Sudan military leader renames spy agency

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By Radio Tamazuj

Sudan’s spy agency, the National Intelligence and Security Service, has been renamed by the country’s military council, the state news agency said on Monday.

“The amendment stipulated in the constitutional decree comes within the framework of structuring the agency to cope with the political change taking place in the country,” said the agency’s director general Abu-Bakr Dambalab.

The amendment included a number of articles in the law of the national security service for the year 2010.

The agency, widely known as NISS, will now be called General Intelligence Service (GIS), Abu-Bakr said.

He explained that the name change follows a decree issued by the head of the country’s ruling military council General Abdel Fattah al-Burhan. Abu-Bakr pointed out that the restructuring of the agency also reflects more professionalism to help protect the country and national security.

The military council assumed power after the ouster of President Omar al-Bashir in April. During the rule of Omar al-Bashir, NISS oversaw crackdowns on government opponents and journalists.

The crackdown was overseen by the former director general of the agency, Salah Abdallah Gosh, who resigned shortly after Bashir’s ouster.

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