Abdel Fattah al-Burhan

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Abdel Fattah al-Burhan
عبد الفتاح البرهان
Burhan in October 2019
8th President of Sudan
Assumed office
25 October 2021
Acting: 11 April 2019 – 25 October 2021
Prime Minister
Vice President
Preceded byOmar al-Bashir
First Vice President of Sudan
In office
25 March 2019 – 25 October 2021
  • Omar al-Bashir
  • Himself (Acting)
Preceded byAhmed Awad Ibn Auf
Succeeded byMohammed Hamdan Dagalo
Chairman of the Transitional Sovereignty Council
In office
20 August 2019 – 25 October 2021
DeputyMohammed Hamdan Dagalo
Preceded byCouncil formed
Succeeded byCouncil dissolved; Himself as President
Chairman of the Transitional Military Council
In office
12 April 2019 – 20 August 2019
DeputyMohammed Hamdan Dagalo
Preceded byAhmed Awad Ibn Auf
Succeeded byTransitional Sovereignty Council[b]
Commander-in-Chief of the Sudanese Armed Forces
Assumed office
12 April 2019
DeputyMalik Agar[c]
Preceded byAhmed Awad Ibn Auf
Personal details
Born (1960-07-11) 11 July 1960 (age 63)
Directorate, Republic of Sudan (present-day River Nile, Sudan)
Political partyNational Congress Party (since 2000)
Spouse(s)At least 1 wife
EducationUniversity of Khartoum
OccupationPolitician, Soldier, Policeman, Teacher
ReligionSunni Islam
Military service
Allegiance Sudan
Branch/serviceSudanese Armed Forces
Years of service1991–present
Rank Major General
CommandsSudanese Armed Forces (since 2019)

Abdel Fattah Abdelrahman Burhan (Arabic: عبد الفتاح عبد الرحمن البرهان, romanized: ʿAbd al-Fattāḥ ʿAbd al-Raḥmān al-Burhān; born 11 July 1960) is a Sudanese politician, soldier and a former policeman and teacher who is the 8th and the current President of Sudan since 25 October 2021. Following the 2019 Sudanese coup d'état which overthrew his predecessor, Omar al-Bashir, in April 2019, Burhan became the acting president until 2021. Before, he was the First Vice President of Sudan from 2019 to 2021 and was also the Chairman of the Transitional Sovereignty Council from 2019 to 2021, Chairman of the Transitional Military Council from April to August 2019, and the Commander-in-Chief of the Sudanese Armed Forces since 2019.

The 2020 Juba Agreement allowed Burhan to continue to lead the Sovereignty Council until in October 2021 where the council will be dissolved rather than as planned in February 2021. After the council was dissolved, Burhan declared himself President.

Burhan led a coup d'état in October 2021 which deposed prime minister Abdalla Hamdok. However, a month later in November, Hamdock and Burhan signed an agreement to make Hamdock as prime minister of Sudan again until Hamdok resigned again in January 2022.

In May 2019, al-Burhan's first international trip as president was to Egypt to meet President Abdel Fattah el-Sisi. His second visit was to the United Arab Emirates.

In April 2023, Burhan's vice president, Mohammed Hamdan Dagalo, who's relationship with Burhan has soured since the 2021 Sudanese coup d'état has rebelled against Burhan which started the Third Sudanese Civil War thus dividing the country.

Dagalo has blamed Burhan for the war stating that he wanted to divide the country. However, Burhan has denied those clames and said that it was Dagalo who wanted to divide the country.

Notes[change | change source]

  1. From Kebir's resignation on 12 April 2019 until on 25 October 2021 where Agar ascended to the office, the second vice presidential office was vacant.
  2. Burhan also headed the Transitional Sovereignty Council, but then because his role over the TSC was weaker than it was on the TMC, the TSC immediately after it's creation on 20 August 2019, took over the TMC until the TSC's dissolution on 25 October 2021 where the TMC was eventually dissolved.
  3. From 2019 to 2023, the position of the deputy commander was vacant.