General military intelligence chiefs replaced by Gen. Burhan.

Abdel Fattah Al Burhan speaking at the Economic Conference on 26 september 2020 (Photo by Getty Images)Abdel Fattah Al Burhan speaking at the Economic Conference on 26 september 2020 (Photo by Getty Images)

Chairman of the Transitional Sovereign Council of Sudan, General Abdelfattah al Burhan in a surprised move dismissed the country’s head of military and general intelligence service and named senior officers of the Sudanese army’s replacement.

 

According to our source with knowledge of the recent changes in the Sudanese security sector unanimously confirmed that Burhan appointed Major-General Mohamed Ahmed Saber as the head of the Sudan Armed Forces (SAF) military intelligence.

The country’s democratic project began just two years ago, after Sudan’s longtime dictator  Omar al-Bashir was  ousted amid mass protests in 2019.

Civil society and protest leaders and the military ultimately reached  a power sharing arrangement that put both in charge of the country with the commitment of transitioning to full civilian rule, which would lead to a new constitution and elections in 2023.

The coup has upended that entire endeavor, fracturing what was already a tenuous arrangement between the military and civilian factions and jeopardizing any gains made.

Lt. Gen. Abdel Fattah al-Burhan, Sudan’s top general, orchestrated the power grab,  detaining the civilian prime minister Abdalla Hamdok and other civilian leaders, and  firing ambassadors who resisted the takeover.

Al Burhan who is also the commander in chief of the Sudanese army also appointed Major-General Ahmed Ibrahim Fadl as the Director-General of the General Intelligence Services, previously National Intelligence Services.

In the meantime, there are yet no reasons given by the sources as to why al Burhan made the changes.

Earlier on Sunday, Sudanese Prime Minister Abdallah Hamdok dismissed police chiefs after more than 40 people were killed in a crackdown on protests following last month’s military coup.

The coup also reignited resistance, as protesters returned to the streets in cities and towns across Sudan to denounce the military takeover.

The Sudanese military shut down the internet making it difficult to fully understand the scope of the resistance and the security forces’ response to it especially outside major cities like Khartoum.

At least 170 people have been injured, and at least seven people killed in Monday’s protests, according to data compiled by the UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA). Some pro-democracy leaders have  reportedly been detained.

All of this makes for a very volatile, and unpredictable, situation. Despite international and regional pressure on the Sudanese military to restore the transitional government, experts said it is difficult to see a way forward under the same framework. “The trust has been broken,” said Michael Woldemariam, director of the African Studies Center at Boston University. “The military has really bared its teeth here and the more that we see violence deployed by the security forces, the more difficult it’s going to be to go back to this old arrangement.”

The military chief General Abdel Fattah al-Burhan seized power and detained Hamdok on October 25, but after international condemnation and mass protests he reinstated the premier in a November 21 deal.

However, medics say at least 42 people were killed as security forces sought to crush weeks of anti-coup demonstrations, with protests continuing even after Hamdok’s release from house arrest and return to his post last week.

That offers a bleak outlook for Sudan’s democratic experiment. But Sudan’s civil society, which helped bring about the revolution that ousted al-Bashir in 2019, remains well-organized and strong.

Civil society groups are calling for large-scale protests on October 30 in the latest act of defiance against the coup.

From the beginning, protesters did not trust the military to usher in democracy, and they’ve continued to distrust the armed forces and push for civilian control even before the takeover.

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