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Bashir says committed to Islamic state in Sudan

March 6, 2010 (KHARTOUM) — Sudanese President Omer Al-Bashir, and leader of National Congress Party (NCP) has reiterated today his commitment to maintain Islamic legislations in the country and rejected calls for a secular state.

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Sudanese President Omer Hassan Al-Bashir (AFP)

The incumbent President Al-Bashir who campaigns for his reelection was addressing scholars and leaders of Islamic brotherhoods in Khartoum on Saturday. The issue of Sharia laws is presented as a theme against the SPLM candidate Yasir Arman who calls for its cancellation in order to maintain Sudan’s unity.

Presidential adviser Salah Gosh on Saturday in a speech made in Al Suki, Northern state, attacked opposition parties saying they agreed in Juba to abolish the Islamic laws. He also accused them of using the electoral campaign to advertise for a new secular state.

The NCP runner for Sudan president reaffirmed his commitment to the Islamic laws and the empowerment of the Islamic religion in the countr.; He further scoffed at the proposal of some political parties calling for the establishment of a secular, state and the abolition of the Public Order Act.

Bashir further called on the scholars, preachers and leaders of Sufi brotherhoods to maintaining the Islamic nation and religion by propagating Islam’s principles and precepts among Muslims.

He also commended the efforts of the late President Nimeiri who imposed a harsh and unpopular panel law in September 1983.

"Whatever we disagree with (Nimeiri) him politically, but we stress that he fought against the underworld and bars," Bashir said about the former Sudanese president who applied the Islamic law for the first time since the independence in 1956.

Arman denied recently NCP allegations that he had called to open bars and houses of prostitution he also said that the ruling party is using religion in politics but not really apply it.

"What is happening now is the use of religion in politics, and that has affected Islam," said Arman in a statement posted on his blog.

(ST)