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Ali Osman Taha resigned as Vice President of Sudan

Dec 8, 2013 12:12 IST

Ali Osman Taha, the Vice President of Sudan resigned to pave way for the new Government. His resignation was announced by the Sudanese President, Omar al-Bashir in Khartoum on 7 December 2013. He resigned and vacated his office at the presidency ahead of his cabinet reshuffle.

Taha has been replaced by Lieutenant General Bakri Hassan Saleh. The second Vice President selected is Hasbo Mohamed Abdulrahman and the parliament head is Alfateh Ezziddin.

Taha has been the first Vice President of Sudan, the second highest political party. He was the main negotiator of Sudan's Comprehensive Peace Agreement in 2005, which led to the end of Sudanese Civil War.

About Ali Osman Taha
• Taha led the National Islamic Front Party that backed the coup of 1989, which installed Bashir and since he has been a member of the National Congress Party (NCP)
• He stepped down from the position of Vice President for rebel leader John Garang in 2005. But Garang died in a helicopter crash a month later. After his death Taha continued as the second Vice-President
• From 1995 to 1998 he was Minister of Foreign Affairs
• From 1998 to August 2005, he served as the first Vice President and Second Vice President from 2005 August to July 2011
• He entered politics as a member of Sudan's parliament in the 1980s
• From 2003 to 2004 he was responsible for handling the Darfur crisis

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