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Sudan’s former Prime Minister Sadiq al-Mahdi dies of Coronavirus

Khartoum: Former Sudanese Prime Minister Sadiq al-Mahdi has died from a Coronavirus. He was 84.

In a brief statement, al-Mahdi’s family said, he died on Thursday, three weeks after being admitted to hospital in the United Arab Emirates.

Al-Mahdi was Sudan’s last democratically elected Prime Minister and was overthrown in 1989 in the military coup that brought former President Omar al-Bashir to power.

The moderate Umma Party was one of the largest opposition parties under al-Bashir, and al-Mahdi remained an influential figure even after he was toppled.

Last month, al-Mahdi’s family said he had tested positive for Covid-19, and after a few days in hospital in Sudan, he was transferred to the United Arab Emirates for treatment.
In a statement, the Umma Party said al-Mahdi would be buried on Friday morning in the city of Omdurman in Sudan.
“We offer our condolences to the Sudanese people over his death,” the party said.

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