Sudan’s Defence Minister and former Vice President Awad Ibn Auf says Bashir is under arrest and has been removed from power. Awad Ibn Auf further announces a two year transitional government and that he will head up the High Council of Armed Forces. State of Emergency for three months.
“Sudan’s government has been dissolved. The Sudanese military has removed President Omar Al-Bashir from power and set up a transitional military council to rule the country for two years”, Sudan’s Minister of Defense and former Vice President Awad Mohamed Ahmed Ibn Auf, said on a televised statement on today (Thursday, 11th April, 2019).
In picture: Demonstration rally that led to the downfall of President Omar Al-Bashir
On Saturday, crowds converged on the heart of Omar al-Bashir’s rule – Sudan’s presidential palace and the nation’s military headquarters for a mass sit-in calling for the dictator to be deposed. Five days later, the Sudanese strongman had been forced from office, his government dissolved and a military council put in place to oversee a transition of power over the next two years.
What we’re covering here?
Dictator deposed: Sudanese strongman Omar al-Bashir has been forced out of power in a military coup.
Who is Omar al-Bashir? The ousted president ruled Sudan for 30 years after seizing power in a coup in 1989. He is accused of war crimes and genocide for his brutal crackdown in Darfur.
Why now? Bashir was removed after months of anti-regime protests, with the military abandoning him and siding with those seeking his downfall.
What happens next? In a televised statement, the army announced a two-year military council to oversee a transition of power and declared a three-month state of emergency. Activists have demanded the military hand over power to a civilian government as soon as possible.