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Gaafar Nimeiry

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Gaafar Muhammad an-Nimeiry (otherwise known as Jaafar Nimeiry, Gaafar Nimeiry or Ga'far Muhammad an-Numayri; born 1 January 1930) of the Danagla tribe was a Sudanese military leader and political figure. He served as the President of Sudan from 25 May 1969 until he was overthrown by his defence minister on 6 April1985.

Nimeiry was born in Wad Nubawi, in the city of Omdurman.

During his reign in 1972, he negotiated the Addis Ababa Agreement with southern rebels, leading to a cessation of the north-south civil war that had raged since 1955. A degree of self-rule was given to the south, leading to a ten years hiatus in that civil war.

After spending several years in exile in Egypt, Nimeiri returned to Sudan in 1999.

His party The Alliance of the Peoples' Working Forces recently merged with the ruling National Congress Party of Sudan.


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