Sudan’s Prime Minister Hamdok fires police chiefs over post-coup violence

Prime Minister Abdallah Hamdok said on Saturday that he replaced Sudan’s police chiefs after more than 40 people were killed in suppressing protests following last month’s military coup.

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

Doctors say at least 42 people were killed when security forces tried to crush weeks of anti-coup demonstrations, and the protests continued even after Hamdok’s release from house arrest and return to his post last week.

On Saturday, Hamdok said he had fired the director general of the police, Khaled Mahdi Ibrahim al-Emam, and his deputy, Ali Ibrahim.

Instead, he appointed Anan Hamed Mohamed Omar with Abdelrahman Nasreddine Abdallah as his deputy, the prime minister said in a statement.

Doctors have accused the security forces of attacking protesters “head, neck and torso” with live ammunition, as well as rubber-coated bullets and tear gas canisters.

Police have denied reports that they opened fire with live bullets.

In addition, hundreds of political activists, journalists, protesters and bystanders who witnessed the demonstrations have been arrested in recent weeks and remain in custody.

While several civilian leaders have been released since the agreement last Sunday, key figures are also in detention.

The agreement raised hope for some that Sudan will be able to return to its fragile transition process.

But critics criticized the agreement for “whitewashing” the coup, and some protesters accused Hamdok of “treason” by signing it.

Hamdok, who has led a transitional government since the 2019 ouster of autocratic ruler Omar al-Bashir, said on Wednesday that he partnered with the military to “stop the bloodshed” and “not waste the achievements of the past two years. “. .

The agreement he signed with Burhan sets a “clear date” for Sudan’s first free elections in three decades scheduled for July 2023, the prime minister said.


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