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Sudanese government endorses law to dissolve former ruling party of ex-dictator Omar al Bashir

KHARTOUM, Sudan – Sudan’s Sovereign Council and Council of Ministers have endorsed a law aimed at dissolving the country’s former and long-term ruling party of ousted Military Dictator General Omar al Bashir.

The decision was reached in the two groups’ first joint prolonged legislative meeting that ended early Friday.

In addition to officially endorsing the law to dissolve the former ruling National Congress Party (NCP), the two bodies also passed another law repealing the Public Order Law.

The two bodies agreed to endorse the “law for dismantling the June 30th regime and removing empowerment,” which is concerned with dissolving the NCP and confiscating its properties and the “law for canceling the public order law.”

“The endorsement of the two laws came in fulfillment of the revolution’s slogans in freedom, peace, and justice,” Mohamed Al-Faki Suleiman, spokesman of the sovereign council, said in a statement.

Meanwhile, Sudan’s Justice Minister, Nasredeen Abdelbari, told local and international newsgroups after the meeting that “the law for dismantling the NCP comes in implementation of the constitutional document, and it directly dissolves the NCP and seizes the party’s properties, money, and affiliates to be affiliated to the Federal Ministry of Finance and Economic Planning.”

The justice minister said the law stipulates the establishment of an 18-member committee to be tasked with instructing the concerned authorities to dissolve any government or partisan body, organization, union, commission, company, or partisan arm that belongs to the June 30 regime and end the service of its personnel.

According to a Sudanese government spokesman, the constitutional declaration, previously approved by the sovereign council and the cabinet, stipulates that the council and the cabinet have the right to pass the laws until the transitional parliament is established.

The NCP, under former President Omar al-Bashir, had ruled Sudan for 30 years since 1989 until the Sudanese army ousted al-Bashir in April amid popular protests that erupted in December last year.

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Ben Mabande

Ben Mabande is a researcher and senior contributing reporter with Globe Afrique Media.

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