Al-Mahdi is the president of the moderate Islamic Umma Party, and the imam of the Al-Ansar Sufi order. He was prime minister of Sudan until the government was overthrown and he was forced into exile. Al-Mahdi has now returned and is working to restore peace and democracy in the Sudan. He derives a significant portion of his authority from the fact that he descends from Muhammad Ahmad, who claimed to be the Mahdi, a prophesied figure that many Muslims believe will return to revive the Islamic faith.
Source of Influence: Political
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