Sudan vice-president sacked

Sudanese President Umar al-Bashir has fired his vice-president without giving a reason.

    President al-Bashir came to power in a 1989 coup

    Palace sources said

     Mubarak al-Fadil al-Mahdi, who served as al-Bahir's


    vice-president, was sacked on Wednesday.

    Al-Mahdi took office almost two years ago after having led a

    breakaway group from the mainstream opposition Umma party


    He and a group of rebel Umma party officials returned

    to Sudan from exile and accepted ministerial portfolios, including

    the information and international cooperation posts.

    He was interior minister in the country's democratically-elected

    government that was toppled by al-Bashir in a 1989 bloodless coup.

    Wednesday's presidential decree targeted only al-Mahdi without

    mentioning his colleagues.



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