Abdallah Khalil

Sayed Abdallah Khalil (Arabic: عبد الله خليل‎; 1892 – 23 August 1970[1]) was a prominent Sudanese politician who served as the second Prime Minister of Sudan.

Abdallah Khalil
عبد الله خليل
Abdallah Khalil Official
3rd Prime Minister of Sudan
In office
5 July 1956 – 17 November 1958
Preceded byIsmail al-Azhari
Succeeded byIbrahim Abboud
Personal details
Omdurman, Mahdist Sudan
Died23 August 1970 (aged 77–78)
Khartoum, Sudan
Political partyNational Umma Party
Military service
Allegiance Egypt
Anglo-Egyptian Sudan
Branch/serviceEgyptian Army (1910-1924)
Sudan Defence Force (1925-1944)
Years of service1910-1944

Early life

Khalil was born in Omdurman and was of Kenzi Nubian origin.[2] In a place called balana in between the Egyptian and Sudanese territories.

Military Service

Khalil served in the Egyptian Army from 1910 to 1924, and the Sudan Defence Force from 1925 until 1944. He was the first Sudanese to reach the rank of Brigadier (Miralai).[2]

Political career

In 1944 Khalil became an influential member of the Advisory Council for the Northern Sudan, which became a pro-Mahdist organisation. In 1945 Khalil helped found the Umma Party, and became the party's first Secretary General. In 1947 he became a member of the Independence Front, serving as a representative of Umma Party interests, opposing the dominant Khatmiyya interests.[2]

Khalil maintained a close relationship with Colonial Administrators Robert George Howe and J.W. Robertson, often serving as an advocate for their views on Sudanese politics. Khalil's constant struggle with the Khatmiyya is often criticized, with it being alleged that he helped to make the emerging Sudanese nationalism divisive and sectarian. Khalil was for instance appointed Minister of Agriculture in 1947, largely due to his insistence that this was necessary to counterbalance the strong role of the Khatmiyya and to respond to the Sudanization press.[2]

In 1948 Khalil became leader of the newly formed Legislative Assembly and Executive Council, serving the Umma Party's representative on the Constitutional Commission. Khalil was elected to parliament in the 1953 parliamentary election.[2]

Following the 1958 election Khalil formed a coalition government comprising his Umma Party and the People's Democratic Party.[2][3] Khalil served as Prime Minister and Minister of Defense in the new government. He allied Sudan with the United States, sparking a tense standoff with Egypt under Gamal Abdel Nasser. On November 17, 1958, Khalil carried out a military coup against his own government, putting the government under the control of a military junta. (See History of Sudan (Independent Sudan))


  1. ^ https://www.rulers.org/indexk2.html
  2. ^ a b c d e f Voll, John Obert; Fluehr-Lobban, Carolyn; Lobban, Richard (1992). Historical dictionary of the Sudan. Scarecrow Press. p. 245. ISBN 9780810825475.
  3. ^ "Sudan Embassy in Canada". Archived from the original on 2015-09-24. Retrieved 2009-10-12.

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1948 Sudanese parliamentary election

Parliamentary elections were held in Sudan on 15 November 1948.

1958 Sudanese parliamentary election

Parliamentary elections were held in Sudan on 27 February and 8 March 1958.

The first elections since independence in 1956, they were supposed to be held in August 1957, but were postponed by the ruling council, who claimed that flooding would affect the vote. The result was a victory for the Umma Party, which won 63 of the 173 seats.

The Southern Sudan Federal Party competed in the election, and won 40 of the 46 seats allocated to the southern provinces.

The party platform represented a serious challenge to the authorities.

However, when it became clear that the party's demands for a federal structure would be ignored by the Constituent Assembly, on 16 June 1958 the southern MPs left parliament.


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History of Sudan (1956–69)

On 1 January 1956 Anglo-Egyptian Sudan became the independent Republic of the Sudan. Before 1955, however, the government under Ismail al-Azhari had temporarily halted Sudan's progress toward self-determination, hoping to promote unity with Egypt. Despite his pro-Egyptian National Unionist Party (NUP) winning a majority in the 1953 parliamentary elections, however, Azhari realized that popular opinion had shifted against such a union. Azhari, who had been the major spokesman for the "unity of the Nile Valley", therefore reversed the NUP's stand and supported Sudanese independence. On December 19, 1955, the Sudanese parliament, under Azhari's leadership, unanimously adopted a declaration of independence that became effective on January 1, 1956. Azhari called for the withdrawal of foreign troops and requested the condominium powers to sponsor a plebiscite in advance.

Ibrahim Abboud

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Between 1956 and 1958, Sudanese nationalist leaders from both major parties sought to find solutions to the seemingly intractable problems of building a nation, developing the economy and creating a permanent constitution. Neither Ismail al-Azhari, leader of the Nationalist Unionist party and the first prime minister of the Sudan, nor his rival, Abdullah Khalil, the Umma party leader and successor to al-Azhari as prime minister, was able to overcome the weaknesses of the political system or to grapple with the country's problems. Parliamentary government was so discredited that Gen. Abboud, who formerly had remained studiously aloof from politics, led a coup d'état on 17 November 1958, to end, in his words, "the state of degeneration, chaos, and instability of the country." The Council of State and cabinet were dismissed, parliament and all political parties were declared dissolved, and the constitution was suspended.

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Early Neolithic settlements from prehistoric Egypt have been found in the central Nubian region dating back to 7000 BC, with Wadi Halfa believed to be the oldest settlement in the central Nile valley. Parts of Nubia, such as Ta-Seti (the first nome or administrative region of ancient Egypt), were continuously a part of ancient Egypt throughout the dynastic era. Other parts of Nubia, particularly Lower or Upper Nubia, were at times a part of ancient Pharaonic Egypt and at other times a rival state representing parts of Meroë or the Kingdom of Kush. However, by the Twenty-fifth Dynasty, all of Nubia was united with Egypt, extending down to what is now Khartoum.Towards the end of the dynastic era, Upper Nubia broke off from Egypt proper. During that time, the Nubians founded a dynasty that ruled Upper and Lower Egypt in the eighth century BC. As warriors, the ancient Nubians were famous for their skill and precision with the bow and arrow.In the medieval period the Nubians converted to Christianity and established three kingdoms: Nobatia in the north, Makuria in the center and Alodia in the south.

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