The head of the Sudanese Sovereignty Council, Abdel Fattah al-Burhan, announced this Friday, May 19, 2023, the dismissal of Mohamed Hamdan Dogolo (Hemidti), vice-president of the Council, and appointed Malik Agar to replace him. This decision comes after violent clashes between army forces and the Rapid Support Forces in several parts of the country.
Sudan has been embroiled in a political and security crisis for several weeks, with large-scale fighting between the army led by Abdel Fattah al-Burhan and the Rapid Support Forces led by Mohamed Hamdan Dogolo, better known as Hemidti . These clashes led to an escalation of violence and exacerbated tensions within the Sovereignty Council.
This Friday, the head of the Council, Abdel Fattah al-Burhan, issued a constitutional decree deposing Hemidti as vice president. This decision marks a significant break in the composition of the Sovereignty Council and illustrates the growing divisions within the Sudanese government. Hemidti, who played a key role in the repression of the previous regime, has recently been accused by certain factions of the army of seeking to consolidate his power and of obstructing the process of democratic transition.
Malik Agar appointed
Malik Agar, member of the Sovereignty Council and leader of the People’s Movement (North), has been appointed to replace Hemidti as vice-president. Agar is a respected figure and a key player in the Juba Peace Agreement, signed in October 2020. His appointment aims to ease tensions and restore balance within the Sovereignty Council.
The removal of Hemidti and the appointment of Agar are likely to have significant political and security repercussions in Sudan. As the country attempts to recover from years of dictatorship and internal conflict, this fragile political transition is being tested. It remains to be seen how these developments will influence the dynamics of the opposing forces and the future of the democratic transition process.