For the first time in decades will Sudan allow non-muslims to drink alcohol. At the same time, the country has scrapped a law that so far has made it a criminal offence to leave islam.
It informs the Sudanese minister of justice.
Relief comes, a year after the authoritarian leader Omar al-Bashir of sudan was overthrown in the wake of massive protests against his three decades-long regime.
- the Sudan now allows non-muslims to drink alcohol, so long as it does not disturb the peace, and they don't do it in public, says the minister of justice Nasredeen Abdulbari in an interview on state television.
Sudan has a majority muslim population, though a significant christian minority.
Nasredeen Abdulbari informs further, that the government will also decriminalize to convert from islam to another religion.
- Nobody has the right to accuse any person or group to be infidel. This threatens the society's safety and security, and leads to revenge kills, he says.
Many countries with a predominantly muslim population uses islamic laws, which means that it can be punishable by death to leave islam.
Omar al-Bashir, who came to power in a coup in 1989, was allocated in april 2019, after months of demonstrations against the president. The demonstrations broke really loose in december 2018, when the government raised the price of bread.
Prime minister, Abdalla Hamdok took over the governance in Sudan after Omar al-Bashir's case last year.
Hamdok is appointed by a special council consisting of six civilian members and five military leaders. He stands at the head of a three-year transition to civilian rule after al-Bashir's long-standing military government.
The sudanese government has already introduced a number of reforms. Among other things, the government has made female genital mutilation a criminal offence.