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Sudan’s Bashir conducts major reshuffle in top army posts

June 1, 2015 (KHARTOUM) - The Sudanese president Omer Hassan al-Bashir has relieved on Monday the military chief of staff and other senior officers hours before his swearing-in ceremony for a new term in office.

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Sudanese president Omer Hassan al-Bashir (ASHRAF SHAZLY/AFP/Getty Images)

Sudan Armed Forces (SAF) spokesperson, Colonel al-Sawarmi Khalid Sa’ad, said in a statement Monday the changes come in the context of the annual routine work at the SAF, saying that Bashir met with the outgoing chiefs of staffs and thanked them for their services.

He said that Lieutenant General Mustafa Osman Obeid Salim has been appointed the army’s new Chief of Staff. Lieutenant General Ismail Breima Abdel-Samad has replaced Lieutenant General Hashim Abdallah Mohamed Hassan as the deputy Chief of Staff.

Lieutenant General Ahmed Abdalla al-Naw has replaced Lieutenant General Mohamed Graham Omer Sha’oul as the SAF General Inspector, General Isam Mubarak Habib Allah Ibrahim has been appointed as the Chief of Staff of the Air Force and General Ibrahim Mohamed Al-Hassan as the Chairman of the Joint Operations Staff.

The state minister of defence Lieutenant General, Yahia Mohamed Khair Ahmed, has been appointed as the Chief of Staff of the Land Forces while General Ali Mohamed Salim has replaced General Sideeg Amer Hassan Ali as the Chairman of the Intelligence and Security.

General Fath al-Rahman Muhi al-Din Salih Mohamed has replaced Lieutenant General Dalil al-Daw Mohamed Fadlalla as the Chief of Staff of the Navy.

The vice-president of Karari University Lieutenant General Salah al-Din Ahmed Abas was also referred to retirement.

According to the statement, General Emad al-Din Mustafa Adawi has been appointed as director of international relations department at the defence ministry while General Ahmed Ali Osman was appointed as director of human resources department at the ministry.

The minister of defence, Abdel-Rahim Mohamed Hussein, for his part thanked the retirees for their efforts and outstanding performance, wishing the new chief of staff every success in the upcoming period.