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Sudan announces major reshuffle in top army posts

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June 20, 2013, (KHARTOUM) - The Sudanese Armed Forces (SAF) announced today that it has retired the military chief of staff and other senior officers after they have reached the retirement age.

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FILE - Sudanese President Omer al-Bashir, in full military dress, greets army officers as as he visits the military hospital, in Khartoum, Sudan, Thursday April 22, 2010. (AP Photo/Abd Raouf)

SAF spokesman Colonel al-Sawarmi Khalid Sa’ad said that Lieutenant General Mustafa Osman Obeid will replace Colonel General Esmat Abdel-Rahman as the army’s new Chief of Staff. General Hashim Abdullah Mohamed Hassan was appointed as the deputy Chief of Staff.

Lieutenant General Mohamed Graham Omer Sha’oul was appointed as the new SAF General Inspector, General Ismail Breima Abdel-Samad as the Chief of Staff of the Air Force, General Ahmed Abdalla al-Naw as the Chief of Staff of the Land Forces, General Emad al-Deen Mustafa Adawi as the Chairman of the Joint Operations Staff, General Daleel al-Daw Mohamed Fadlalla as the Chief of Staff of the Navy, General Sideeg Amer Hassan Ali as the Chairman of the Intelligence and Security and General Al-Sayed Ali Sir al-Khatim Mustafa as the Director of the Medical Services Administration.

Col. Al-Sawarmi said that other unnamed officers at several senior ranks were either promoted or sent to retirement "in the context of the annual routine work at the SAF" and "succession of generations and to provide opportunities to others"

Sudanese president Omer Hassan al-Bashir also met today with the outgoing and the new chiefs of staffs, he added.

The role of the Sudanese army has been under the microscope lately given stepped up attacks by rebel groups in Darfur, South Kordofan and North Kordofan state.

In late April, Sudan Revolutionary Front (SRF) rebels, who aim to topple the regime of President Omer Hassan al-Bashir, took control of Abu-Kershola as part of a wide offensive that saw them briefly occupying North Kordofan second largest town of Um Rawaba.

The attack was significant given the fact that rebel activity has been mostly limited to the states of Darfur, Blue Nile and South Kordofan. Residents said that the rebels were met with little resistance from government forces there.

This month the powerful presidential assistant Nafie Ali Nafie said in rare remarks that the army is struggling to deal with rebels and stressed the need to boost recruitment and support for the military.

But at the time al-Sawarmi said in a subtle response to Nafie that the army has protected the capital from falling at the hands of the rebels.

"I emphasize that the Sudanese army is the one deterring any outlaw and if it wasn’t for the Sudanese army deterring outlaws whether they belonged to the so-called [Sudan] revolutionary front and other rebel movements, these movements have now seized the city of Khartoum and the regime would have totally collapsed" al-Sawarmi told Sudan Radio Service (SRS).

"The truth is that the army protects the homeland and this does not need us to confirm," he added.

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  • 21 June 2013 13:35, by Paul Ongee

    The reshuffle in the top army is not a problem, but ending the war in the troubled Sudan is a major issue. Futile military campaigns should be stopped if Khartoum is serious about bringing peace in Darfur, SK and BN.

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    • 21 June 2013 14:42, by moto

      I do agree with you Paul,the problem of Sudan is not base on officers,but on regime.Bashir should stop war and concentrate on economic like Darfur people who are living in abject poverty.

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  • 21 June 2013 16:00, by Rev. Asist

    we need peace and everybody in the world looking for that
    thanks

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  • 22 June 2013 01:46, by wieu-madiak

    Hello Bashir do you think that the reshufflig of the top officials special SPLA Spoke person from your army will solve the problems in sudan, bad decisions you are about to weaken your government, Yaa chicken Bashir,if you want to open the gate then you should not use padlock to open the keys but you should use keys to open padlock. Now reshufflling is not a key

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    • 22 June 2013 02:41, by aguotwany@live.com

      Madiak, this shit Jalabas in Khartoum they are done infact according to these changes in Khartoum and good news is that chief of grneral staff, General Esmat is dead and Khartoum do not want to admit to it. Where is he after he visited Korchela in Southern Kordfan when he came under attack from our brothers from Nuba Mountains & Blue Nile committed mission . He still snoring now ?

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  • 22 June 2013 03:09, by Wikileak

    Bravo Bashir is not sleeping like his counterpart Salva Kiir where the National army, the SPLA spent months without being paid, but rather the money is diverted and by Division Commanders with impunity, food supplies meant for the army just end up at Konyokonyo market, sold by junior officers, where on earth does a mere sergeant army cashier build a villa? 7 millions stolen by Northern Sudanese De

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  • 22 June 2013 03:19, by Wikileak

    Con: Deng Alor would have bought 3 jet fighters, I call him Northern Sudanese because Abyei geographically according to 1956 map falls in the North, these are facts and nobody can dispute that. James Hoth Mai should have been sacked because is corrupt to the core, he doesnt know the parade of SPLA upto now

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  • 22 June 2013 03:29, by Wikileak

    That is the reason why I left the active SPLA Military service and came to Australia because since the death of Garang, the charismatic and visionary leader, visionless and corrupt leaders sprunk up, where on earth does the whole Militia almost 3 thousand be incorporated with their ranks? Not even mere private came with Olony, when not promoting those who never defected since 1983?

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  • 22 June 2013 03:39, by Wikileak

    This is the project of James Hoth, Riek and his former Nasir faction to inflate the rank and file of the SPLA with Nuer so that they can stage a coup de dat at daylight. This is a brewing scheme, all the Divisiom commanders to the Battalions, companies, platoons and upto squad levels are not from any other tribe in South Sudan but only Nuers and these are orders from Hoth, Kong and Riek.

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    • 22 June 2013 07:44, by william mawien

      It is ok lost boy . It is non of your business . You are just an immigrant refugee in Australia,where will you go after you are evacuated from Australia
      foolish lost boy any way brush the dog’s mouth so that you can survive we already know about you lol

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