AP, Monday 15 May 2023
Sudan’s army chief General Abdel-Fattah Al-Burhan sacked Monday a number of officials, including, among others, the head of the police and the governor of Sudan’s Central Bank, according to Sudanese state news agency ” SUNA”.
Sudanese Gen. Abdel-Fattah Burhan, head of the military council, speaks during a military-backed rally, in Omdurman district, west of Khartoum, Sudan. AP
Al-Burhan issued a decree appointing Khalid Mouheiddine as the new general director of the police.
He also terminated the services of ambassadors Abdel Moneim Al-Bayti and Haider Sadiq.
Hours before, Sudan’s military chief ordered the freezing of all bank accounts belonging to rival paramilitary Rapid Support Forces (RSF).
The decree targeted the official accounts of the RSF in Sudanese banks, as well as the accounts of all companies belonging to the group, SUNA reported.
The military chief also announced that he was replacing Hussein Jangoul, the current governor of Sudan’s Central Bank, with Barei Ahmed — a move likely tied to the decree on freezing the RSF bank accounts.
Over the past decade, the RSF amassed great wealth through the gradual acquisition of Sudanese financial institutions and gold reserves.
Since mid-April, the Sudanese army, led by Burhan, and the RSF, commanded by Mohamed Hamdan Daglo, have been locked in a power struggle that has forced thousands to flee to neighboring countries.
Chaos has taken over much of the country since the conflict broke out. The capital, Khartoum, has been reduced to an urban battlefield and the western Darfur region is rocked by deadly tribal clashes. The violence has also killed over 600 people, including civilians, according to the WHO.
Human rights organizations have accused the RSF of mass looting and attacking civilians, and the military of indiscriminately bombing residential areas. The two sides agreed to several short ceasefires since the fighting started, all of which were violated. Both have also traded blame and exchanged heated accusations of human rights abuses.
Last Thursday, the military and the RSF signed a pact in the Saudi city of Jeddah, promising safe passage for civilians fleeing the conflict and protection for humanitarian operations in the East African nation. International efforts — led by Saudi Arabia and the United States — are underway in an attempt to turn Thursday’s agreement into a lasting truce.
This article was originally published by The Associated Press (AP).