Aljazeera | Sudan’s Bashir reshuffles top team amid state of emergency

Omar al-Bashir names new VP and prime minister in wake of months of protests demanding his removal.

Sudanese President Omar al-Bashir has appointed a new first vice president and prime minister, a day after declaring a year-long state of emergency to counter protests calling for his removal from office.

Bashir replaced long-time ally Bakri Hassan Saleh with Defence Minister General Awad Ibnoufas as VP and elevated governor of eastern Gezira state Mohamed Tahir Ayala to prime minister, a presidential decree said on Saturday.

Ibnouf was involved in the coup that brought Bashir to power three decades ago, while Ayala has previously been touted by the Sudanese leader as his potential successor as president.