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State Minister for Justice: laws to be amended by end of current fiscal year

Khartoum, 23 Feb (SUNA)- The State Minister for Justice, Tahni Ali Tour El Dabba, has revealed that her ministry will introduced the required changes in the draft bill and put them before the Council of Ministers and that by the end of the fiscal year all laws would be amended.

The state Minister was speaking before a women forum, organized by the political parties and national forces at the justice tower in Khartoum, stressed that political dialogue has led to the formation of a national accord government in which all political parties are taking part and that 99 percent of the recommendations are being currently implemented.

The forum, was under the theme "the Political forces code".

The minister said political parties have failed to empower women which requires setting a specific presentation for participation and which will be enforced by the law

The minister added that the political practices in the Sudan have become a model to be copied by many of the countries around the country.

She expressed her hope that the meeting would come out with strong recommendations that would poor in the interest of the political parties in the country, stressing that the government has paid due concern to women in all areas.

Tabita Butros Ghali, the Chair of the Forum and the State Minister at the Ministry for Irrigation has underlined that the political activities of the political forces need to be revised and checked, especially with regards to the participation and empowerment of women within the political parties.

She said she hopes to see the gathering come out with strong and realistic recommendations that are solid and well established so as to show where women should be empowered and their role strengthened within the political forces in the country

She said it was her view that the 30 percent quota given to women in the parliament should now be amended and increased as more and more women are taking part in public life and thus their representation has to be increased.

She said the founding membership of a party should be increased from one thousand to two thousand so that the serious political forces could actually take place in the process, through reactivation and registration of suitable number of members.

The Secretary General of the Council for Political Parties ambassador Abdul Rahaman Haidar has meanwhile said the experience of the Sudan with regards to the council was unique, calling on political parties to continue their interaction with the Council

He also stressed that it was imperative to change the law on formation of political parties and that it should be streamlined with the political practice in the country.

He said there are currently some 99 political parties in the country and that another group of 12 political parties have submitted their documents for registration as a legal political party in the country.