Omar al-Bashir

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Sudan's leader of the Umma Party, opposition figure Sadiq al-Mahdi ,... News PhotoArrival,Chaos,Economy,Finance,Government,Horizontal,Khartoum,Leadership,Listening,Omar al-Bashir,Politics,Poverty,Renaissance,Speech,Sudan,WarPhotographer Collection: AFP 2014 AFPSudan's leader of the Umma Party, opposition figure Sadiq al-Mahdi (L), arrives to listen to a speech by President Omar al-Bashir on January 27, 2014 in which he appealed for a political and economic renaissance in his country ravaged by war, poverty and political turmoil, in the Sudanese capital Khartoum. It was the latest call Bashir has made in the past year for a broad political dialogue, including with the country's armed insurgents. But this time, he made his appeal directly to opposition figures -- including breakaway members of his own party -- who joined the audience of government-linked parties, cabinet members and foreign diplomats for his speech. AFP PHOTO / EBRAHIM HAMID (Photo credit should read EBRAHIM HAMID/AFP/Getty Images)