Sudan frees opposition leader

Last week, chief African mediator Thabo Mbeki said that Sudanese President Omar al-Bashir had ordered Ibrahim al-Sheikh's release.

Sudan frees opposition leader

World Bulletin / News Desk

Sudanese authorities on Monday released opposition leader Ibrahim al-Sheikh following a three-month detention.

"Al-Sheikh was released from his prison in Al-Abyad city," Bakri Youssef, spokesman for the Sudanese Congress Party, told Anadolu Agency.

Last week, chief African mediator Thabo Mbeki said that Sudanese President Omar al-Bashir had ordered al-Sheikh's release.

Al-Sheikh was detained in June for criticizing the conduct of Sudanese intelligence agencies in the war against rebels in the western Darfur region.

Another opposition leader, former prime minister Al-Sadek al-Mahdi, was released in June one month after being arrested for similar reasons.

Sudan remains plagued by rifts and conflict between the army and various rebel movements – especially in the country's restive southern and western regions – along with a deteriorating economy.

Earlier this month, Sudanese opposition parties – both those based at home and abroad – agreed to join dialogue talks with the government under a single umbrella.

The agreement, sponsored by Mbeki, was signed in Addis Ababa by representatives of Sudan-based opposition parties and the Sudanese Revolutionary Front (SRF), an umbrella group of Sudanese parties whose leaders are based abroad.

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