Omar al-Bashir - Fast Facts
Here's a look at the life of Sudan's leader Omar al-Bashir.
Personal: Birth date: January 1, 1944
Birth place: Hoshe Bannaga, Sudan
Birth name: Omar Hassan Ahmed al-Bashir Father: Unknown Mother: Unknown Marriages: Fatima Khalid; Widad Babiker Omer Education: Sudan Military Academy, 1966 Military service: Sudanese Armed Forces Religion: Islam
Timeline: 1960 - Joins the Sudanese Armed Forces. 1966 - Graduates from the Sudan Military Academy. 1973 - Serves with Egyptian forces during the October 1973 Arab-Israeli war. 1973-1987 - Holds various military posts. 1989-1993 - Serves as Sudan's Minister of Defense. June 30, 1989 - Leads a coup against Sudan's Prime Minister Sadiq al-Mahdi. Establishes and proclaims himself chairman of the Revolutionary Command Council. Dissolves the government, political parties, and trade unions. April 1990 - Survives a coup attempt. Orders the execution of over 30 army and police officers implicated in the coup attempt. 1993 - The US State Department places Sudan on its list of states that sponsor terrorism. October 16, 1993 - Becomes president of Sudan when the Revolutionary Command Council is dissolved and Sudan is restored to civilian rule. March 1996 - Is re-elected president with over 75% of the vote. December 1999 - Dissolves the Parliament after National Congress Party chairman Hassan al-Turabi proposes laws limiting the president's powers. December 2000 - Is re-elected president with over 85% of the vote. February 2003 - Rebels in the Darfur region of Sudan rise up against the Sudanese government. 2004 - Is criticized for not cracking down on the Janjaweed militia, a pro-government militia accused of murdering and raping people in Darfur. September 2007 - After meeting with UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon, al-Bashir agrees to peace talks with rebels. Peace talks begin in October, but are postponed indefinitely after most of the major players fail to attend. July 14, 2008 - The chief prosecutor of the International Criminal Court files charges against al-Bashir for genocide and war crimes in Darfur. March 4, 2009 - The International Criminal Court issues an arrest warrant for al-Bashir. April 26, 2010 - Sudan's National Election Commission certifies al-Bashir as the winner of recent presidential elections with 68% of the vote. July 12, 2010 - The International Criminal Court issues a second arrest warrant for al-Bashir. Combined, the warrant lists ten counts against al-Bashir. February 21, 2011 - A party official announces that President al-Bashir will not seek re-election when his term expires in 2015.
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