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President of Sudan Sovereign Council Orders Army Restructure

President of Sudan Sovereign Council Orders Army Restructure

Tuesday, 29 October, 2019 - 09:15
Members of Sudan's Sovereign Council are sworn in at the presidential palace in Khartoum, August 21, 2019. (Reuters)

President of the Sudanese Sovereign Council Abdel Fattah al-Burhan ordered a major army restructure, appointing General Mohamed Osman al-Hussein as Chief of Staff. He also promoted a number of officers to the rank of colonel and referred others to retirement.

His orders were consistent with the provisions of the constitutional document governing the transitional phase, which granted military and security services the authority to restructure the army and other security forces.

Burhan also appointed Majdi Ibrahim as deputy chief of staff, Lieutenant General Munawar Othman as deputy chief of staff in management, Lieutenant General Abdullah al-Bashir as deputy chief of staff of training, Lieutenant General Khaled al-Shami as deputy chief of staff of operations, and Lieutenant General Jamal Abdul Majid to the General Intelligence Agency.

Spokesperson of the armed forces, Brigadier General Amer Mohammed al-Hassan, issued a press statement announcing Burhan’s decisions to promote a number of officers, whereby Lieutenant General Essam Karar was appointed as commander of ground forces and General Essam Koko as commander of the air force.

In addition, Major General Bahri Mahgoub Bushra Ahmed Rahma was assigned as navy commander and Lieutenant General Abdullah al-Matari as inspector general.

Air Marshal Mohammad Ali Mahmoud, Lieutenant General Abdul Rahman Yousif Ali al-Faki and Vice Admiral Majdi Omar Sayed Marzouq were retired from their duties.

Based on the provisions of the constitutional document, the Sovereignty Council formed this month a Security and Defense Council under the chairmanship of Burhan.

Separately, Minister of Justice Nasruddin Abdul Bari also appointed a number of officials and legal advisers to new positions.

The new assignments are in line with the constitutional document, which calls for purging the influence of the dissolved Islamic regime and all of its symbols.

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