Abdel Fattah al-Burhan

Abdel Fattah Abdelrahman al-Burhan (Arabic: عبد الفتاح عبد الرحمن البرهان; born 11 July 1960)[5] is a Sudanese politician and Sudanese Army general who is the de facto head of state of Sudan as the Commander-In-Chief of the Sudanese Armed Forces after leading a coup d'état in October 2021 that deposed Prime Minister Abdalla Hamdok.[6]

Abdel Fattah al-Burhan
عبد الفتاح البرهان
Burhan in 2019
Chairman of the Transitional Sovereignty Council
Assumed office
25 October 2021
Prime MinisterAbdalla Hamdok
Osman Hussein (acting)
DeputyMohamed Hamdan Dagalo
Preceded bySovereignty Council
Chairman of the Sovereignty Council[1]
In office
12 April 2019  25 October 2021
Prime MinisterAbdalla Hamdok
DeputyMohamed Hamdan Dagalo[2]
Preceded byHimself
Succeeded byHimself
Chairman of the Transitional Military Council
In office
12 April 2019  21 August 2019
DeputyMohamed Hamdan Dagalo[3]
Preceded byAhmed Awad Ibn Auf
Succeeded bySovereignty Council
Personal details
Born (1960-07-11) July 11, 1960 (age 61)
Gandatu, Northern Directorate (present-day River Nile), Sudan
Military service
Allegiance Sudan
Branch/service Sudanese Army
Years of service1980–present
Rank General[4]
Battles/warsSecond Sudanese Civil War
War in Darfur

Al-Burhan was the former chairman of the Sovereignty Council of Sudan, the country's collective head of state, which was established following the Sudanese Revolution in 2019 to guide a Sudanese transition to democracy.[7] After the military seized power in the October 2021 coup, Al-Burhan dissolved the Sovereignty Council, which previously shared power between the country's military and civilians.[7][8] The 2020 Juba Agreement allowed al-Burhan to continue to lead the Sovereignty Council for another 20 months, rather than stepping down as planned in February 2021.[9] Until August 2019, he was also the Chairman of the Transitional Military Council after former Chairman Ahmed Awad Ibn Auf resigned and transferred control in April 2019.[10][11] He was formerly the General Inspector of the Sudanese Armed Forces.[12]

In May 2019, Al-Burhan's first international trip was to Egypt to meet Abdel Fattah el-Sisi.[13] His second visit was to the United Arab Emirates.[14]


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