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Sudan’s former PM Sadiq al-Mahdi dies of corona

27 November, 2020 12:00 AM printer

KHARTOUM: Sudan’s former prime minister and top opposition figure Sadiq al-Mahdi has died from a coronavirus infection, his party said, reports AFP.

The 84-year-old, Sudan’s last democratically elected prime minister, died on Thursday, said the moderate Islamist National Umma Party.

Mahdi was transferred to the United Arab Emirates for treatment three weeks ago after being hospitalised in Sudan and testing positive for Covid-19. “We offer our condolences to the Sudanese people over his death,” the party said in a statement. The government on Friday declared three days of national mourning for the former premier.

Sudan has recorded nearly 17,000 coronavirus cases including more than 1,200 deaths. Mahdi was toppled in 1989 by now-ousted president Omar al-Bashir in an Islamist-backed military coup.