Death of Sudanese Defence Minister comes as a set back

Sudanese Defence Minister, General Jamal al-Din Omar died of a heart attack in the capital city of Juba, South Sudan on March 25.

The Sudanese Army spokesman confirmed that the Defence Minister was suffering from chronic illnesses.

General Jamal al-Din Omar was the head of the Transitional Council’s Security and Defence Committee before becoming the Defence Minister. General Abdel Fattah al-Burhane, the President of South Sudan appointed him as the head of the Transitional Council’s Security and Defence Committee in May.

General Jamal al-Din Omar became the head of the Defence Ministry after the fall of President Omar al-Bashir. His position allowed him to play a vital role in the ongoing peace negotiations between the Sudanese Transitional Government and the armed factions that took part in the unrest in Darfur.

The death of the top official is a major setback for the country as on March 23 only, prior to his death, the Defence Minister has expressed confidence that an agreement with the rebel forces would soon be signed to establish a national army.

President General Abdel Fattah al-Burhan, said he mourned the death of General Jamal al-Din Omar “who died while struggling for the stability of Sudan”. The statement could be viewed in reference to talks with rebels to end Sudan’s years-long civil wars.

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