Sadiq al-Mahdi, Sudan former prime minister, dies of virus

CAIRO (AP) — Sadiq al-Mahdi, Sudan’s last democratically elected prime minister and leader of the country’s largest political party, died of COVID-19 on Thursday in a hospital in the United Arab Emirates (UAE), his party said. He was 84.

Al-Mahdi was taken to Abu Dhabi for treatment in early November. His body arrived in Sudan for burial yesterday morning, the National Ummah Party tweeted. It had announced al-Mahdi tested positive for the coronavirus on October 29.

Al-Mahdi was overthrown in a 1989 coup that brought longtime autocrat Omar al-Bashir to power.

Al-Mahdi’s party allied with Sudan’s pro-democracy uprising that led the military to overthrow al-Bashir in April 2019.