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Sudanese president reshuffles army leadership ahead of new government formation


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.


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  • 11 June 2010 04:28, by Samson

    MR. Kiir open your eyes the time is up now watch out. You better be perpare to retaliate with any out come. so try to remember 1988- 91 in Blue Nile, it will happen again if you not ready.
    Operate commond be alert, that is my message. Under core not be natatorim.

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  • 11 June 2010 04:30, by Samson

    This is sign you may not understand but I know it close to us.

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    • 11 June 2010 05:34, by Jeremiah Mach

      Samson, are you trying to portray yourself to be more of a military man than Kiir or what?. Elaborate your writting to make meaning, who in South Sudan don’t know that we are at war with North Sudan?. Nobody sir

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  • 11 June 2010 05:35, by Thyinka

    I don’t think this mean anything to Southern Sudan but if it does, there is nothing that can be done about it. I believe Southerners are ready to continue pursuing their just cause for a separate country through peace or war. It is up to Khartoum to choose peace and allow Southerners to make their own choice and abide by it.

    Another way to look at this reshuffle is that in case of separation, the army should not create a coup in the North since the top commanders owe their loyalty to Bashir. The popular opinion in the North is against the separation of the south and NCP need a way to manage the result of peaceful separation.

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    • 11 June 2010 06:39, by Machingela gai


      I thought Bashir had retired a while back in the army.
      It seems to me now that it was a trick Arabs used against SPLA to fight themselves over general title.

      I would like to know why Bashir is still wearing uniform as general?
      Was it more than a trick or what?

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      • 11 June 2010 09:10, by Aparana

        Be cool, this is an old picture, but Bashir is still the C-in- C of SAF by virtue of being the president of Sudan.


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  • 11 June 2010 07:02, by angokachuil

    Dear President Kiir be ready and organize the Southerners and preach unity to them

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    • 11 June 2010 07:28, by Angelo Ajiech Manyuat

      Dear readers,

      We don’t need to be panic about their army reshuffles because they mighty SPLA warriors will crush them to hell if they dare to attack us in the referedum. In fact, SPLA have the best generals who’re well trained and articulate in the war plan. Beside, SPLA are more equiped than they thought. We will do everything in our capacity to ensure that the referendum is conducted smoothly and on time. We don’t need to lose the vision of our late Dr. John Garang who brought us the lasting peace otherwise we all will die in vain.

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    • 11 June 2010 07:35, by pol d

      Where are people in South Sudan, some people always crying about Danka?
      is Corruption, and Dominate’ the government. We all see how big fish Omer reshuffles his army officers, without even hearing any
      Southern Names among those army. No Miajok, no Gatwech, no Wani, no Lam, no Tuto, please! Please! southern stop supporting Arab
      Now, it’s time to united behind our Commanders like great man
      James Hot Mai. SPLM/A Oyee!

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      • 11 June 2010 08:37, by Africano

        Mr. Pol D
        Did you not see Karbino Akec who is a Dinka from Gogrial

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      • 11 June 2010 08:48, by Mike Mike

        Is it are you crying now or you are advising Southerners to also equiped themselves for any attempt?. If what you are doing is a sort of awareness then you stop crying and be calm in your residing there is nothing is going to happen to us in the South. Bashir is now preparing to strenghtened his forces and i hope so all such kind of arrangement are also taking place in Southern military. We Southerners have managed to face Northerners when our military was still young and we have managed to achieved all what we were aiming for. So in this situation i hope nothing can happen again to our people as external insecurity since we have focres at the border lines.

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        • 11 June 2010 11:35, by Sudan virus

          Mike mike the SPLA had already equipped it self before the 2010 general election, and is ready to depend its territory.
          What fanicing are you talking about?

          This time every southern will joint the SPLA willingly, since they have already tasted the sweetness of freedom achieve in the government of south Sudan as the result of the CPA.

          The south is ever ready to react to any malpractice made against the scheduled 2011 referendum for them to confirm their independent state in Africa.

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  • 11 June 2010 10:42, by Thondet Manyang

    Dear Southerners,
    Lets be patient and wait the next move.
    What we know is only independent as it is known by the whole world.
    It is good that all the of us are aware of all these issues of war.
    What Bashir is doing is to give the operational unit to person he trusted because 2011 will be the last mission between Arab and Southern Sudanese. And we are all ready for that. He (Bashir) refuses to move out from Sudan, but one day one time things will be alright.

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    • 11 June 2010 11:22, by James

      War is looming,however,we are sure that we shall win, given the political and military situation in the North.Dar fur is at war ,Nuba mountains will not forget its matyres,Blue nile want to see its fate,eastern Sudan is ready to strike when the war breaks out in the South.Danagla have openly refused to be second citizens in their own country.Alluta contiunua

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      • 11 June 2010 11:42, by peter pal

        No matter whether they are reshuffled in case they can overcome referendum outcome to North, but the hidden agenda is- SAF is ready to chase out all separatists from their vision.

        Weren’t they (Kiir & Alor) who agreed with Devil in the DARK Khartoum signed the folk document and keep silent when backed to Bright Juba?

        Any one is ready to liberate enemies.
        Why does Kiir not reshuffle his UNIONIST military officers with SEPARATISTS?

        Good bless separatists

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  • 11 June 2010 11:27, by Padiet Deng Alony

    When bashir or arab reshuffle thier army no 5th column but when Lt Gen Kiir make minor reshuffle, all people cry and become renegade. let leave that habit Southerners and learn more.
    I know SPLA is matured enought to handle any external aggression more then before. eye with eye teeth with teeth zero tolerence to any devil who is against Southern Sudan separation.
    Southern Sudan Youths of Ten States are ready to sacrify themselves for any attempt.
    Long Live SPLA/SPLM
    Long Live Southern Nation
    Long Live Marginalized
    Long Live South Sudan Youth
    SPLA/M Abitiam

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