Sudanese general tightens grip on power, reappoints self

Sudan’s top general reappointed himself as the leader of the army-run interim governing body on Thursday.

Pro-democracy groups had no immediate reaction to General Abdel-Fattah Burhan’s announcement on state television.

Several other members of the body served on the previous council, which Burhan presided over before dissolving it in the coup last month.

The powerful paramilitary leader Mohammed Hamdan Dagalo was also reappointed to the body on Thursday as vice-president.

According to state television, Burhan also reappointed three generals who had previously served on the council as council members.

The announcement on Thursday is seen as evidence that Burhan is tightening his grip on the country, just two weeks after leading a coup against civilian leaders.

The development occurred in the midst of the military’s repeated promises to hand over power to civilian authorities.

Over 100 government officials and political leaders, as well as a large number of protesters and activists, have been detained since the October 25 coup.

According to Sudanese doctors and the United Nations, at least 14 anti-coup protesters have been killed as a result of excessive force used by security forces.

Sudan has been in a fragile transition since a pro-democracy uprising in 2019 resulted in the removal of longtime autocrat Omar al-Bashir.

The 11-member Sovereign Council was established in the summer of 2019 following the military’s power-sharing agreement with pro-democracy forces.

Source Africanews
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