Sudan: Foreign minister Ali al-Sadiq dismissed

Sudan: Foreign minister Ali al-Sadiq dismissed
Sudan: Foreign minister Ali al-Sadiq dismissed

The Sudanese cabinet removed Sudan Foreign Minister Ali al-Sadiq on Wednesday night and replaced him with Deputy Minister Hussein Awad, state-run television said in a statement.

The cabinet issued the decision without specifying the reasons for the changes.

Military leader Gen. Abdel Fattah al-Burhan appointed al-Sadiq the foreign minister on Jan. 21, 2022, as part of a cabinet with 15 ministers, following the October 2021 coup, which included the dissolution of the Sovereignty Council and the Transitional Government and the declaration of a state of emergency.

Awad was appointed deputy foreign minister in December and previously served as ambassador to Zambia and Uganda.

Gen. Al-Burhan has also appointed retired Major General Mohamed Ahmed Hassan as the new governor of Gedaref. A prominent military figure, he previously served as mayor of a border town with Ethiopia.

The military leader also removed Mohammed Musa from his position as governor of Kassala State and replaced him with Major General Al-Sadiq Mohamed.

Musa’s sacking reportedly stemmed from his refusal to cooperate with the native administration, leading to friction with a prominent Hadandawa community leader.

The Sudanese army and the paramilitary Rapid Support Forces (RSF) have been engaged in a war since last April that has resulted in 15,000 deaths and more than 8 million displaced and refugees, according to the UN.

Since the start of the civil war, thousands of homes, schools, hospitals, and other vital civilian structures have been destroyed, plunging the country into a severe humanitarian crisis, and creating the world’s largest displacement crisis.


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