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Sudan’s ruling government recognizes Christmas as an official holiday for the nation’s 5% Christians

Written By New Nigerian Politics (African Bureau) – Sudan, a predominantly Muslim country, has finally recognized Christmas as an official holiday. Sudan cancelled Christmas as a holiday when South Sudan, a predominantly Christian country, gained independence in 2011. With the overthrow of longtime dictator Bashir, the ruling council decided it was time to recognize the holiday for the country’s Christians who number only 5% of the population with the independence of South Sudan.

The minister of religious affairs stated that it was not about religion, but about being Sudanese. The ruling interim government has even appointed a Coptic Christian to a powerful position in a show of reconciliation and equality. With the progressive actions of the new ruling government, the country has been delisted from the United States list of countries that suppress religious freedom. It has been on that list for 20 years. While Sudan, a predominantly Muslim country has been delisted, Christian-majority Nigeria has just recently been included on that list with the persecution and massacre of Christians in the country by Fulani Muslims herdsmen with little to nothing being done by the Buhari-led government to address the situation.

– NNP News

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