Sudanese Statesman. He served as the 5th President of the Sudan from April 6, 1985 to May 6, 1986. He graduated from the Sudanese Military Academy. He became prominent when he was appointed by President Gaafar Nimeiry first to be Army Chief of Staff, and then Minister of Defense and General Commander of the Armed Forces in 1984. In April of 1985, he assumed power after leading the coup that overthrew Nimeiry. He remained in power until May of 1986 when elections made Sadiq al-Mahdi prime minister. He became chairman of the Islamic Da'wa (Call) Organization in 1987. In 2004, he received the King Faisal International Prize for his service to Islam.
Bio by: Mr. Badger Hawkeye