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Sudanese Rapid Reaction Force Commander Confirms Control over Bases

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Khartoum, April 15 – The deputy head of the Sudanese Sovereignty Council, the commander of the country’s rapid reaction force, Mohamed Dagalo, said in an interview with Al-Jazeera satellite channel that his forces maintain control of all of its bases.
the News Agency’s correspondent in Sudan had earlier announced the start of clashes between the Rapid Response Forces and the regular army in the Sudanese capital, Khartoum.
“The forces continue to control all of their bases,” the armed forces said in a statement. “The rest of the reports are false.”
According to Dagalo, the RRF “defends democracy and the people of Sudan”. He also promised to bring the head of the Sovereignty Council and army commander, Abdel Fattah Burhan, whom he described as a “criminal”, to justice.
Earlier, the Sudanese Armed Forces said that fighter jets had attacked bases of the Rapid Response Forces in the vicinity of Khartoum, and that their fighters had “lay down their weapons and fled.”
The Sudanese Rapid Response Force had earlier announced its control of the Republic Palace (the presidential palace) in Khartoum, the capital’s international airport and the air base in Meroe. In a widely circulated statement, the Rapid Response Force accused the country’s regular army of attacking its base in Khartoum “using all kinds of weapons”. The army and the Sudanese General Security Service described the Rapid Response Forces as a rebel force and accused them of attacking government and strategic facilities.

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On Thursday evening, the Sudanese army issued a sharp statement, in which it indicated that the deployment of the rapid reaction forces in Khartoum and a number of cities “is illegal and took place without coordination and coordination with the armed forces.” The reason for the army’s statement, according to media reports, is the sudden deployment of detachments of the Rapid Response Forces near the airport in the city of Marawi, in the north of the country.
Al Arabiya also reported, citing sources, that the Sudanese army is also deploying units to Marawi “in case of insecurity.” According to his sources, the Sudanese Armed Forces gave the Rapid Response Forces a certain time to leave the city. In turn, the Rapid Response Forces themselves declared that their presence in Marawi is part of the fulfillment of their tasks and duties.
Last week, the Forces for Freedom and Change, the leading opposition movement in Sudan, announced a new postponement of the signing of the final political agreement establishing a transitional civilian authority in Sudan, due to the lack of agreement between the military parties.
According to Sudanese media, the reason for postponing the signing of the political agreement is the contradictions between the Sudanese army, led by the head of the country’s Sovereignty Council, Abdel Fattah Burhan, and the paramilitary units – the Rapid Response Force, headed by Deputy Al-Burhan in the Sovereignty Council, Muhammad Dagalo.
Between the commander of the Sudanese Armed Forces and the commander of the Rapid Response Forces, who were personally subordinate to former head of state Omar al-Bashir before the overthrow of the head of state, there are disagreements about the integration of the Sudanese armed forces. forces in the ranks of the army. This clause is considered one of the most controversial in the agreement that the two parties discussed.
In December 2022, the Sudanese army and opposition movements signed a political framework agreement providing for the establishment of a transitional civilian authority in the country. The signed agreement provides for the appointment of a prime minister, the adoption of an interim constitution, and a subsequent transitional period of two years, followed by general elections. The head of Sudan’s Sovereignty Council, Abdel Fattah Burhan, said after signing an agreement with the opposition that the army would not participate in the country’s political life.

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