Supreme Guide of the Muslim Brotherhood (MB) Mohamed Badie met with the Sadiq Al-Mahdi, former prime minister of Sudan, and current leader of the Sudanese National Umma Party, urging him and the Sudanese people to unite in the face of their challenges.
The Sudanese official congratulated Badie for the results of the presidential elections as well as for the month of Ramadan. Al-Mahdi was prime minister until Sudan’s current President Omar Hassan Al-Bashir ousted him in a 1989 coup. The meeting came as Sudan has been facing turmoil on multiple fronts, including large demonstrations against austerity measures and renewed strife between South Sudan and the north.
In the Thursday meeting held in Badie’s office, the MB’s Supreme Guide told Al-Mahdi about the importance of “upholding the will of the people, because they are the source of power,” said Ikwanweb.
Badie’s statements come at a very tense time for Sudan as it is currently engulfed in turmoil amid crackdowns on pro-democracy protesters who are facing new levels of violence.
According to the non-violent resistance movement in Sudan, Girifna, excessive violence was used against demonstrators, including the use of live ammunition in the city of Nyala in Darfur earlier this week, which left 12 students dead and 80 others injured.
Following the onset of protests in Egypt and Tunisia last year, protests in Sudan have appeared sporadically over the past year and a half. The scale of the most recent protests are unprecedented and have expanded to include efforts to remove President Omar Hassan Al-Bashir, who has been in power in Sudan since 1989. Bashir promised a ‘burning hot summer’ for protesters who defied the rule of law.