The last elected prime minister

Sudan bids farewell to Sadiq Al Mahdi

Sudanese mourning Al-Sadiq Al-Mahdi in Khartoum. = AFP

Thousands of Sudanese gathered in the city of Omdurman, yesterday, to participate in the funeral of Sadiq al-Mahdi, the country's last elected prime minister, who died of the Coronavirus at the age of 84.

The mourners wore the traditional color of mourning, which is white in Sudan, and many people hid their faces behind masks.

Tears broke out in the eyes and hands waved the national flag before the funeral prayer at the politician who took over as prime minister twice and remained a central figure in political and spiritual life for more than 50 years.

One of the mourners, Abd al-Rahman al-Zain, told Sudan TV, beating in tears: “Today the icon of tolerance in Sudan is gone. Today a symbol of civil jihad in Sudan has passed away. Agrees ».

The hospitality crews moved among the crowds that gathered in front of the domed shrine in which the body of Al-Sadiq Al-Mahdi will lie, and hand sanitizers were distributed to the mourners as a precaution against the "Covid-19" disease, despite the lack of indications to adhere to the social distancing guidelines.

The editor-in-chief of the electronic newspaper, Al-Change, Rasha Awad, said: “The scenes broadcast on television of the funeral of Sadiq al-Mahdi, despite the health conditions, indicate the extent of popularity and political weight represented by the late Imam.”

"Al-Mahdi was known for his moderation and realistic reading of the Sudanese political arena," she added.

It was far from extremism and extremism.

The absence of a personality of this capacity and of this weight will inevitably weaken the democratic transition process ».


mourners wear the traditional color of mourning, which is white in Sudan.

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