Sudan to reinforce shari'ah law - Bashir

2010-12-19 20:32

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Khartoum - Sudanese President Omar al-Bashir said on Sunday that the country's north will reinforce its Islamic law after a referendum expected to grant independence to the south.

"If South Sudan secedes, we'll change the constitution. There will be no question of cultural or ethnic diversity. Shari'ah will be the only source of the constitution, and Arabic the only official language," Bashir said in a speech aired on national television.

Southerners are set to vote in a referendum on January 9 on whether to remain united with the north or break away and form their own country.

The vote is a key plank of the 2005 Comprehensive Peace Agreement between the mainly Muslim north and predominantly Christian south that put an end to more than two decades of civil war.

After the conflict, Bashir's National Congress Party (NCP) and the former southern rebel Sudan People's Liberation Movement (SPLM) agreed on an interim constitution valid until July 2011.

The constitution recognises the "multi-ethnic", "multi-cultural" and "multi-faith" status of the Sudanese state, and is based on both shari'ah, or Islamic law, and the "consensus" of the population.

It also recognises Arabic and English as the two official languages of Africa's largest country, which was formerly under British and Egyptian rule.

In a speech punctuated by religious references, Bashir also defended the way the authorities have dealt with the case of a young woman whose whipping by police appeared in a YouTube video.

A police spokesperson said on Tuesday that 46 women and six men had been arrested for holding an illegal demonstration after the video's release.

"There are people who say they feel ashamed about this sentence. They should review their interpretation of Islam because shari'ah has always stipulated that one must whip, cut, or kill," said Bashir.

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