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Sudan arrests second opposition leader

Sarah Nugdallah, secretray general of the opposition Sudanese Umma party, announces her party's withdrawl from the national dialogueMay 18, 2014, in the capital Khartoum, following the arrest of Umma leader and ex-premier Sadiq al-MahdiSudanese police on Sunday arrested an opposition leader accused of having criticised a counter-insurgency unit, an aide said, in the second such case in just over three weeks. Sudanese Congress Party chief Ibrahim al-Sheikh was taken away from his home in Nuhud town of West Kordofan by police acting on an arrest warrant, the party’s secretary general, Abdelqayum Awad, told AFP. Sheikh could face the death penalty if found guilty of these charges, he said. According to Awad, Sheikh, a former university professor, had at a rally on Saturday criticised the actions of the counter-insurgency unit known as the Rapid Support Forces (RSF) and protested over politically-motivated arrests.

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