With attention in the Arab world focused on the civil war in Syria, the proxy battles between Iran and Saudi Arabia, and the upheavals that some called the Arab Spring, it is easy to miss an important regional development. Sudan has been torn by wars between the ruling National Congress and rebels and other parties with grievances.
The Khatmeyyah Order
It is hard to overstate the importance of the presence of the UDP in the government. It is the only Sudanese party ever to rise to power through democratic elections, and never to have taken part in a coup.Dr. Al Khalafalla
The Khatmeyyah Order was founded in the Mid-18th Century, and by the mid-20th Century it supported the National Unionist Party (NUP), the mainstream, secularist union between Sufis and urban citizens that was the ancestor of today’s Unionist Democratic Party UDP. The NUP led Sudan to independence, but its successor, the UDP, was later outlawed by the Communist Numeiri after he seized power in 1969, and again in 1989 by National Congress leader Bashir. Elmirghani went into exile during the Bashir years, and he was a founding member of the opposition to the Bashir government. He returned in 2008, for the funeral of his brother Alsayed Ahmed Elmirghani, the elected president of Sudan from 1986 – 1989.SHOW MORE