Sudan: former premier Sadiq al-Mahdi redux

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The country’s top opposition leader and former premier Sadiq al-Mahdi called for Sudan to join the international criminal court. An agreement has been reached in principle to form a joint civilian-military council, but not on the division of seats in the new body, with the military apparently insisting on a majority of seats. Western governments have expressed support for the protesters’ demands, but Sudan’s key Gulf lenders back the military council.

Sudan has seen this movie play out before. In 1985, Siwar al-Dahab became chairman of a transitional military council after he had ousted President Gaafar Nimeiry in a coup. After elections, he surrendered power to prime minister Sadiq al-Mahdi. Dr. WILLOW BERRIDGE, lecturer Newcastle University

 

[Apeil 17 2019 al-Bashir in Kobar Prison ] 

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Kobar Prison, Khartoum Sudan

Omar al-Bashir has been moved to Kobar prison. Kobar Prison is next to University of Khartoum and is located in Khartoum State, Sudan. Kobar Prison has a length of 0.65 kilometres. But it is divided in separate ways

Sudan’s ruling Transitional Military Council ordered the “suspension of the transfer of ownership of any shares until further notice and for any large or suspect transfers of shares or companies to be reported” to authorities.

[April 13 2019 an internal dilemma between security forces ]

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April 8 2019 Army protects crowd from Security force

April 15 2019 Lieutenant General Adam Harun Idris named as head of the Joint Operations Command

April 10 2019 The eruption of violence between different armed government forces is a major development in the four-month long protest movement against the president, said Magdi el-Gizouli, a fellow at the Rift Valley Institute, a think tank based in Kenya.

“In a way, it has been turned into an internal dilemma between security forces,” said Mr. el-Gizouli, who is Sudanese.

During his long rule, Mr. al-Bashir has bolstered security forces outside the military’s command structures — which has prevented any one security organ from growing powerful enough to challenge him. He has built up the National Intelligence and Security Service and also supported the Arab militias known as janjaweed that have more recently been constituted as the Rapid Support Forces.

[April 13 2019 Lt Gen Mohamed Hamdan Dagalo ]
dagalo - Edited On April 13 the army named Lt Gen Mohamed Hamdan Dagalo as the deputy head of the Transitional Military Council, from the feared Janjaweed militia.

“As part of the Yemen portfolio Burhan worked closely with Sudan’s paramilitary Rapid Support Forces[Janjaweed]. It is with the support of this group that “he now appears to have come to power”, Willow Berridge

The Secretary-General of the rebel SPLM-N confirmed this on Sunday. “We received specific and detailed information about a plan drawn by [President] Omar Al Bashir and his security apparatus to finance the Janjaweed, reconstituted as the Rapid Support Forces, from funds provided to Sudan by the EU,” Yasir Arman said in a statement. [2016]

Bashir, Auf, Gosh out —  Umma party ‘s Sadiq   ]

Salah Gosh, Sudan’s powerful security and intelligence chief, resigned April 12 2019
Defence Minister Awad Ibn Auf announced his withdrawal on state TV. He named as his successor Lt Gen Abdel Fattah Abdelrahman Burhan. Younger officers and rank and file will have been emboldened by their role and public reception during the protests. Will they be content to allow the Mr Bashir generation monopolise military power?

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Assistant of the President of the Republic, Gen Abdul Rahaman Al Sadiq Al Mahdi

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Sudanese President Omar al-Bashir was deposed by the army on April 11 2019 and consultations were under way to form a transitional council to run the country. He is 75, and was at the presidential residence under “heavy guard”. Bashir was being held with “a number of leaders of the terrorist Muslim Brotherhood group”.

A principal opposition figure is Assistant of the President of the Republic, Gen Abdul Rahaman Al Sadiq Al Mahdi .
He is the paternal grandson of Sayyid Abd al-Rahman al-Mahdi, founder of the Umma party and great-grandson of Muhammad Ahmad, the Sudanese sufi sheikh of the Ansar and self-proclaimed Mahdi who led the Mahdist War to reclaim Sudan from Anglo-Egyptian rule.

Since December, Sudan has been rocked by persistent protests sparked by the government’s attempt to raise the price of bread, and an economic crisis that has led to fuel and cash shortages

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Bashir deposed Sadiq 1989

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Sudanese President Omar al-Bashir with Egypt’s Sisi, right

 

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