Mohamed Hamdan Dagalo

Mohamed Hamdan Dagalo (Arabic: محمد حمدان دقلو, born 1974 or 1975 (age 47–48)), generally referred to as Hemetti[5] (Arabic: حميدتي), Hemedti,[3] Hemeti[6] or Hemitte, from the Rizeigat tribe[7] in Darfur, who was the Deputy Chairman of the Transitional Military Council (TMC) following the 2019 Sudanese coup d'état.[3] On 21 August 2019, the TMC transferred power to the civilian–military Sovereignty Council, of which Hemetti is a member.[8] Under Article 19 of the August 2019 Draft Constitutional Declaration, Hemetti and the other Sovereignty Council members are ineligible to run in the 2022 Sudanese general election.[9][10]

Mohamed Hamdan Dagalo
محمد حمدان دقلو
Deputy Chairman of the Transitional Sovereignty Council
Assumed office
11 November 2021
ChairmanAbdel Fattah Abdelrahman Burhan
Preceded byHimself
Deputy Chairman of the Sovereignty Council[1]
In office
21 August 2019  25 October 2021
ChairmanAbdel Fattah Abdelrahman Burhan
Preceded byHimself
Succeeded byHimself
Deputy Chairman of the Transitional Military Council
In office
13 April 2019  20 August 2019
ChairmanAbdel Fattah Abdelrahman Burhan
Preceded byKamal Abdel-Marouf al-Mahdi
Succeeded byPosition abolished
Personal details
Born1973 (age 4849)[2] or 1974 or 1975[3]
Darfur, Democratic Republic of the Sudan[4]
Known forLeader of RSF and the Vice President of the Sudan Sovereignty Council.
Nickname(s)Hemedti (Arabic: حميدتي)
Military service
Allegiance Sudan
Branch/service Rapid Support Forces
Rank General
CommandsHead of the RSF
Battles/warsWar in Darfur
2019 Sudanese coup d'état

Hemetti stated to African Union officials his co-responsibility in carrying out the 23 November 2004 Adwa massacre and rapes in South Darfur.[11] Since 2013[12][13] Hemetti has commanded the Rapid Support Forces (RSF),[14][15] which, according to Human Rights Watch[16] and Eric Reeves,[17] was responsible for crimes against humanity, including systematic killings of civilians and rapes, in Darfur in 2014 and 2015 under Hemetti's command, and is widely claimed to hold major responsibility for the 3 June 2019 Khartoum massacre while Hemetti continued to be its leader.[18][6] Hemetti used the RSF to take control of gold mining operations in 2017.[19] In 2019 he was one of the richest people in Sudan via his company al-Junaid, which had a wide array of business interests including investment, mining, transport, car rental, iron and steel.[19] In early July 2019, Hemetti was considered to be the most powerful person in Sudan.[20] On behalf of the Transitional Military Council, Hemetti signed a Political Agreement on 17 July 2019[21][22] and a Draft Constitutional Declaration on 4 August 2019, together with Ahmed Rabee on behalf of the Forces of Freedom and Change (FFC), as major steps in the 2019 Sudanese transition to democracy.[23] In September 2019, Hemetti helped negotiate a peace deal between groups in armed conflict in Port Sudan.[24]

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