The Sudanese army dismissed reports that recent shuffling made within its ranks have anything to do with politics stressing that the military institution “is a model of fairness and discipline”.
There have been reports that around 12 senior military commanders were sent to retirement over their growing criticism of president Omer Hassan Al-Bashir and defense minister Abdel-Rahim Mohamed Hussein.
Some of those allegedly affected by these changes were Brigade Commander Al-Tayeb Mosbah head of El-Fasher division, Brigadier General Ahmad Abdoon over Nyala division, Major General Al-Naeem Khidir chief of staff at the Minister of Defence’s office, Major-General Abbas Taj al-Din from the military intelligence
Discontent has reportedly been over the work of paramilitary units such as the popular defense forces and the Janjaweed militias operating in Darfur as well as the handling of war in Sudan’s western region.
Thousands of young Sudanese, inspired by the events in other parts of the Arab world, have been calling for his departure. In the past month, protests have broken out across northern Sudan, many organized through Facebook, much like the movements in Egypt and Tunisia that drove out the leaders of those countries. Scores of Sudanese students have been beaten by the police or arrested — one student was killed — and now some opposition parties seem to want to push it further.
“We have the rich experience of two popular uprisings,” said Faruq Abu Issa, a spokesman for a coalition of opposition parties, referring to popular uprisings in Sudan in 1964 and 1985, which brought down the governments of their day. He said his colleagues were “preparing ourselves, like Tunisia and Egypt.”