Sudan's leading Islamic ideologue, under house arrest, is hospitalized

Posted: Friday, April 05, 2002

KHARTOUM, Sudan (AP) -- The former speaker of the Sudanese parliament -- Muslim opposition leader Hassan Turabi -- has been hospitalized for dehydration, his wife said.

Turabi has been under house arrest since early last year, after he forged a political alliance with the People's Liberation Army, the rebel southern force that opposes Muslim-dominated rule in Sudan.

Turabi was regarded as the government's chief Islamic ideologue and mastermind of the 1989 military coup that brought President Omar el-Bashir to power. He was also the speaker of parliament, but fell out with el-Bashir in a 2000 power struggle.

More than 2 million people have died in fighting and related famines since the Sudanese civil war began in 1983.

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