Sudan’s Former Prime Minister Sadiq Al-Mahdi Dies Of COVID-19

Former Sudanese Prime Minister Sadiq al-Mahdi, pictured in Feb. 2020, died after being contaminated by the coronavirus.

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Former Sudanese Prime Minister Sadiq al-Mahdi, imagined in Feb. 2020, passed away after being infected by the coronavirus.

Marwan Ali/AP

Sadiq al-Mahdi was 84.

He died in health center in the United Arab Emirates, where he was getting treatment after ending up being infected with the coronavirus, the National Umma Party, which he led till his death, announced Thursday.

Sudans last democratically elected prime minister has died of COVID-19-related problems, his celebration revealed early Thursday.

Al-Mahdi was prime minister briefly in the mid-60s and again in the 80s prior to he was toppled in a Islamist-backed military coup in 1989, paving the path for President Omar Al-Bashirs increase to power. Al-Bashirs autocratic guideline lasted three decades before he himself was deposed in a coup in 2015.

As recently as October, al-Mahdi knocked President Trump for brokering an offer for Sudan to begin stabilizing ties with Israel, saying that such an agreement “contributes to the elimination of the peace task in the Middle East and to preparing for the ignition of a new war.”

After being dislodged of office, al-Mahdi remained a leading political leader in Sudan.