New Blue Nile governor Al-Hadi Bushra smiles
as he holds Sudan’s defense minister
The Sudanese president Omer Hassan Al-Bashir has issued a degree appointing a new governor for the country’s unrest-hit southern state of Blue Nile, state media reported on Tuesday.
Lieutenant-general Al-Hadi Bushra was named governor of Blue Nile which has been racked by clashes between Sudan’s army (SAF) and fighters of the armed opposition Sudan People’s Liberation Movement North since 1 September.
Bushra will take over from the state’s interim military ruler who was appointed following the declaration of a state of emergency in Blue Nile and sacking of the state’s elected governor and the SPLM-N’s chairman Malik Aggar.
The new appointee is a former oppositionist who was associated with the National Umma Party of former prime minister Al-Sadiq al-Mahdi.
He left the country after the 1989’s coup which brought Al-Bashir to power, at which point he was serving as a director of military intelligence in the army.
However, he later made peace with the government and returned to Sudan in 1996.
Since that point, he served several stints in the government, including as a minister of roads and bridges and governor of some states.