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Sudan Bans Female Genital Mutilation, Allows Non-Muslims to Consume Alcohol

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Sudan is banning female genital mutilation (FGM) and allowing non-Muslims to consume alcohol, the justice minister said late Saturday.

Alcoholic drinks have been banned in Sudan since President Jaafar Nimeiri announced Islamic law in 1983.

According to United Nations estimates, roughly 3% of Sudan’s population is non-Muslim.

Muslims are still banned from drinking alcohol. They usually flog offenders under Islamic law.

Also, under the new policy, women no longer require a permit from male members of their families to travel with their children.

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