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November 5, 2008 (KHARTOUM) — Tens of thousands of Sudanese mourners lined the streets of Khartoum Wednesday for the funeral of a former president in a potent show of strength for one of Sudan’s strongest opposition parties.

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Opposition leader Mohamed Osman al-Mirghani (L) and VP Ali Osman Taha (2nd L), stand over the coffin of Sudan’s former president, Ahmed al-Mirghani, upon its arrival at Khartoum airport, Nov 5, 2008 (AFP)

Ahmed Al-Mirghani who was latest democratically designated president of Sudan from 1986 to 1989, died on Sunday in the Egyptian coastal city of Alexandria, where he had lived.

Draped in the Sudanese flag, Mirghani’s coffin was carried on the shoulders of military officers, saluted by an honour guard and received by Vice President Ali Osman Taha at Khartoum airport after being flown from Egypt.

The body of Ahmed Al-Mirghani arrived today in Khartoum and was transportrd to the family crypt in the Khartoum North where it was buried.

The funeral also saw the return of Mohamed Osman Al-Mirghani, leader of the Democratic Unionist Party. Thousands chanted his nickname, Abu Hashim, as they followed the funeral procession from the airport through the city.

This sad occasion was considered by some leaders of the Democratic Unionist Party as an opportunity to speed up the party’s reunification, amid the growing popular disaffection of the embattled President Omer Al-Bashir who also attended the funerals.

The funeral was attended by senior government officials, leaders and prominent figures of the political parties and the Sudanese society, members of the diplomatic corps, leaders of the Sufi sects and Islamic and Christian religious leaders.

(ST)

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  • 6 November 2008 11:34, by messiah

    SOrry!!

    May Almighty God rest your life in peace and be blame for having died as a muslim.

    There is no time for the dead to convert so get converted dear muslims who are biotic.

    Sudan lived in ruin during your time and no shall a child be named after you, get wasted and rot.
    May God inform His people before the world ends.
    Thanks

    Yours Messiah

    repondre message

  • 8 November 2008 23:27, by Kuich waaluak

    May God Bless your soul and rest in eternal life. people should respect the Dead and make no useless comments!!

    repondre message

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