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Sudan’s al-Burhan appoints new spy chief

Chairman of Sudan's Transitional Military Council (TMC), General Abdel Fatah al-Burhan (File/Supplied/Nyamilepedia)
Chairman of Sudan’s Transitional Military Council (TMC), General Abdel Fatah al-Burhan (File/Supplied/Nyamilepedia)

January 17th 2020 (Nyamilepedia) – Sudan’s military ruler, Gen. Abdel Fattah al-Burhan, has appointed a new intelligence chief on Thursday after the resignation of the agency’s head following failed mutiny in the Sudanese capital Khartoum on Monday.

The former spy chief, Abu Bakr Damplab, submitted his resignation after a group of soldiers in the General Intelligence agency (formerly the National Intelligence and Security Services) mutinied in defiance to reforms introduced following then ouster of the country’s long-time ruler Omar al-Bashir.

On Thursday, al-Burhan accepted Damplab’s resignation and then appointed the head of the Military Intelligence, Lt-Gen Jamal Abdel-Majeed Qasim Alsayed, to replace him, according to the spokesman of the Sovereign Council Mohamed al-Faki.

“After consultations with all the concerned parties, Lt-Gen Jamal Abdel-Majeed Qasim Alsayed, head of the Armed Forces Intelligence Agency, has been appointed Director of the General Intelligence Service,” he said.

For his part, Prime Minister Abdallah Hamdok confirmed on his Facebook and Twitter accounts the appointment stressing that the decision was taken jointly by the Council of Ministers and the Sovereign Council.

“In search of stability for Sudan, and after discussions with Lt. Gen Burhan, I am glad to announce our joint decision to accept the resignation of Gen Abu-Bakr Damplab from his post as Director Gen of the General Intelligence Services & to appoint Gen Jamal Abdelmajeed instead,” he wrote to underscore the “successful partnership” between the civil-military tandem in Sudan.

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