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National Islamic Front (Sudan)


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Sudanese political party founded in 1985 by the Sudanese Muslim Brotherhood in collaboration with Jafar al-Numayri. Main supporters are university students and graduates. Took control of the country's Islamic banking system in the 1970s through connections with Saudi Arabia and collaboration with Numayri. Supported implementation of hudud punishments in 1983 as part of an educational process to improve the morals of citizens. After the 1989 coup, enhanced domination of banks, building industry, transport, media, and higher educational institutions. Serves as current state's chief financial institution. Has also successfully infiltrated the army due to its support for soldiers' demands for better pay and equipment. Founded the African Islamic Center to undertake missionary work among the non-Muslim majority in southern Sudan. Published a national charter in 1987, explaining its program for Islamizing the South. Has accepted the right of all citizens, regardless of religion, to hold any public office. Promises freedom of conscience and equality before the law, although it rejects secularism.

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