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Head of Sudan's Military Council sacks prosecutor general

Lt Gen Abdel Fattah al-Burhan has sacked Sudan's prosecutor general Omer Ahmed Mohamed [Getty]

Date of publication: 16 April, 2019

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The new head of Sudan's Military Council, General Abdel Fattah al-Burhan, sacked the country's prosecutor general Omer Ahmed Mohamed on Tuesday

Sudan's new Military Council chief - and effective ruler - General Abdel Fattah al-Burhan has sacked the country's prosecutor general on Tuesday, following calls from protesters to dismiss him.

"Lieutenant General Abdel Fattah al-Burhan has issued a declaration sacking the prosecutor general Omer Ahmed Mohamed," the military council said in a statement.

Since the toppling of the long-saving President Omar al-Bashir on 11 April, the country's junta has been shaken by radical and swift changes, sometimes with concessions to protesters' demands.

Lieutenant General Awad Ibn Auf took the oath to become the head of the council on 12 April, but only to resign one day after amid mass protests calling for a civilian-led transitional administration.

The general was replaced by Lieutenant General Abdel Fattah al-Burhan, who vowed on Saturday to "uproot [al-Bashir's] regime", free detained protesters and hold talks with all political parties and groups that took part in the protests.

In the wake of this swift changes, Sudan's military council on Sunday announced a raft of concessions in effort to appease protesters calling for a civilian-led transition.

Shams Eldin Kabashi, the council's spokesman, vowed on Sunday to reform the feared National Intelligence and Security Service (NISS), one of the key demands from the political parties and movements that led the months-long protests.

In the midst of the tug of war between the generals and protesters who refused to leave the street until they see more concession, the country's foreign ministry urged on Sunday the international community to back the country's new military rulers to help "democratic transition".

"The ministry of foreign affairs is looking forward to the international community to understand the situation and to support the transitional military council... in order to achieve the Sudanese goal of democratic transition," the ministry said in a statement.

Saudi Arabia and the UAE have already announced their backing for Sudan's new junta, announcing that they will send aids to Sudan.

Media reports also noted on Tuesday that Russia recognised Sudan's military rulers.

RIA news agency, reported that Russia's deputy foreign minister said Moscow recognised Sudan's transitional military council

When Mikhail Bogdanov was asked whether Russia recognised the new authorities in Sudan and maintained contact with them, he responded in the affirmative.

"Yes, of course," Bogdanov reiterated.

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