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 by Gaafar Nimeiry
Succeeded by Ahmad al-Mirghani
Personal details
Born 1934 (age 82–83)
Omdurman, Sudan
Political party Military
Military service
Service/branch Sudanese Army
Years of service 1958 - 1986
Rank Field Marshal
Battles/wars Second Sudanese Civil War

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

In 1985 he launched a coup ousting President Gaafar Nimeiry[2] 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.[3] In 1987, he became Chairman of the Islamic Call Organization. As of September 2010, he still holds that post.


  1. ^ rulers.org
  2. ^ "Sudan buries ex-president who imposed Islamic rule". Daily News Egypt. 2009-05-31. Retrieved 2010-08-09. 
  3. ^ "Sudan army cedes power". Anchorage Daily News. 1986-05-06. p. 39.