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Sudanese PM expelled from prominent feminist’s funeral

Sudanese Prime Minister, Bakri Hassan Saleh [File photo]
Sudanese Prime Minister, Bakri Hassan Saleh [File photo]

Sudanese Prime Minister Bakri Hassan Saleh – and a handful of other officials – were expelled from the funeral of feminist leader Fatima Ahmed Ibrahim, which was held today in the capital Khartoum.

Foreign Minister Ibrahim Ghandour and Khartoum State Governor Abdul-Rahim Mohamed Hussein were also reportedly expelled from the event by angry funeral attendees.

Video footage of the incident has been widely circulated on social media by critics of President Omar al-Bashir’s government.

Read: Friends and foes unite to honour Sudan’s first female MP

Thousands of Sudanese took part in the funeral for the late communist feminist leader, who passed away in London last Saturday at the age of 84.

A number of mourners at today’s funeral chanted anti-government slogans demanding “freedom” and “democracy”.

Ibrahim was the recipient of numerous awards — from the UN and other international organisations – for her work promoting feminism.

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Fatima Ahmed Ibrahim, Sudan's first female MP

Fatima Ahmed Ibrahim, Sudan’s first female MP

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