Reinstated Sudanese PM fires police chiefs after deadly protests

2021-11-27 21:11:07
Reinstated Sudanese PM fires police chiefs after deadly protests

Sudanese Prime Minister Abdalla Hamdok on Saturday fired the country’s police chief and his deputy following the killing of peaceful protesters.

A cabinet statement said Lieutenant-General Khaled Mahdi Ibrahim Al-Emam and his deputy Al-Sadiq Ali Ibrahim were removed from their posts.

The statement said Lieutenant-General Anan Hamed Mohammed Omar was appointed as a new police chief and Major General Muddathir Abd al-Rahman Nasr al-Din as his deputy. Saturday’s dismissals came after dozens of protesters were killed in protests against last month’s military takeover.

Last week, Al-Emam denied reports that police forces had opened fire on protesters during demonstrations against the military.

The move came days after Hamdok was reinstated after signing an agreement with the military that put an end to a weeks-long crisis that threatened to undermine Sudan’s political transition.

Despite the reinstatement, tens of thousands of people have rallied again across Sudan on Thursday to protest a deal between military leaders and Prime Minister Abdalla Hamdok, who was deposed for several weeks in a military coup last month.

Hamdok claimed on Wednesday that he had shared power with the military only to “stop the bloodshed” and to “not squander the gains of the last two years.”

However, about 12 out of 17 ministers from Sudan’s main civilian bloc have called for a full civilian rule. These ministers, who were part of Hamdok’s cabinet before last month’s coup, stepped down on Monday in show of protest to the deal, saying it “legitimizes the coup regime.”

Sudan's military chief and de facto leader General Abdel Fattah al-Burhan staged a coup on October 25 and dissolved the fragile government.

Before the military takeover, Sudan was administered by a sovereign council of military and civilian officials which was overseeing the transition period until elections in 2023 as part of a precarious power-sharing pact between the military and the Forces of Freedom and Change coalition.

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