Sources reported to Al-Arabiya that the Commander-in-Chief of the Sudanese Armed Forces, Lieutenant-General Abdel Fattah Al-Burhan, dismissed the Attorney General-designate Mubarak Mahmoud from his position, and seven prosecutors, after the decision to release a number of political detainees affiliated with the former regime, including the former Minister of Foreign Affairs during the era of Al-Bashir Ibrahim Ghandour, and the former director of media at the National Security Agency. Security and Intelligence Major General Muhammad Hamid Tabidi.
Security sources in Sudan reported on Sunday that Ibrahim Ghandour, head of Al-Bashir’s party, had been released. Al-Arabiya sources reported that those released from Al-Bashir’s regime had previously been released on September 8.
Sudanese media reported that the competent authorities had released a number of leaders of the former regime who were arrested months ago. The release included Major General Omar Nimr, the former commissioner of Khartoum, Engineer Fateh al-Rahman Muhammad Ibrahim, Khaled Muhammad Khair and five others.
This comes as the cautious calm returned to most of the streets of the Sudanese capital, Khartoum, on Sunday, after massive demonstrations in several cities called by the gathering of professionals and the forces of freedom and change, as well as unions.
The Sudanese Doctors Committee had reported that 3 people were shot dead in Omdurman, the second largest city in the country, which was denied by the Sudanese authorities, who confirmed that 12 soldiers were injured in the protests.
The Sudanese police had denied firing any live bullets at the demonstrators, on Saturday. An advisor to the Sudanese army commander stated that some of the wounded soldiers were in serious condition.
However, eyewitnesses stated that the security forces fired tear gas and live bullets as hundreds of thousands gathered in the streets of the capital, Khartoum.
In an important development, some unconfirmed reports, coming from Sudan, stated that the authorities there summoned the British ambassador in Khartoum, Giles Leifer, after statements in which he said that his country “strongly condemns” the measures taken by the army in Sudan, and called for “the release of all political prisoners.
The main slogan of Saturday’s demonstrations was “Apostasy is impossible”, in reference to the refusal to return to the months before the uprising that ended with the overthrow of former President Omar al-Bashir in April 2019 and the formation of a transitional authority of civilians and military entrusted with managing the country’s affairs until the handover of power to a government Democratically elected in 2023.
It is noteworthy that the commander of the Sudanese army, Lieutenant-General Abdel Fattah Al-Burhan, announced last Monday, the dissolution of the government and the Sovereign Council, and the suspension of some provisions of the constitutional document.
The security forces arrested a number of ministers and government officials, as well as leaders of several parties and the Forces for Freedom and Change.
This came after weeks of tension between the military and civilian components, partners in the transitional government in the country, since the removal of al-Bashir.
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