Omar al-Bashir

President of Sudan Omar al-Bashir Full Name: Omar al-Bashir
Nationality: Sudanese

Profession: President of Sudan
Why Famous: al-Bashir came to power in Sudan after leading a group of military officers in a coup in 1989, then went on to win three controversial and allegedly corrupted elections. In 2009 he became the first sitting president to be indicted by the International Criminal Court over war crimes in Darfur.

His government oversaw negotiations with South Sudan that led to that state becoming independent in 2011. The war in Darfur fought by his government is accused of being genocidal, with around 200-400,000 people dead and over 2 million people displaced.

His indictment at the ICC is opposed by the African Union, the League of Arab States, the Non-Aligned Movement and the governments of Russia and China. Sudan does not recognize the ICC.

Born: January 1, 1944 (74 years old)
Star Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: Hosh Bannaga, Sudan

Historical Events in the Life of Omar al-Bashir

  • 1993-10-16 General Omar al-Bashir appointed Sudan president

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