Babiker Awadalla

Awadalla in the 1960s.

Babiker Awadalla (born 2 March 1917) is a Sudanese Arab nationalist politician who was Prime Minster from 25 May 1969 to 28 October 1969.

Early life and education

Awadalla was born in the Blue Nile State on 2 March 1917.[1] In 1940, he graduated from the Gordon Memorial College law school.[2]


He held the position of Speaker of the Parliament from 1954 to 1957.[3] In 1964, he provided the drive to start the October Revolution by siding against the military in charge of Sudan.[4] After the revolution, he became Sudan's Chief Justice in 1964.[3] In 1967, Awadalla resigned from his position as Chief Justice in protest of the government's refusal to reinstate the Sudanese Communist Party, which the court had held to be unconstitutionally banned from parliament.[5]


Awadalla was part of the coup of May 1969 that started Gaafar Nimeiry's presidency.[6]

In Gaafar Nimeiry's military cabinet, Awadalla was the only civilian member in Nimeiry's governing council.[6] Awadalla was selected as both Prime Minister and Foreign Minister on 25 May 1969. His position as Prime Minister ended on 28 October 1969 and he kept his position as Foreign Minister until 1971. After finishing his previous positions, Awadalla held the positions of Deputy Prime Minister and Justice Minister in 1971. The following year, he was Sudan's Vice President from 1972 to 1973.[1]

United Nations

During an General Assembly meeting on 23 September 1969, Awadalla warned that the United States's decision of supporting Israel during the Arab-Israel conflict could provoke the usage of nuclear weapons in the Middle East.[7]


  1. 1 2 Lentz, Harry M. (2013). Heads of States and Governments. Routledge. pp. 712–713. ISBN 1884964443. Retrieved 23 November 2016.
  2. Massoud, Mark Fathi (2013). Law's Fragile State: Colonial, Authoritarian, and Humanitarian Legacies in Sudan. pp. 73–74. ISBN 9781107026070. Retrieved 21 November 2016.
  3. 1 2 Kramer, Robert S.; Lobban Jr., Richard A.; Fluehr-Lobban, Carolyn (2013). Historical Dictionary of the Sudan (4th ed.). pp. 76–77. ISBN 9780810861800. Retrieved 21 November 2016.
  4. Gretton, George (August 1968). "The Law and the Constitution in the Sudan". The World Today. 24 (8): 314–323. JSTOR 40394155. (registration required (help)).
  5. Halliday, Terence C.; Karpik, Lucien; Feeley, Malcolm M., eds. (2012). Fates of Political Liberalism in the British Post-Colony: The Politics of the Legal Complex. p. 201. ISBN 9781107012783. Retrieved 22 November 2016.
  6. 1 2 "Sudanese Ousted". The Kansas City Times. 30 May 1972. p. 10. Retrieved 22 November 2016.
  7. Besser, Milton (24 September 1969). "Egypt, Sudan Charge U.S. Blocking Peace". The San Bernardino County Sun. Retrieved 23 November 2016.
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