamdok and Abdel-Aziz al-Hilu, a leader of the Sudan People’s Liberation Movement-North rebel group, signed a declaration in the Ethiopian capital, Addis Ababa, on Thursday.

“For Sudan to become a democratic country where the rights of all citizens are enshrined, the constitution should be based on the principle of ‘separation of religion and state,’ in the absence of which the right to self-determination must be respected,” the document states.

This comes as Sudanese leaders and rebel commanders on August 31 agreed to sign a peace deal which could potentially end 17 years of conflict. This has been a priority of Sudan’s transitional government, which came to power after the April 2019 ouster of long-time leader Omar al-Bashir following months of mass protests.

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