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Sudan's Sadiq al-Mahdi Dies from Coronavirus

Sudan's Sadiq al-Mahdi Dies from Coronavirus

Thursday, 26 November, 2020 - 04:45
National Umma Party leader Sadiq al-Mahdi. Reuters file photo

Sudan's leader of the National Umma Party and former prime minister Sadiq al-Mahdi died from a coronavirus infection on Thursday, his party said.

The 84-year-old was transferred to the United Arab Emirates for treatment three weeks ago after being hospitalized in Sudan and testing positive for the Covid-19 disease.

"We offer our condolences to the Sudanese people over his death," the party said in a statement.

It added that Mahdi would be buried on Friday morning in the city of Omdurman in Sudan.

Sudan has so far recorded nearly 17,000 coronavirus cases including more than 1,200 deaths.

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