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Vol 41 No 20

Published 13th October 2000


Sudan

Duel in Khartoum

The National Islamic Front still gets foreign mileage from the much hyped dispute between President Omer el Beshir and chief ideologue Hassan el Turabi. At home, the quarrel has taken on its own momentum and threatens the Islamist government. A quick survey of some key dates shows: no ideological gap between the two; an attempt to show Omer as traditional military ruler to Turabi's fanatic; the NIF hardcore is with Omer (in effect, their figurehead); a real power-struggle (AC passim) was highly stage-managed; and, unused to such subtleties, an angry factionalised NIF rank-and-file is causing real problems.

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