Su­dan’s Bashir sacks army chief of staff

Arab News - - INTERNATIONAL -

KHARTOUM: Su­dan's Pres­i­dent Omar Bashir on Tues­day fired his mil­i­tary chief of staff as part of a “ma­jor” shake-up, the of­fi­cial SUNA news agency re­ported.

The agency said Lt. Gen. Emaded­din Adawi was “sacked” and the job of mil­i­tary chief of staff given to Lt. Gen. Ka­mal Ab­dul Maaruf, who was pre­vi­ously the army's in­spec­tor gen­eral.

“Ma­jor changes in the lead­er­ship of the armed forces and Lt. Gen. Ka­mal Ab­dul Maaruf mil­i­tary is (the new) chief of staff,” SUNA said.

It gave no rea­son for the shake-up, which comes just two weeks af­ter Bashir re­placed pow­er­ful in­tel­li­gence chief Mo­ham­mad Atta.

Atta was re­placed by Salah Ab­dal­lah Mo­hammed Salih, a for­mer head of the pow­er­ful Na­tional

Se­cu­rity Ser­vice.

Adawi had been mil­i­tary chief of staff since Fe­bru­ary 2016, when he re­placed an­other lieu­tenant gen­eral, Mustafa Obeid Salim, as the army bat­tled rebels in the Jebel Marra area of the western Dar­fur re­gion. In­tel­li­gence and

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