Sudan’s Burhan to Restructure Army, Rapid Support Forces
Chairman of Sudan's sovereign council, General Abdel Fattah al-Burhan, pledged on Saturday to restructure the army and Rapid Support Forces (RSF) in line with the needs of the transitional phase.
“We will all work on restructuring the military and the rapid respond forces to guarantee their development in respect with the current and future needs and in line with the mission for which those forces were first established,” he said during a military graduation ceremony in Omdurman
He also pledged to be responsible for reorganizing and structuring those forces according to the constitution.
The RSF is headed by Mohamed Hamdan Dagolo, who is also deputy Chairman of the Sovereign Council.
Burhan noted that Sudan is on the verge of a new phase.
“During this transitional phase, we seek to build a regular, professional and specialized force capable of achieving its national duties,” he said.
He pledged that the forces would work on protecting Sudan during the transitional phase.
In October, Burhan ordered a major army restructure, appointing General Mohamed Osman al-Hussein as chief of staff. He also promoted a number of officers to the rank of colonel and referred others to retirement.
His orders were consistent with the provisions of the constitutional document governing the transitional phase, which granted military and security services the authority to restructure the army and other security forces.
For his part, Dagolo told the that the armed forces and RSF are bound by duty to protect the democratic process in Sudan, which will eventually lead to the staging of free and transparent elections.