NUSADAILY.COM – JAKARTA – Former Sudanese prime minister Sadiq al-Mahdi died after being infected with the corona virus. Prior to his death, Mahdi was undergoing three weeks of treatment in a hospital in the United Arab Emirates (UAE), family sources and party statements said Thursday morning.
Sadiq al-Mahdi, 84, is the last democratically elected prime minister in Sudan and was ousted in 1989 in a military coup that brought former president Omar al-Bashir to power.
Mahdi leads the moderate Umma Islam party and remains an influential figure, even after Bashir was ousted in April 2019.
In October, the family said al-Mahdi tested positive for COVID-19, and was transferred to the UAE for treatment a few days later, after being admitted to a hospital in Sudan.
Family Members are also Positive
Several family members and prominent party officials have also tested positive for COVID-19.
Mahdi returned to Sudan in December 2018 after a year of exile, just as protests over deteriorating economic conditions and Bashir’s rule heated up.
His daughter Mariam Sadiq al-Mahdi, deputy leader of the Umma Party, was among those detained during the demonstration.
After the military forced Bashir from power, Mahdi pushed for a change to civilian government. In an interview with Reuters, he warned about the risk of a retaliatory coup and called for a powerful paramilitary Rapid Support Force (RSF) to be integrated.
The Sudanese government arrested Mahdi in 2014 and accused him of abetting armed rebels, a charge punishable by death, led him to seek refuge in Cairo. (Mic)