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Sudanese defense minister dies in Juba

Author: Alhadi Hawari | Published: Wednesday, March 25, 2020

Lt Gen Jamaleldin Omar | Credit | File photo

Lt Gen Jamal el-Din Omar, the Sudanese minister of defense, died of a heart attack in Juba on Wednesday morning, an official has announced.

Omar was a participant in peace negotiations between the government and armed movements in South Sudanese capital.

He was a member of the Sovereign Council that took power under a 39-month power-sharing deal with a civilian government after the toppling of former president Omar al-Bashir in 2019.

“His unfortunate passing on is a great loss to the people of the Sudan and South Sudan,” partly reads a statement posted on the presidential Facebook page.

“The government of South Sudan also passes its sincere condolences and sympathies to the family, relatives and friends of Gen Jamal. May God almighty give them strength and courage at this difficult movement of bereavement.”

The body of the late is expected to be flown to Khartoum for burial today.

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