The head of Sudan’s National Intelligence and Security Service (NISS) Salah Ghosh submitted his resignation on Saturday, according to a statement by the Transitional Military Council.
“The chief of the Transitional Military Council, Abdel Fattah al-Burhan, has accepted the resignation of… the chief of NISS,” the Transitional Military Council said.
Ghosh had overseen a sweeping crackdown led by NISS agents against protesters taking part in four months of mass demonstrations that led up to the toppling of President Omar al-Bashir in a palace coup by the army on Thursday. Thousands of protesters, opposition activists and journalists were arrested.
Ghosh’s resignation comes one day after Awad Mohamed Ahmed Ibn Auf stepped down as head of the Transitional Military Council amid protests that demand a swift handover to civilian rule. Ibn Auf named Burhan as his successor.
Sudan’s opposition Freedom and Change Alliance urged the new leadership of the Transitional Military Council to transfer power to a transitional civilian government on Friday, calling on the protesters to continue their sit-in before the army’s general headquarters.
The Transitional Military Council has promised that the new government will be composed of civilians. It also said Bashir would not be handed to the International Criminal Court for trial.
China said it believes that “Sudan has the ability to handle internal affairs and safeguard the peace and stability of the country.”