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Council grapples with Sharia law differences

Publish date: 13 May 2019
Issue Number: 823
Diary: IBA Legalbrief Africa
Category: Sudan

Sudan's ruling military council is insisting that Sharia remain the basis of the country's new laws. Protest leaders had handed them a list of proposals for an interim government, following the ousting of President Omar al-Bashir in April. However, the 10-member military council said it had ‘many reservations’ about their suggestions – including the protesters' conspicuous silence on Islamic law. BBC News reports that the protesters' proposals were put to the military council by the Declaration of Freedom and Change Forces, a coalition of activists and opposition political groups. Lieutenant-general Shamseddine Kabbashi, spokesman for the Transitional Military Council, said ‘the declaration failed to mention the sources of legislation, and the Islamic Sharia law and tradition should be the source of legislation’.

Full BBC News report