Sudanese Socialist Union

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Sudanese Socialist Union

الاتحاد الاشتراكي السوداني
LeaderGaafar Nimeiry
HeadquartersKhartoum, Democratic Republic of the Sudan
IdeologyArab nationalism
Arab socialism
Party flag
Flag of the Sudanese Socialist Union.svg

The Sudanese Socialist Union (SSU) (Arabic: الاتحاد الاشتراكي السودانيAl-Ittihad Al-Ishtiraki Al-Sudaniy) was a political party in Sudan. The SSU was the country's sole legal party from 1971 until 1985, when the regime of President Gaafar Nimeiry was overthrown in a military coup.[1]

Today the Sudanese Socialist Democratic Union, the successor party to the SSU, exists as a registered political party in Sudan. It is led by Professor Dr. Fatima Abdel Mahmoud, who was Sudan's first female Minister during the Presidency of Gaafar Nimeiry as well as a former member of the National Congress Party. Professor Dr. Fatima Abdel Mahmoud is the first woman to contest the Presidency of Sudan in the 2010 general election.

Electoral history[edit]

Presidential elections[edit]

Election Party candidate Votes % Result
1971 (referendum) Gaafar Nimeiry 3,839,374 98.6% Elected Green tickY
1977 Gaafar Nimeiry 5,624,128 99.1% Elected Green tickY
1983 Gaafar Nimeiry Unknown 99.6% Elected Green tickY

National Assembly elections[edit]

National Assembly
Election Party leader Votes % Seats +/–
1978 Gaafar Nimeiry Unknown Unknown
274 / 304
Increase 274
1980 Gaafar Nimeiry Unknown Unknown
332 / 368
Increase 58
1981–82 Gaafar Nimeiry Unknown Unknown
138 / 151
Decrease 194

See also[edit]


  1. ^ "Sudan buries ex-president who imposed Islamic rule". Daily News Egypt. 2009-05-31. Archived from the original on 2012-11-06. Retrieved 2010-08-09.