Analysis-Sudan paramilitary leader jostles for role ahead of civilian handover

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By Khalid Abdelaziz KHARTOUM (Reuters) – The leader of a powerful paramilitary force in Sudan has put himself at the forefront of a planned transition toward democracy, unsettling fellow military rulers and triggering a mobilisation of troops in the capital Khartoum last week. General Mohamed Hamdan Dagalo commands tens of thousands of fighters in the paramilitary Rapid Support Forces (RSF) and has amassed considerable mineral wealth. He is also deputy leader of Sudan’s ruling council, which took power in a coup more than a year ago. Recently however, Dagalo, widely known as Hemedti, has pulle…

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