Sudan's transitional government announced Friday it overturned a moral policing law that criminalized revealing clothing for women and drinking alcohol and moved to dissolve the country's former ruling party, fulfilling two major demands from the country's pro-democracy protesters.
The country's new ruling sovereign council and the cabinet led by Prime Minister Abdalla Hamdok made the decision to dissolve the party, approving a law titled "Dismantling of the regime of 30th June 1989".
"The National Congress Party is dissolved and its registration is cancelled from the list of political parties in Sudan", the decree said, adding that a committee would be formed to confiscate all its assets.
Mr Hamdok said on Twitter that the measure was not an act of revenge, but was rather aimed at preserving the "dignity of the Sudanese people".
According to the new law, members of al-Bashir's old party are barred from seeking an elective position in the next 10 years.
"We passed this law in a joint meeting with our partners in the Sovereign Council to take its full legitimacy", he further stressed.
Demonstrators flooded the streets in Khartoum in celebration of the new law, which also repeals a public order act used to regulate women's dress and behavior.
Bashir and the NCP had ruled Sudan with an iron fist since he seized power in 1989 by overthrowing the elected government of prime minister Sadiq al-Mahdi.
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"It is an important step on the path to building a democratic civilian state", the group said in a statement.
Rights activists say thousands of women were arrested and flogged for indecency every year, and laws were applied arbitrarily.
Protests broke out against the government of President Bashir in December 2018 and quickly became a national movement against the regime that eventually led to his dismissal.
Women were at the forefront of the movement that toppled Mr Bashir.
Hamdok's government was formed in September after a power-sharing deal between anti-Bashir groups and the Transitional Military Council that ruled the country immediately after Bashir's overthrow.
Bashir is being held in a prison in Khartoum facing trial on charges of corruption.
Also, it authorized the sack of the government and public institutions and enterprises from the elements of the banned party, opening the door for a purge have claimed by the revolution supporters since the collapse of the former regime in April 2019.