Former Prime Minister of Sudan and the top opposition figure Sadiq al-Mahdi passed away on November 26, of Coronavirus infection. His party confirmed the news of his demise and issued a statement saying, “We offer our condolences to the Sudanese people over his death.”
Before been toppled by now-ousted President Omar al-Bashir in 1989 in an Islamist-backed military coup, the 84-year-old was the country’s last democratically elected Prime Minister. Having been a staunch opposition figure during Bashir’s long rule, Mahdi threw his weight behind a mass-protest movement that eventually prompted the military to overthrow the President in 2019. Bashir has been jailed in Khartoum’s high security Kober prison since his ouster and was found guilty of corruption, last year.