Omar al-Bashir Shuffles top advisors – Source

July 8, 2010 (Khartoum) — Sudanese president al-Bashir shuffled his advisor on Thursday. The move has reduced his advisors from 18 to 14.

After winning re-election in April, Omar al-Bashir promised the people that he will make unity attractive. It is not clear if Sudan’s ruling party consulted its peace partner on the decision.

Security advisor Salah Gosh, Foreign affairs advisor Mustafa Osman Ismail, Darfur advisor Ghazi Salaheddin, and Bona Malwal retained their posts.

Mansur Khaled of Sudan People’s Liberation Movement (SPLM) was removed.

The Sudanese president also added four new advisors on board. All four are Southerners who have no affiliation with Juba-based ruling party, SPLM.

The new list includes Ibrahim Ahmed Omar, Sheik Bish, Rajah Hassan Khalifah, and Agnes Lukudu, a member of al-Bashir’s ruling party.

Southerners are six months away to decide whether they will stay with the North or form their own state.

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