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Former Sudanese PM, Sadiq al-Mahdi, dies of COVID-19 at 84

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Former Sudanese Prime Minister Sadiq al-Mahdi has died of coronavirus infection at age 84. His family said he died three weeks after being admitted to hospital in the United Arab Emirates.

Mr. Al-Mahdi was Sudan’s last democratically elected prime minister who was overthrown in 1989 in the military coup that brought former President Omar al-Bashir to power.

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

The family said he tested positive for COVID-19 last month, 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 tomorrow.

SourceAljazeera

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