Sadiq Al Mahdi
Former Sudanese Prime Minister Sadiq al-Mahdi, pictured in Feb. 2020, died after being infected by the coronavirus. Marwan Ali/AP

Sudan’s former Prime Minister and leader of the National Umma Party (NUP) Sadiq al-Mahdi has died from the novel coronavirus, the NUP announced in a statement early Thursday.

Al-Mahdi, aged 84, was flown to the United Arab Emirates to receive treatment after he tested positive for COVID-19 earlier this month, but his condition deteriorated during the past hours and died there from an acute pneumonia due to complications of the virus. Al-Mahdi was born in December 1935 in Sudan’s Omdurman city. He served as Sudan’s prime minister during 1966-1967 and 1986-1989.

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