Sudan fires scores of diplomats allegedly linked to Bashir

Gen. Mohamed Hamdan Dagalo, the deputy head of the military council, second right, speaks at a press conference in Khartoum, Sudan, Tuesday, April 30, 2019. Sudan’s ruling military council warned protesters against any further “chaos” as organizers call for mass rallies later this week. Dagalo, better known by his nickname "Hemedti, said Tuesday that council members “are committed to negotiate, but no chaos after today” and he called on protesters to open roads and railways. (AP Photo)

Sudan has fired scores of diplomats for alleged links to the administration of toppled President Omar al-Bashir, a legal committee said on Saturday.

Members of Sudan’s sovereign council at the swearing in on August 21, 2019./Reuters

The Empowerment Removal Committee was formed under a law introduced in November to dismantle the system built by Bashir, who was ousted in April last year after nearly three decades in power.

“One-hundred-and-nine ambassadors, diplomats and administrators were fired from the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, and those were appointed through political and social empowerment,” Mohamed al-Faki, deputy head of the committee, told a news conference in the capital, Khartoum.

Some of the diplomats were appointed by Bashir himself and the others were picked through his now dissolved National Congress Party, said Taha Othman, a member of the committee.

Earlier this month, the committee dissolved the boards of the country’s central bank and 11 other state-owned banks and fired the managers of eight of the banks.

It also seized the assets of the former ruling party last month.