#Africa – Omar al-Bashir: #Sudan military coup topples ruler after #protests

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#Africa – Omar al-Bashir: #Sudan military coup topples ruler after #protests

After nearly 30 years in power, Sudan’s President Omar al-Bashir has been ousted and arrested, the defence minister says

Speaking on state TV, Awad Ibn Ouf said the army had decided to oversee a two-year transitional period followed by elections

He also said a three-month state of emergency was being put in place

Protests against Mr Bashir, who has governed Sudan since 1989, have been under way for several months

The main group behind the demonstrations immediately rejected the military’s statement and urged people to remain at a sit-in outside army headquarters

Protesters want a civilian council to lead the transition rather than a military one, correspondents say

I announce as minister of defence the toppling of the regime and detaining its chief in a secure place, » Mr Ibn Ouf said in a statement

Mr Bashir’s exact whereabouts are not known

Mr Ibn Ouf said the country had been suffering from « poor management, corruption, and an absence of justice » and he apologised for the killing and violence that took place

He said Sudan’s constitution was being suspended, border crossings were being shut until further notice and airspace was being closed for 24 hours

Despite an international arrest warrant issued by the ICC, he won consecutive elections in 2010 and 2015. However, his last victory was marred by a boycott by the main opposition parties

The arrest warrant has led to an international travel ban. However, Mr Bashir has made diplomatic visits to Egypt, Saudi Arabia and South Africa. He was forced into a hasty departure from South Africa in June 2015 as a court there considered whether to enforce the arrest warran

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