Abdel Rahman Swar al-Dahab

Abdel Rahman Suwar al-Dahab (Abdel Rahman Swareldahab)
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Suwar al-Dahab in the 1980s
5th President of Sudan
In office
6 April 1985 – 6 May 1986
Deputy Taj el-Deen Abdallah Fadl
Preceded by Gaafar Nimeiry
Succeeded by Ahmad al-Mirghani
Minister of Defence
In office
3 March 1985 – 22 April 1985
Preceded by Gaafar Nimeiry
Succeeded by Othman Abdullah Muhammad
Personal details
Born 1934 (1934)
Omdurman, Sudan
Died 18 October 2018(2018-10-18) (aged 83–84)
Riyadh, Saudi Arabia
Political party Sudanese Armed Forces
Military service
Branch/service Sudanese Army
Years of service 1958–1986
Rank Sudan Army - OF10.svg Field marshal
Battles/wars Second Sudanese Civil War

Field marshal Abdel Rahman Suwar al-Dahab (otherwise known as Suwar al-Dahab or al-Dahab; 1934 – 18 October 2018) (Arabic: عبد الرحمن سوار الذهب‎) was the President of Sudan from 6 April 1985, to 6 May 1986.

His full name has also been listed by the Sudanese Ministry of Defence as Abdul Rahman Muhammad Hassan Swar Al Thahab.[1]


Swar-Eldahab was born in 1934 in Omdurman, Sudan.[2][3] He graduated from the Sudanese Military Academy, later attending military education courses in Britain, the United States, Egypt, and Jordan. He became a prominent figure when then-President Gaafar Nimeiry appointed him Chief of Staff, and then Minister of Defence and general commander of the armed forces in 1984.[3]

In 1985, he launched a coup ousting President Gaafar Nimeiry[4] leading to him becoming the Chairman of the Transitional Military Council. Following elections, he surrendered power to the government of head of state Ahmed al-Mirghani and prime minister Sadiq al-Mahdi in 1986.[5]

In 1987, he became Chairman of the Islamic Call Organization.[6][7]

In 2004, he received the King Faisal International Prize for his service to Islam. He died on 18 October 2018 in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia of natural causes.[8]


  1. ^ mod.gov.sd archived link at Minister of Defence (Sudan).
  2. ^ rulers.org
  3. ^ a b Biel, Melha Rout (2008). Elite im Sudan: Bedeutung, Einfluss und Verantwortung (in German). Peter Lang. ISBN 9783631571156.
  4. ^ "Sudan buries ex-president who imposed Islamic rule". Daily News Egypt. 31 May 2009. Archived from the original on 6 November 2012. Retrieved 9 August 2010.
  5. ^ "Sudan army cedes power". Anchorage Daily News. 6 May 1986. p. 39.
  6. ^ "Al Dahab is Islamic Personality of the Year". Khaleej Times. Retrieved 18 October 2018.
  7. ^ Chief, Habib Toumi, Bureau (18 October 2018). "Former Sudan president Al Dahab dies in Riyadh". GulfNews. Retrieved 18 October 2018.
  8. ^ "Ex-Sudan president Al-Dahab dies age 83". Middle East Monitor. 18 October 2018.