Sudan’s main opposition party, Popular Congress Party (PCP), elected Ibrahim al Sanousi on Sunday as a new leading figure, just one day after the death of longstanding party leader Hassan al Turabi.
"Al Sanousi was chosen as interim secretary-general by the party's general-secretariat until the party's shura [consultative] council convenes," PCP member Amin Amana said.
Amin also said that a date has not yet been set for a council meeting.
Al Sanousi, a 79-year-old Muslim leader, had been detained several times in the past by Sudanese authorities.
In 1967, he was sentenced to death for his role in a failed coup against military ruler Gaafar Nimeiry.
He had been known as al Turabi’s right hand man, who died at the age of 84 in a hospital in the capital, Khartoum.
Al Turabi was one of the world’s most prominent Islamic leaders and one of Sudan’s best known political figures.
He also was one of the founders of the Sudan’s movement before the country’s independence in 1956 from Britain.
It is believed that al Turabi was one of the most important figures in the military coup that brought the current Sudanese President, Omar al Bashir, to power in 1989.
The PCP emerged from a split within the ruling National Congress Party (NCP) in 1999, because of differences between al Turabi and al Bashir.
The PCP is a member of the National Consensus Forces (NCF), which opposes the NCP, which the Turabi affiliated newspaper Ray al Shaab in 2012.