Prime Minister Abdullah Hamdok said on Saturday he had replaced Sudanese police chiefs after more than 40 people were killed in a crackdown on protests following last month’s military coup.
The military leader, General Abdel Fattah al-Burhan, seized power and detained Hamdok on October 25, but after international condemnation and mass protests, he reinstated the prime minister in a November 21 deal.
Doctors say at least 42 people have been killed as security forces sought to crush weeks of anti-coup protests, with protests continuing even after Hamdok was released from house arrest and his returned to his post last week.
On Saturday, Hamdok announced that he had sacked the director general of police, Khaled Mahdi Ibrahim al-Emam, and his deputy, Ali Ibrahim.
In their place, he appointed Anan Hamed Mohamed Omar with Abdelrahman Nasreddine Abdallah as his deputy, the prime minister said in a statement.
Doctors accused security forces of targeting protesters in the “head, neck and torso” with live ammunition, as well as rubber bullets and tear gas canisters.
Police have denied reports that they opened fire with live ammunition.
In addition, hundreds of political activists, journalists, protesters and passers-by observing the rallies have been arrested in recent weeks and remain in detention.
While several civilian leaders have been released since the agreement last Sunday, key figures also remain in detention.
The deal has raised hopes for some that Sudan will be able to return to its tenuous transition process.
But critics called the deal a “whitewash” of the coup, with some protesters accusing Hamdok of “treason” by signing it.
Hamdok, who has led a transitional government since the 2019 ousting of longtime autocratic leader Omar al-Bashir, said on Wednesday he had partnered with the military to “stop the bloodshed” and “not to waste the gains of the last two years”. .
The deal he signed with Burhan sets a “clear date” for Sudan’s first free elections in three decades, slated for July 2023, the prime minister said.
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