Leader Ousted in 1985 Coup Runs Anew for Sudanese Presidency

Published November 20th, 2000 - 02:00 GMT

Former Sudanese president Jaafer Nimeiri will test his luck in elections for the highest office next month, the fourth challenger to incumbent President Omar al-Beshir. 

The General Electoral Commission Monday announced its approval of Nimeiri's candidacy after he had completed the required formality of producing lists of 1,300 voters from 13 states supporting his nomination. 

Nimeiri first came to power in a military coup in 1969 and ruled the country autocratically for 16 years before he was overthrown in a military coup backed by a popular uprising in 1985. 

He returned to Sudan in May after more than 14 years of self-imposed exile in Egypt and formed his own People's Working Forces Alliance party, which nominated him for the presidency. 

General Beshir, independents Malik Hussein and Mahmoud Ahmed Juha as well as Liberal Democrats party leader Samual Hussein Mansour will also compete in the presidential elections scheduled for December 11-20. 

All opposition parties have declared a boycott of the simultaneous presidential and legislative elections which will be limited to the ruling National Congress and other pro-government parties and personalities -- KHARTOUM (AFP)  




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