Sudanese President Omar al-Bashir has sacked his deputy and long-time ally Bakri Hassan Saleh, replacing him with Defence Minister General Awad Ibnouf as he also appointed a new prime minister a day after declaring a yearlong state of emergency to counter protests calling for his removal from office.
Bashir elevated the Governor of eastern Gezira state, Mohamed Tahir Ayala, to the prime minister, a presidential decree said on Saturday.
Ibnouf was involved in the coup that brought Bashir to power three decades ago, while Ayala has previously been touted by the Sudanese leader as his potential successor.
Al Jazeera’s Ijeoma Ndukwe reports.
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