Sudan: Bringing Down Father

In many unspectacular ways, the six-year military dictatorship of Lieut. General Ibrahim Abboud was a Pan-African success story. When he seized power in 1958, the Sudan had suffered under three bungling governments in less than three years of independence.

Pledging his regime to "realization of the country's paramount interests," Abboud dragged the country out of economic chaos. He brought in massive industrial capital, pushed ahead with ambitious hydroelectric projects, doubled the Sudan's rich cotton lands by expanding the vast, British-built Gezira irrigation complex.

The Sudanese, historically renowned for their martial prowess, revered Abboud as the greatest warrior of them all....

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