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Leading Sudanese opposition figure Sadiq al-Mahdi talks during an interview with Reuters in KhartoumLeading Sudanese opposition figure Sadiq al-Mahdi, Sudan’s last democratically elected prime minister, who was overthrown in 1989 in a bloodless coup by army officer Omar Hassan al-Bashir, talks during an interview with Reuters in Khartoum, Sudan, April 25, 2019. REUTERS/Umit Bektas

By Michael Georgy and Khaled Abdelaziz

KHARTOUM (Reuters) – Sudan could face a counter coup if military rulers and the opposition do not reach agreement on a handover of power to civilians, leading opposition figure and former prime minister Sadiq al-Mahdi said on Thursday.

Mahdi, Sudan’s last democratically elected premier, said hardliners in ousted president Omar Hassan al-Bashir’s National Congress Party (NCP) and its allies in the army would try

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