The new Sudanese government has signed a law dissolving the National Congress Party (NCP) of former President Omar al-Bashir and confiscating the party's funds, the country's Prime Minister Abdalla Hamdok announced on Thursday.
On his Twitter page, Hamdok said that the dissolvement of the NCP is "not an act of revenge" but rather aims to preserve the dignity of Sudanese citizens "tired of the NCP's injustice". He added that the law also sought to "retrieve the stolen wealth" of the Sudanese people.
قانون تفكيك النظام البائد وإزالة التمكين ليس قانوناً للانتقام، بل هو من أجل حفظ كرامة هذا الشعب بعد أن أنهكته ضربات المستبدين وعبثت بثرواته ومقدراته أيادي بعض عديمي الذمة قصيري الخطو في مضمار القيم والشرف والأمانة والحقوق.— Abdalla Hamdok (@SudanPMHamdok) November 28, 2019
Additionally, Sudan's Sovereign Council has scrapped the public order act previously adopted by the former government, which regulated women's dress and behaviour in accordance with Islamic principles, Reuters reported earlier in the day.
Al-Bashir's NCP had been Sudan's ruling party since 1989, before anti-government protests erupted in Sudan in December 2018. In April 2019, a military coup ousted al-Bashir and the Transitional Military Council (TMC) came to power.
However, the demonstrations continued with opposition protesters calling on the TMC to transfer power to a civilian-led government.
The TMC and the opposition subsequently concluded a power-sharing agreement, establishing the Sovereign Council.
In August, Hamdok was sworn in as Sudan's prime minister.