Reinstated Sudanese PM Hamdok dismisses police chiefs

Medics say dozens of individuals have been killed as safety forces sought to crush weeks of anti-coup protests.

Sudan’s reinstated Prime Minister Abdalla Hamdok has changed the nation’s police chiefs, in a move that got here after greater than 40 folks have been killed in a crackdown on pro-democracy protests following a army coup final month.

Army chief General Abdel Fattah al-Burhan on October 25 dissolved the nation’s transitional authorities as safety forces detained dozens of politicians, together with Hamdok, and activists. However, after worldwide condemnation and mass protests, he reinstated the prime minister in a November 21 deal that was slammed by the nation’s pro-democracy motion protesting towards the army’s involvement in politics.

Medics say at the very least 42 folks have been killed as safety forces sought to crush weeks of anti-coup demonstrations, with protests persevering with even after Hamdok’s launch from home arrest and return to his put up final week.

On Saturday, Hamdok mentioned in a press release he had sacked the director-general of the police, Khaled Mahdi Ibrahim al-Emam, and his deputy, Ali Ibrahim.

In their place, he appointed Anan Hamed Mohamed Omar with Abdelrahman Nasreddine Abdallah as his deputy.

Doctors have accused safety forces of focusing on protesters within the “head, neck and torso” with stay ammunition, in addition to with rubber-coated bullets and tear gasoline canisters.

The police have denied reviews they opened fireplace utilizing stay bullets.

In addition, tons of of political activists, journalists, protesters and bystanders watching the rallies have been arrested in latest weeks, and stay in custody.

The protests this week have opposed Hamdok’s resolution to signal the accord with the army, with some calling it a betrayal or saying it supplies political cowl for the takeover.

“Despite the fact that [Saturday’s move] could be a step taken by the prime minister to appease the streets … it is not clear if that could have any impact,” mentioned Al Jazeera’s Hiba Morgan, reporting from Khartoum.

“Especially because the anger is directed at the agreement and the fact that the prime minister signed an agreement in the first place,” she added.

While a number of civilian leaders have been launched since final Sunday’s deal, key figures are additionally nonetheless in detention.

The settlement raised hopes for some that Sudan will be capable of return to its tenuous transition course of in place following the 2019 removing of longtime ruler Omar al-Bashir within the wake of mass protests towards his rule.

Prior to final month’s coup, Sudan’s transitional authorities was composed of the sovereign council, a joint military-civilian physique headed by al-Burhan, and a civilian cupboard led by Hamdok. The army was attributable to hand over the governing council’s management to a civilian within the coming months.

The deputy head of the sovereign council, General Mohamed Hamdan Dagalo, informed Al Jazeera in an unique interview that aired on Friday that Hamdok was conscious of final month’s army takeover earlier than it occurred and was “completely agreeable” to it.

Following the deal he signed with al-Burhan, Hamdok informed Al Jazeera he would type a “technocratic government” made up of certified professionals to steer the nation to elections by June 2023.

The prime minister mentioned he partnered with the army so as to “stop the bloodshed” and “not squander the gains of the last two years”.

The deal lays down a “clear date” for Sudan’s first free elections in three a long time slated for July 2023, Hamdok added.