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Sudanese troops have arrested ousted Prime Minister Sadek Mahdi, an army spokesman announced. Col. Hassan Dahawy said that Mahdi was arrested at a friend’s house in Khartoum, Sudan’s capital, and taken to the armed forces general command headquarters. The 53-year-old Madhi, who had ruled since he was elected in May, 1986, was overthrown in a June 30 coup led by Lt. Gen. Omar Hassan Ahmed Bashir. Bashir has said that Madhi and politicians associated with his government will be tried before emergency tribunals. The new leader said his first priority for reform is fighting corruption.


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