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World Sudan's former PM Sadiq al-Mahdi dies of coronavirus

06:00  26 november  2020
06:00  26 november  2020 Source:   msn.com

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Two-time former Sudanese Prime Minister Sadiq al - Mahdi has died at the age of 84, Al Arabiya reported on Tuesday evening, citing family sources. Al - Mahdi tested positive for the novel coronavirus (COVID-19) in early November. He passed away in a UAE hospital after his health condition

Mohamed al - Mahdi , Khartoum airport' s director of information, said the airport administration also issued a Al-Tom said his office had submitted recommendations to stringently watch crossings and to Dr. Mohamed Abdallah welcomed the preparation, but feared the coronavirus would overwhelm

Sudan's former prime minister and top opposition figure Sadiq al-Mahdi died from a coronavirus infection on Thursday, his party said.

a man wearing a hat: Sadiq al-Mahdi was Sudan's last democratically elected prime minister before he was toppled in a 1989 coup © Yasuyoshi CHIBA Sadiq al-Mahdi was Sudan's last democratically elected prime minister before he was toppled in a 1989 coup

The 84-year-old was the country's last democratically elected prime minister before he was toppled in 1989 by now-ousted president Omar al-Bashir in an Islamist-backed military coup.

The leader of the moderate Islamist National Umma Party was transferred to the United Arab Emirates for treatment three weeks ago after being hospitalised in Sudan and testing positive for Covid-19.

Grim conditions await Ethiopian refugees in Sudan

  Grim conditions await Ethiopian refugees in Sudan At a sprawling refugee reception centre in Sudan, Ethiopians who fled the deadly Tigray conflict queued haphazardly outside a school-turned-relief facility to receive handouts of food, water and clothing. "I escaped in these clothes and have been in them since I arrived," Babosh Alamshed told AFP on Friday, pointing to his stained red T-shirt and worn-out black trousers. "The war did this to us. We are starving. The help we receive is close to nothing," said the 21-year-old, who arrived in Sudan's "Village 8" transit camp two weeks ago, after a three-day trek.

The leader of Sudan ' s largest opposition party, Sadiq al - Mahdi , called on President Omar al-Bashir's government to heed protesters and resign in an address to supporters at a mosque across Officials say 30 people have died in the protests, while rights groups have put the death toll at more than 40.

Sudanese opposition leader Sadiq al - Mahdi speaks in Khartoum, Sudan , Dec. 19, 2019. | Friday Sudanese opposition leader and former Prime Minister Sadiq al - Mahdi called for the resignation of President Omar al-Bashir, amid the protests that have already claimed the lives of some 30 people.

"We offer our condolences to the Sudanese people over his death," the party said in a statement.

Mahdi was a staunch opposition figure during Bashir's long rule and threw his weight behind a mass-protest movement that eventually prompted the military to overthrow the president last year.


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Since his ouster, Bashir has been jailed in Khartoum's high security Kober prison, and was found guilty last December of corruption.

He is currently on trial in Khartoum for his role in the 1989 coup that brought him to power and the International Criminal Court (ICC) has charged him for alleged war crimes in the Darfur war that began in 2003.

If convicted, Bashir and his co-accused -- including former top officials -- could face the death penalty.

Sudan has so far recorded nearly 17,000 coronavirus cases including more than 1,200 deaths.

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