BREAKING: Former Sudanese President dies in Riyadh aged 83

Former Sudanese President Abdulrahman Siwar Al-Dahab (File/Supplied/Nyamilepedia)

October 18th 2018 (Nyamilepedia) – Former Sudanese President, Field Marshal Abdul Rahman Siwar Al Dahab, died on Thursday at a Saudi Military Hospital in Riyadh, the Sudanese President, Omar Hassan Ahmed Al-Bashir announced on Thursday.

Dahab, who led a military coup in 1985 against then dictator Mohamed Nimeiri and paved way for democracy, was 83 according to the official Sudan News Agency.

Al Dahad became president of Sudan on April 6, 1985 following a coup that ousted President Jaafar Numairi, a long time dictator that introduced the Islamic Sharia Law also know as in Sudan September Law.

Following elections in 1986, he passed power to the government of Sadiq Al Mahdi who was later hosted in a bloodlest coup by the incumbent Omar Hassan Ahmed Al-Bashir three years later. In 1987, he became Chairman of the Islamic Call Organisation.

Described as a military man without any political ambitions, Siwar Al Dahab was born in 1934 in the city of Omdurman. He entered a military academy when he was 20 and graduated four years later as a second lieutenant.

After several military postings in Sudan and abroad, he was named in 1984 defence minister and chief of staff of Sudan’s 60,000-man army.

Before Dahab took over power from him, Nimeri had promised to hold elections in a year’s time, a pledge few believed in a country exhausted by civil war.