Sudanese opposition leader arrested

January 18, 2011 09:34


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KHARTOUM, Sudan  — The family of Sudan's top Islamist opposition leader said he has been arrested after calling for a Tunisia-style uprising in the country.

Wasaal al-Mahdi, the wife of veteran Islamist Hussein al-Turabi, said security forces arrested al-Turabi around midnight Monday and took him to a Khartoum prison along with his bodyguard.

Mahdi said the bodyguard was beaten while detained and released early Tuesday. Turabi is still in custody.

Turabi has recently spoken out against President Omar al-Bashir's government and called for a popular uprising similar to the revolt in Tunisia that toppled the country's authoritarian president.

A recent hike in the price of oil and basic commodities in Sudan has sparked protests by university students and calls for the resignation of local officials.

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