June 10, 2010 (KHARTOUM) — The Sudanese president Omer Hassan Al-Bashir today made changes among the highest ranks of his army yesterday, sending five generals into retirement as the country awaits the announcement of a new government following April’s elections. expected in the coming days.
- FILE - Sudanese President Omer al-Bashir (C) salutes flanked by Sudanese Air Force officers at a military function in Khartoum (AFP)
The army communiqué released today listed among them General Awad Mohamed Ahmed Ibn Auf, the outgoing deputy commander in chief who has been placed on the U.S. sanctions by former president George W. Bush administration since May 2007 for his alleged role in Darfur war crimes.
It also included Gen. Jaafar Mohamed Al-Hassan who is under U.N. Security Council (UNSC) sanctions along with three other individuals for the same reasons since 2006.
The Sudan Armed Forces (SAF) spokesperson, Al-Sawarmi Khalid Sa’ad, said today the reshuffle was part of regular promotion and retirement of the army senior staff.
The top military officers impacted by the presidential decision are the Chairman of the Joint Staff Command Gen. Mohamed Abdul-Gadir Nasr Al-Deen, Deputy Chairman of the Joint Staff Command, Gen. Awad Mohamed Ahmed Ibn-Auf, the Commander of the Marine Staff Command, Gen. Al-Zain Hamad Ballah, the Deputy Commander of Staff Command of the Land Forces, Gen. Jaafar Mohamed Al-Hassan and Deputy Inspector General Gen. Karbino Akec.
Bashir who received the retired five generals in his office at the army headquarters today, praised their great efforts exerted throughout their military service. The Defense minister Abdel-Rahim Mohamed Hussein lauded their strong services to the nation and its armed forces.
Furthermore, more than 2,000 junior officers in the various departments of SAF were promoted, besides retirement of some others.
In today’s decision the Sudanese President appointed Gen. Esmat Abdel-Rahman Zain Al-Abdeen, as new Joint chief Staff Command, and Air Gen. Ahmed Ali Ahmed Al-Faki as his Deputy and Gen. Ali Sharif Al-Tahir, as Inspector General.
Gen. Engineer, Mustafa Osman Obeid was appointed Chief of Staff of the Ground Forces, Air Gen. Mohydeen Ahmed Abdalla, is appointed as the Chief of Staff of the Air Forces and the Air Defence Forces and Marine Gen. Mohamed Fadl as the Chief of Staff of the Marine Forces.
Furthermore, Gen. Abdel-Rahman Mohamed Zain was appointed Secretary General of the Ministry of Defence replacing Gen. Al-Abbas Abdel-Rahman Khalifa, and Gen. Hashim Abdalla Mohamed Hassan is appointed the Director of the General Administration of Supply at the Ministry of Defence.
Gen. Esmat who is the new Joint chief Staff Command has been questioned by the International Criminal Court (ICC) teams in Sudan over the conduct of military operations in Darfur.
Sudan has been cooperating with the ICC between 2005-2007 in its investigations which ultimately led to charging president Bashir, a minister and a militia leader with war crimes. However, the government refused to surrender any of citizens to the Hague court and refused to recognize the jurisdiction of the ICC despite the UNSC resolution in 2005 referring the Darfur case there.