“The reports of my death have been greatly exaggerated.” – Mark Twain
Key Sudanese Islamist Sets His Sights on Return to Political Stage; Hassan Turabi, who has been in and out of power, and jail, for decades, is back on the scene, challenging the regime he once backed
Los Angeles Times
December 9, 2005
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A turbaned Hassan Turabi sinks back into a large, plush sitting- room sofa, his stockinged feet barely touching the floor.
It’s hard to comprehend that this aging former law professor with a chipmunk grin is the same man condemned by Western leaders as a terrorism-loving extremist and jailed repeatedly by Sudanese dictators he once helped empower.
“I’m an old man,” the white-bearded Turabi, fresh out of his latest stint in prison, says with unconvincing modesty.
But behind the glinting teeth and rectangular spectacles is one of Africa’s most influential Islamists, a man who has arguably had more impact on Sudan than anyone else.
Nicknamed “The Fox” at home and “The Pope of Terrorism” abroad, Turabi is climbing his way back onto Sudan’s political stage, forging an opposition alliance, preparing candidates for the next election and criticizing the recently formed unity government as a failure.
Insiders in the Sudanese capital predict, some with a touch of dread, that even at 73, Turabi may have one more act to play out in his career.
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