Former Prime Minister Sadiq al-Mahdi Of Sudan dies of coronavirus
Former Prime Minister Sadiq al-Mahdi Of Sudan dies of coronavirus

CAIRO: Lately, Sadiq al-Mahdi the last elected democratical prime minister died of coronavirus at a hospital in the United Arab Emirates. He died at the age of 84. He was taken to Abu Dhabi for treatment in early November but unfortunately, he couldn't make it. 

The leader of Sudan's largest political party was announced coronavirus positive on October 29. National Ummah Party tweeted, the leader's body is expected to arrive in Sudan for burial on Friday morning. Al-Mahdi was defeated in the year 1989 Islamist-backed coup that brought longtime dictator Omar al-Bashir to power. Al-Mahdi's party allied with Sudan's pro-democracy to overthrow al-Bashir in April 2019. The country Sudan has since been ruled by a transitional military-civilian government. The next elections could possibly be held in late 2022. Al-Mahdi was one of the strongest opponents of Sudan's recent normalization of ties with Israel. He dismissed it as “an apartheid state” over its treatment of the Palestinians. 

The grandson of Mohammad Ahmad al-Mahdi was a religious leader whose movement waged a successful war against Egyptian-Ottoman rule in Sudan in the second half of the nineteenth century. He also accused US President Donald Trump of being racist against Muslims and Black people. The veteran politician was jailed several times and forced into self-exile for years.

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