Sudan signs declaration to end the country’s 30 years of Islamic rule, separates religion from state

In a move towards democracy, Sudan’s transitional government has agreed to separate religion from the state, ending 30 years of Islamic rule in the country.

The declaration has been signed by Sudanese Prime Minister Abdalla Hamdok and leader of the Sudan People’s Liberation Movement-North rebel group Abdel-Aziz al-Hilu in Addis Ababa on September 3.

The declaration stated, “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.”

Earlier a week ahead, the government signed a peace deal with rebel forces, that has paved way to end the violence that had crippled the Darfur region and other parts of Sudan under ousted President Omar al-Bashir.

Pertaining to the military rule of Omar al-Bashir, Sudan has been facing international isolation and the transitional government is working to pull out Sudan from the international isolation. Under Bashir’s rule since 1989, Sudan has been the “vanguard of the Islamic world.”

In 1993, the United States designated Sudan as a sponor of terrorism and later imposed sanctions until 2017.

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