(b. 26 Oct. 1900, d. 8 Sept. 1983).
Sudanese general and politician Educated at Gordon College, he became a soldier and, after distinguished service with the British army in World War II, became a general in 1954. He was made Commander-in-Chief of the Sudanese army upon independence in 1956. Abboud overthrew the country's democratic government in 1958, and thereafter led the military government. His military genius was not matched by political astuteness, and he was forced to resign in 1964.
Subjects: Contemporary History (Post 1945).