Sudan’s top police officials fired after protests

Riot police officers hold position against protesters near the Parliament buildings in Omdurman, Khartoum, Sudan June 30, 2020. (Reuters)

Sudan’s police chief and his deputy were fired on Sunday, the transitional government said, days after large protests demanding more measures against officials linked to ousted President Omar al-Bashir.

Adel Mohamed Bashaer, director-general of Sudan’s Police Force was “relieved of his duties” and replaced with Ezz Eldin Sheikh Ali, Prime Minister Abdalla Hamdok said on Twitter without elaborating.

Later, the cabinet said in a statement that Othman Mohamed Younes, Bashaer’s deputy, was also dismissed. No further details were given.

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One person was killed and several others injured during largely peaceful demonstrations across Sudan on Tuesday, as tens of thousands of people took to the streets demanding faster reform and a greater role for civilians in the country’s transition towards democracy.

Sudanese demonstrators carrying a drum gesture as smoke billows from burning tires during a protest on Sixty street in the east of the capital Khartoum, on June 30, 2020. (AFP)

Sudanese demonstrators carrying a drum gesture as smoke billows from burning tires during a protest on Sixty street in the east of the capital Khartoum, on June 30, 2020. (AFP)

Protesters and pro-democracy groups link the two fired police officials with the administration of al-Bashir, who was removed from power in April 2019 after months of protests.

The two men could not be immediately reached for comment.

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