General al-Burhane sacked his opponent, Hemeti, from his post as vice-president of the Transitional Sovereignty Council of the Republic of Sudan. And designated Malik Agar in his place.
Between Hemeti and General Abdel Fattah al-Burhane, divorce is largely consummated. The president of the Military Sovereignty Council and his ex-number 2 are now at war. And that is not likely to work out, despite the talks between the two camps. General al-Burhane therefore decided to officially end Dogolo's functions and appoint a new vice-president. The post of number 2 will be ensured by Malik Agar, indicates a press release from the Council of Sovereignty.
Malik Agar's CV has its origins on the Blue Nile side: the former rebel is now the leader of the Sudan People's Liberation Movement-North. In 2012, interviewed by RFI, when he led the Sudanese Revolutionary Front, Agar explained that "changing the regime in Khartoum" - that of Omar el-Bashir - was his "ultimate goal". At the time, Agar claimed to have on his side 40 fighters, who had fought for the independence of the South, as well as several rebel movements in Darfur.
Close to former South Sudanese rebel leader John Garang, who died in 2005, Agar ended up laying down his arms before becoming governor of his native province of Blue Nile. But, on al-Bashir's orders, Hagar had been deposed and had to flee to the south of the country. He then called, from his exile, to “create a democratic government, which allows a broad sharing of power, a Constitution which is accepted by all Sudanese to have a viable State”.
Malik Agar also campaigned for secularism and for the end of ethnic conflicts: “We must be Sudanese before being religious. We must be Sudanese before being Arabs. You have to be Sudanese before being Funj or Nouba. This is our fundamental principle. We have to see ourselves as Sudanese. And we must create a Sudanese state with a full and complete democracy that allows anyone, every man and every woman to exercise the religion that he or she wishes. (…) You cannot build Sudan on ethnicity”.
Already appointed member of the Sovereignty Council of Sudan in February 2021, Agar therefore takes the lead. A nice touch from al-Burhane: the general points to a man who, although he was a rebel, is appreciated by the international community. Last July, it was he who met the envoy of the European Union for the Horn of Africa, Anita Weber. He also received several diplomats, French or British among others. His historical opposition to Omar al-Bashir is also a plus at a time when al-Burhane was accused by Dogolo of perpetuating the ousted dictator's former regime.