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Northern Christians fear tougher shariah if south secedes

Reuters/Goran Tomasevic

President Omar al-Beshir has said that shariah law would be the only source of the next constitution. Shariah has been the law of the land since the Islamists took power in 1983. Reverend Doctor Samuel Kobia, the World Council of Churches’ special envoy to Sudan, fears that the ruling National Congress Party could take shariah to further heights if south Sudan votes for secession. Ibrahim Ghandur, the political secretary of the National Congress Party, meanwhile, says shariah is not negotiable

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