Sudan Dismisses Top Police Officials Ahead of Protests

Published July 6th, 2020 - 07:30 GMT
A demonstrator stands with a sign reading in Arabic "sacking the chief of police is a popular demand #WeAreAllNertiti", during a protest outside the Sudanese Professionals Association in the Garden City district of Sudan's capital Khartoum on July 4, 2020, in solidarity with the people of the Nertiti region of Central Darfur province in the country's southwest. ASHRAF SHAZLY / AFP
A demonstrator stands with a sign reading in Arabic "sacking the chief of police is a popular demand #WeAreAllNertiti", during a protest outside the Sudanese Professionals Association in the Garden City district of Sudan's capital Khartoum on July 4, 2020, in solidarity with the people of the Nertiti region of Central Darfur province in the country's southwest. ASHRAF SHAZLY / AFP

Sudan's police chief and his deputy were fired on Sunday, the transitional government said, days after large protests demanding more measures against officials linked to ousted President Omar al-Bashir.

Adel Mohamed Bashaer, director-general of Sudan's Police Force was "relieved of his duties" and replaced with Ezz Eldin Sheikh Ali, Prime Minister Abdalla Hamdok said on Twitter without elaborating.

Later, the cabinet said in a statement that Othman Mohamed Younes, Bashaer's deputy, was also dismissed. No further details were given.

 

One person was killed and several others injured during largely peaceful demonstrations across Sudan on Tuesday, as tens of thousands of people took to the streets demanding faster reform and a greater role for civilians in the country's transition towards democracy.

Protesters and pro-democracy groups link the two fired police officials with the administration of Bashir, who was removed from power in April 2019 after months of protests.

This article has been adapted from its original source.


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