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Babiker Awadalla
Babiker Awadalla
Babiker Awadalla in the 1960s.
Birth: 2 March 1917
Gitena, White Nile State, Anglo-Egyptian Sudan (now Sudan)
Death: 17 January 2019
Dublin, Ireland
Age: 101 years, 321 days
Country: SudanSUDIreland IRL
Centenarian

Babiker Awadalla (2 March 1917 – 17 January 2019) was a Sudanese centenarian and Arab nationalist politician.

Biography

Babiker Awadalla was born in Gitena, White Nile State, Anglo-Egyptian Sudan on 2 March 1917. In 1940, he graduated from the Gordon Memorial College law school. Awadalla held the position of Speaker of the lower house of the Sudanese legislature from 1954 to 1957. In 1964, he provided the drive to start the October Revolution by siding against the military in charge of Sudan. After the revolution, he became Sudan's Chief Justice in 1964. In 1967, Awadalla resigned from his position as Chief Justice in protest of the government's refusal to reinstate the Sudanese Communist Party, which the nation's courts had held to be unconstitutionally banned from parliament. Later he was Prime Minister of Sudan from 25 May 1969 to 27 October 1969. During a General Assembly meeting on 23 September 1969, Awadalla warned that the United States's decision of supporting Israel during the Arab-Israel conflict could provoke the use of nuclear weapons in the Middle East.

Awadalla was part of the coup of May 1969 that started Gaafar Nimeiry's presidency. In Gaafar Nimeiry's military cabinet, Awadalla was the only civilian member on the National Revolutionary Command Council. Awadalla was selected as both Prime Minister and Foreign Minister on 25 May 1969. His position as Prime Minister ended on 27 October 1969 and he kept his position as Foreign Minister of Sudan until 1971. After finishing his previous positions, Awadalla held the positions of Deputy Prime Minister and Justice Minister in 1971. Next he was Vice President of Sudan from 1972 to 1973.

After 1972, Awadalla moved to Egypt, and later Dublin, Ireland, where he died of natural causes on 17 January 2019, at the age of 101 years, 321 days.[1][2][3]

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