WHO IS OMAR EL BASHIR


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  • Written by:

    Dan Mwangi

    dan@mtkenyatimes.co.ke
    In recent days, protests have marked the otherwise peaceful Sudan as citizens demanded the ouster of current president Omar El Bashir over economic downturns and political repression. The violence has cast a glance at Sudan’s President.

    But who is Omar El Bashir?

    Bashir was born into a peasant family that later moved to Khartoum , where he received his secondary education; he then joined the army. He studied at a military college in Cairo and fought in 1973 with the Egyptian army against Israel. Returning to Sudan and he was promoted in rank successively. Bashir, frustrated with the country’s leadership, led a successful coup in 1989.

    He then became chairman of the Revolutionary Command Council for National Salvation, which ruled the country. Bashir dissolved the parliament, banned political parties, and strictly controlled the press. He was supported by Hasan al-Turabi , a Muslim extremist and leader of the National Islamic Front (NIF). Together they began to Islamize the country, and in March 1991 Islamic law (Sharīʿah ) was introduced. This move further emphasized the division between the north and the mainly animist and Christian south.

    In October 1993 the Revolutionary Council was disbanded, and Bashir……Subscribe to Readmore………

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