Monday, May 17, 2010

Sudan Arrests Opposition Leader

Sudan 'arrests opposition leader'

Sudanese authorities have arrested Islamist opposition leader Hassan al-Turabi, his family and senior members of his party have said.

His wife told the BBC she thought he was arrested for repeating in a newspaper interview his allegation that elections last month were rigged.

President Omar al-Bashir was re-elected with 68% of the vote in Sudan's first multi-party vote in 24 years.

Mr Turabi's party was one of the few opposition groups that took part.

Sudanese officials have not confirmed the arrest.

Mr Turabi was once a close colleague of Mr Bashir but he lost out in a power struggle between the two in 1999.

He has been imprisoned or held under house arrest on several occasions, most recently for about two months early last year.

Story from BBC NEWS:
Published: 2010/05/15 23:29:46 GMT

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