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In a short statement on social media posted around 01:00, the party announced his death. He died from complications of COVID-19. El Sadig El Mahdi was transferred to the UAE on November 2 after he tested positive for COVID-19 the week before.
Born in 1935, he was the great-grandson of Mohamed Ahmed bin Abdallah, the Mahdi [the Chosen One, the messianic saviour of Islam] who led the Mahdist War in the late 19th century to free Sudan from Anglo-Egyptian rule.
El Sadig El Mahdi was first and foremost a politician who spent most of his political life in the opposition. The NUP leader was prime minister twice, between 1966-1967, and 1986-1989.
Sudan’s Prime Minister Abdalla Hamdouk eulogised El Mahdi in statement via Sudan News Agency (SUNA) this morning, referring to the deceased NUP leader as “a paradigm for democracy and a model for good governance”.
Protestors mark fourth anniversary of detention of Musa Hilal
November 27 - 2020 KHARTOUM / DARFUR Protests calling for the release of former janjaweed leader Musa Hilal, organised by his relatives and supporters, took place in Khartoum and a number of Darfur state capitals last week.
The day marked four years since the detention of Hilal and his supporters, the Revolutionary Awakening Council (RAC), founded in North Darfur in 2014. The protestors marched to the Public Prosecution in Khartoum, calling on the office to intervene to release the detainees.
The memorandum stated that the detention of Musa Hilal and his companions was ordered by ousted president Omar Al Bashir, expressing their surprise that they were not released after the fall of the regime. The statement asked for justification over “all Al Bashir's decisions being cancelled except for the detention of Hilal and members of the RAC.”
Since last year, relatives and supporters of Hilal have been organising vigils and demonstrations in Darfur and Khartoum in protest against the prolonged detention without charge of their leader, his relatives, and his followers.
Surge of lawlessness across the country
December 1 - 2020 DARFUR / KHARTOUM NORTH / KORDOFAN In Saraf Omra, North Darfur, a man was killed by armed robbers on Sunday. In a separate incident, three farmers were injured in an attack by herders. An explosion in Khartoum North left another two people dead.
Polio vaccine campaign launches in Khartoum
Minister: COVID-19 levels ‘highest since May’
Spate of highway robberies in South Kordofan
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