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President of Sudan

Omar al-BashirOmar al-Bashir

Date of Birth: 1 January 1944
Birth Place: Hosh Bannaga, Sudan
Political Party: National Congress Party
Arrival in Power: 16 October 1993
Religion: Sunni Islam
Profession: NA


Omar al-Bashir was born in Hosh Bannaga, Sudan, in 1944. He is the current President of Sudan. He studied at the Egyptian Military Academy and also the Sudan Military Academy. He joined the Sudanese Army in 1960. He served in the Yom Kippur War in 1973, on behalf of the Egyptian Army. He eventually rose to the rank of Brigadier General and led a military coup which saw him took power in 1989. He has been the President of Sudan ever since. During his time in power the Second Sudanese Civil War took place, as well as the crisis in Darfur. In 2008 the International Criminal Court issued an arrest warrant against al-Bashir, so he could stand trial for his involvement in the massacres that took place in his country under his rule. He has yet to submit himself to the ICC and it is very unlikely he will ever do so.

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Updated on: December 30, 2011