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Islamists in Sudan call for toppling government over penal code amendments


July 12 2020 (KHARTOUM) - Angry Islamist clerics in Sudan took to social media platforms following the announcement by the government that several amendments to the penal code were ratified by the Transitional Sovereignty Council (TSC).

Mohamed Ali al-Juzooli (Right)
Abdel-Hay Youssef (Top left)
Al-Tayeb Mustafa (Bottom left)

Among the most notable changes made were the repeal of the death penalty for apostasy, criminalizing Female Genital Mutilation (FGM) and allowing the consumption of alcohol by non-Muslims.

Moreover, Sudanese women will no longer be required to obtain a permit from male family members to travel with their children.

Sudanese Justice Minister Nasredeen Abdulbari said in a TV interview last night that the government "cancelled article 126 of the Sudanese penal code to ensure religious freedom and the equality in citizenship and rule of law".

"All these changes are aimed at achieving equality in front of the laws. We dropped all articles that caused any kind of discrimination. We ensure our people that the legal reforms will continue until we scrap all laws violating human rights in Sudan" he added.

Abdel-Hay Youssef, the ultraconservative preacher, fired a series of tweets on Sunday in which he slammed the TSC chairman Abdel-Fatah al-Burhan and his deputy Mohamed Hamdan Daglo (Hemedti).

"The issuance of amendments to the criminal law confirms to every fair [person] what those concerned said long ago that this government came as a war against virtues, and aggression against the nation’s religion and identity," said the cleric who is believed to be in self-exile in Turkey.

Youssef called on the army and other uniformed units to step in "to defend the law of God" adding that Burhan and Hemedti "betrayed God and his messenger".

"Uprooting this obscene government is a mandatory duty & obligation of every capable person," he added.

The head of state of Law & Development Party (LDP) Mohamed Ali al-Juzooli echoed the call in statements he posted on his Facebook page attributed to LDP urging the armed forces to make a move and remove the government and called the latter a "foreign project".

Mohamed Abdel-Kareem, another Salafist figure, called for demonstrations next Friday to protest these amendments.

The head of the Just Peace Forum (JPF) al-Tayeb Mustafa said this government came "to fight God & his Messenger" and described all the cabinet ministers as "anti-Islam secularists and communists".

He said they will work to remove these amendments and eject the government.

The current transitional government of prime minister Abdulla Hamdok took over from deposed president Omer Hassan al-Bashir who came to power in 1989 in an alliance with Islamists and used the next 30 years to enforce strict Islamic laws.


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  • 13 July 2020 10:01, by Fathi

    These guys need to give it a rest. Their days are numbered. It’s about time they’re all declared terrorist by the state. Abdel-Hay Youssef the Osama bin Laden sympathizer, al-Juzooli an actual terrorist and ISIS sympathizer, Al-Tayeb Mustafa who is Bashir’s uncle and has links to terrorist should all be thrown in jail & hung.

    • 13 July 2020 10:03, by Fathi

      Cancel the Suakin deal with Turkey if they don’t extradite Abdel-Hay Youssef.

    • 13 July 2020 21:43, by IIIIIIIIII

      Ridiculous ideas such as the ones shared by fathi will do nothing but make the country worse off then it already is.

      • 14 July 2020 05:18, by Khent


        Can you specify what you disagree with and why?

      • 15 July 2020 09:00, by Fathi


        You think it’s ridiculous to demand Turkey extradite a terrorist supporting sheikh? The Suakin deal isn’t going to help Sudan by much. I would rather have the gov develop it later on instead of leasing it for 100 years to Turkey and Qatar lol.

        • 15 July 2020 14:54, by IIIIIIIIII

          First of all, the government’s arrest warrant clearly contradicts their newly made ’freedom of speech’. Criticising a goverment law is not ’hate speech’ it’s just an excuse by the government to shut up whoever they want. Much like Basheer. Merely being a quote on quote ’terrorist sympaphiser’ is not enough to get someone arrested - take America for example, housing the leader of a terrorist organi

          • 15 July 2020 14:55, by IIIIIIIIII

            isation and refusing to extradite him to Turkey. Turkey is the best thing that has happened to Sudan in decades (their trade deals which lead to products from Turkey being extremely cheap in a time where Sudanese products are rising in price by the day), wanting to endanger international deals over something so petty is outrageous; he’s not worth it.

            • 16 July 2020 12:58, by Fathi

              I understand your point about freedom of speech. My position is due to previous statements made by these preachers that were pro-ISIS and pro-Osama bin Laden. Fethullah Gulen isn’t deemed a terrorist in the US while ISIS and Osama are by every country in the world...

              • 16 July 2020 13:07, by Fathi

                Their trade deals leave us with a huge trade deficit. The Suakin deal is a 99 year lease for 4 billion.

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