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Vol 43 No 4

Published 22nd February 2002


Sudan

Who's after Ali?

Ali Osman Mohamed Taha, First Vice-President, National Islamic Front (National Congress) leader and the country's most powerful man, is ill. A reported heart attack took him to Jordan and Geneva, Switzerland, for treatment. Though he has apparently recovered ­ he went to Mecca on the Haj last week ­ manoeuvring has started in the NIF. President Omer Hassan Ahmed el Beshir has neither the power-base nor the respect within the party to lead it. Different people may be chosen for the vice-presidency and the NIF leadership, partly to placate other governments. Most likely contenders are civilian but none have the required theological authority; the ability to reconcile factions might compensate for a candidate's apparent political weakness. Here's who's who in the NIF.

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