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Vol 57 No 6

Published 18th March 2016


The power struggle after Hassan el Turabi

Ideological rivals and political foes are trying to exploit the death of the architect of Sudanese Islamism

When Hassan Abdullah el Turabi, the man who had presided over the Islamist movement in his country for five decades, died on 5 March, his dream of a Sudanese Islamic state may have died with him. 'With El Turabi's death, the Muslim Brotherhood is finished in Sudan', said one opposition politician. 'The Islamist movement is in a tailspin', said another. However, the immediate beneficiary of El Turabi's demise is President Omer Hassan Ahmed el Beshir whose status as national leader faces no direct challenge from within the regime and among its acolytes.

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