Abdel Rahman Swar al-Dahab

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Abdel Rahman Suwar al-Dahab (Abdel Rahman Swareldahab)
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5th President of the Sudan
In office
6 April 1985 – 6 May 1986
Preceded byGaafar Nimeiry
Succeeded byAhmad al-Mirghani
Personal details
Born1934 (1934)
Died18 October 2018(2018-10-18) (aged 83–84)
Riyadh, Saudi Arabia
Political partyMilitary
Military service
Service/branchSudanese Army
Years of service1958–1986
RankField Marshal
Battles/warsSecond Sudanese Civil War

Field Marshal Abdel Rahman Suwar al-Dahab (otherwise known as Suwar al-Dahab or al-Dahab; 1934 – 18 October 2018[1]) (Arabic: عبد الرحمن سوار الذهب‎) was the President of Sudan from 6 April 1985, to 6 May 1986.


al-Dahab was born in 1934. Some sources put his birth place in Al-Ubayyidin, others in Omdurman.[2][3] He graduated from the Sudanese Military Academy. He became a prominent figure when former president Gaafar Nimeiry appointed him Chief of Staff, and then Minister of Defence and general commander of the armed forces in 1984.[3]

In 1985 he launched a coup ousting President Gaafar Nimeiry[4] leading to him becoming the Chairman of the Transitional Military Council. Following elections, he surrendered power to the government of Sadiq al-Mahdi in 1986.[5]

In 1987, he became Chairman of the Islamic Call Organization.[6][7]

In 2004, he received the King Faisal International Prize for his service to Islam. He died on 18 October 2018 in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia.[8]


  1. ^ "Ex-Sudan president Al-Dahab dies age 83". Middle East Monitor. 18 October 2018.
  2. ^ rulers.org
  3. ^ a b Biel, Melha Rout (2008). Elite im Sudan: Bedeutung, Einfluss und Verantwortung (in German). Peter Lang. ISBN 9783631571156.
  4. ^ "Sudan buries ex-president who imposed Islamic rule". Daily News Egypt. 2009-05-31. Retrieved 2010-08-09.
  5. ^ "Sudan army cedes power". Anchorage Daily News. 1986-05-06. p. 39.
  6. ^ "Al Dahab is Islamic Personality of the Year". Khaleej Times. Retrieved 2018-10-18.
  7. ^ Chief, Habib Toumi, Bureau (2018-10-18). "Former Sudan president Al Dahab dies in Riyadh". GulfNews. Retrieved 2018-10-18.
  8. ^ "وفاة الرئيس السوداني الأسبق عبد الرحمن سوار الذهب في الرياض". rt.com (in Arabic). 18 October 2018. Retrieved 18 October 2018.