Sudan’s government agrees to separate religion and state

Sudanese Prime Minister Abdalla Hamdok, left, and The Sudan Liberation Movement-North leader, Abdel-Aziz al-Hilu, hold up their…
FILE – Sudanese Prime Minister Abdalla Hamdok, left, and The Sudan Liberation Movement-North leader, Abdel-Aziz Adam al-Hilu, hold up their hands in the conflict-affected remote town of Kauda, Nuba Mountains, Sudan, Jan. 9, 2020.

KHARTOUM – Sudan’s transitional government has agreed in principle to separate religion and state after three decades of Islamic rule in the country.

Prime Minister Abdalla Hamdok and Abdel-Aziz Adam al-Hilu, the leader of the rebel SPLM-North faction, signed a declaration of principles in the Ethiopian capital, Addis Ababa, Thursday evening that says, “The state shall not establish an official religion. No citizen shall be discriminated against based on their religion.”

The two leaders agreed to recognize and respect the country’s diversity.

Sudanese Prime Minister Abdalla Hamdok addresses the press after meeting with his Egyptian counterpart (unseen) in Sudan's…
FILE – Sudanese Prime Minister Abdalla Hamdok addresses the press in Sudan’s capital Khartoum, Aug. 15, 2020.

“Sudan is a multi-racial, multi-ethnic, multi-religious and multi-cultural society. Full recognition and accommodation of these diversities must be affirmed,” stated the document, seen by VOA’s South Sudan in Focus.

The SPLM governor candidate Abdul Aziz Al-Hilu speaks to the press after voting at a polling centre in Kadogli in South…
FILE – Then-SPLM governor candidate Abdel-Aziz Adam al-Hilu speaks to the press in Kadogli in South Kordofan state, Sudan, May 2, 2011.

The two sides also agreed to establish informal negotiation workshops to resolve contentious issues such as the right to self-determination of all citizens.

The declaration comes four days after the government initialed a deal in Juba, South Sudan, with a coalition of rebel forces, lifting hopes that fighting in Darfur and other parts of Sudan, which continued for years under ousted president Omar al-Bashir, is over.

Hamdok and al-Hilu have said they believe it is necessary to reach a comprehensive and just political solution to all of Sudan’s conflicts, one that addresses the root causes of the crises that have racked the country.

Mohammed Hassan al Taishi, a member of the Sudan’s Sovereign Council, told South Sudan in Focus that Hamdok’s decision to sign the document was backed by the government but an official statement will come later.

“There’s a joint statement to explain what was signed between the two of them. … But in terms of an official statement, that needs some consultations. By tomorrow morning I should be able to give you [that],” said al Taishi.

The agreement is an important step toward achieving lasting peace in the country, according to Mohammed Ali Fazari, editor in chief of the online English newspaper, Khartoum Today.

“It is considered to be a great step forward because peace efforts are one of the top priorities of the Sudanese government and it was one of the most important issues based on the transitional tasks of the government. So, what happened in Addis Ababa last night is going to be one of the most important successes of Prime Minister Abdallah Hamdok,” said Fazari.

Fazari warned that pro-Islamist political parties will likely criticize the government for agreeing to discuss the relationship between religion and state and the right to self-determination for the South Kordofan and Blue Nile regions, where the SPLM-North has fought the government for years.

“This is a very controversial point within six principles of the declaration. I think this point is going to complicate the situation with the Islamists, who will refuse this and also other parties in the Forces of Freedom and Change government,” he said.

Bashir was ousted by the military in April 2019 after months of mass protests against his rule.  .. Source

3 thoughts on “Sudan’s government agrees to separate religion and state

  1. It was done in Europe formally in 1905. Ever since Europe has galloped on the path of stability and prosperity. More than a century on, we will never do it and will therefore never see stability and prosperity. We are happy with :-

    “Main bhi kafir tooh bhi kafir
    Phoolon ki khushboo bhi kafir
    Lafzon ka jadoo bhi kafir
    Yeh bhi kafir woh bhi kafir
    Faiz bhi aur Minto bhi kafir

    Noor Jahan ka gana kafir
    McDonalds ka khana kafir
    Burger kafir, coke bhi kafir
    Hansna bidat, joke bhi kafir

    Tabla kafir, dhol bhi kafir
    Pyar bharay doh bol bhi kafir
    Sur bhi kafir, taal bhi kafir
    Bhangra, utan, dhamaal bhi kafir
    Dhaadra, thumri, bhairveen kafir
    Kaafi aur khayaal bhi kafir

    Waris Shah ki Heer bhi kafir
    Chaahat ki zanjir bhi kafir
    Zinda murda pir bhi kafir
    Nazar nayaz ki kheer bhi kafir
    Betay ka basta bhi kafir
    Beti ki gurya bhi kafir

    Hansna rona kufr ka soda
    Ghum kafir, Khoshiyaan bhi kafir
    Jeans bhi aur guitar bhi kafir
    Takhnon say neechay baandho toh
    Apnee yeh shalwar bhi kafir
    Fun bhi aur funkaar bhi kafir
    Joh meri dhamki nah chaapayn
    Woh saaray akhbaar bhi kafir

    University kay andar kafir
    Darwin bhai ka bandar kafir
    Freud parhaanay walay kafir
    Marx kay sab matwaalay kafir
    Melay thelay kufr ka dhanda
    Gaanay baajay saaray phanda..”
    – Salman Haider.

  2. Before the British the sub continent was an example of peace and harmony and mutual co-existence irrespective of religion ,ethnicity , color or creed

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