Saturday, May 22, 1999 Published at 15:18 GMT 16:18 UK
Sudan's Nimeiri back from exile
Mr Nimeiri arrives in Sudan
The former military ruler of Sudan, Jaafar Nimeiri, has returned home after spending 14 years in exile.
Mr Nimeiri, who ruled the country for 16 years between 1969 and 1985, arrived in Khartoum with his family on board a flight from Egypt.
Women ululated and men shouted "God is Great" as the 69-year-old former ruler stepped from his plane .
Although he is due to visit for only two weeks, the government is reported to have offered Mr Nimeiri a permanent state residence.
Opposition groups have threatened to stage demonstrations and to take legal action against Mr Nimeiri.
The opposition Umma party said it would take him to court for committing "massacres" against followers of the Ansar religious sect in their strongholds in Sudan.
But after only a short period of democratic civilian rule, the army under General Bashir seized power in 1989, backed by Islamist hard-liners.
In September 1983, President Nimeiri introduced Islamic Sharia law to Sudan; the legislation has remained in force ever since.