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|6th President of Sudan|
6 May 1986 – 30 June 1989
|Preceded by||Abdel Rahman Swar al-Dahab|
|Succeeded by||Omar al-Bashir|
August 16, 1941|
|Died||November 2, 2008
|Political party||Democratic Unionist Party|
(Al-sayyid) Ahmad Ali Al-Mirghani (Arabic: أحمد الميرغني, 16 August 1941, North Khartoum – November 2, 2008) was the President of Sudan from May 6, 1986 to June 30, 1989, when the democratically elected government was toppled by a military coup led by the current President Omar al-Bashir.
Al-Mirghani was the scion of the venerated Mirghani family of Sudan and the great-great grandson of Al Sayyid Mohammed Uthman al-Mirghani al-Khatim. He graduated with a First class degree from the University of London and returned to Sudan. He progressed through a professional career until the elections of 1986 when he was elected as the President of the country. He played a major role in convincing King Faisal of Saudi Arabia to travel and meet President Naser of Egypt in Sudan in the famous 1967 Khartoum summit.
Following the coup Al-Mirghani lived in Alexandria, Egypt. He returned to Sudan shortly before his death and lobbied for peace on the War in Darfur. He actively worked on the Darfur file and was chosen as the head of the Darfur Circle in the Democratic Unionist Party. His final trip abroad was to Libya where he held a number of meetings with the rebel groups and the Libyan leadership regarding the solutions to the Western Sudan problem.
Al-Mirghani perished in Egypt on November 2, 2008 at the age of 67. Several Sudanese politicians including the president travelled to the Mirghani base in Khartoum to mourn the former president. His body was flown to Khartoum on November 5, and his funeral was held there on the same day. The funeral procession travelled from the airport in the south of the capital Khartoum through the city streets to the north of the capital, where he was buried.