Transitional gov't to dissolve ex-ruling party

Omar al-Bashir

Sudanese military toppled Hassan Omar al Bashir

Bashir and his National Congress Party (PCN) had ruled the country of northeastern Africa since June 30, 1989, before a nationwide protest movement resulted in his dismissal earlier this year.

Sudan's transitional authorities approved a law late on Thursday to "dismantle" the regime of former President Omar al-Bashir, including the dissolution of his political party and confiscation of all its properties - in response to a key demand of protesters that helped overthrow his government in April. "The party is not bothered by any law or decision issued against it as the NCP is a strong party and its ideas will prevail". The meeting saw disputes over an article that bans people who took leading posts in the former regime from practicing politics, sources with knowledge of the proceedings told Reuters.

Sudan's justice minister, Nasredeen Abdelbari said the law to dissolve Bashir's National Congress Party (NCP) also allows for the party's assets to be seized.

Prime Minister Hamdok tweeted: "The laws of public order and public morals were a tool of exploitation, humiliation, violation - violation of the rights of citizens, and a violation of the dignity of the people".

"We passed this law in a joint meeting to establish justice and respect the dignity of the people, and safeguard their profits, and so that the wealth looted from the people can recover", he added.

Women played an important role in the mass protests that led to the fall of al-Bashir in April.

"It is a major step towards achieving the goal of the revolution and on the path of building a democratic civilian state", the SPA said in a statement.

Sudan's Sovereign Council and Council of Ministers adopted the Law on the Dismantling of the Ingaz Regime and the Public Order Act, as hundreds went out in the streets of Khartoum to celebrate the historic event. Thousands of women were flogged, fined and even jailed under the archaic law that activists said primarily targeted women through harsh interpretations of Islamic sharia law.

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

The law had led to simmering anger for decades among women, who were at the forefront of street protests that erupted in December 2018.

Bashir and other former government officials are in prison over charges of corruption, committing a military coup in 1989, and killing protesters.

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