Emergency declared in Sudan after Army overthrows President Bashir

12 April, 2019, 06:44 | Author: Carlos George
  • Sudan President Bashir STEPS DOWN as tens of thousands march in protests against regime

But Hajji said he doubts the now ex-president will be sent overseas for trial.

Erdogan said: "We have deep-rooted historic relations with Sudan. We need the whole and complete victory as anticipated and wanted by our martyrs".

In 2017 Sudan agreed to lease the Red Sea island of Suakin to Turkey, after Ankara requested permission to restore Ottoman-era relics.

Provincial Minister pre-empts army statement and confirms that President Omar Al-Bashir has stepped down and "consultations" are underway to set up a transitional council. On Tuesday, a police spokesman called for "an agreement which would support the peaceful transition of power".

Egyptian President Abdel Fattah al-Sisi, who also came to power in similar circumstances, warned in March against the dangers of protesting in neighbouring countries.

The downfall of Bashir follows the toppling this month of Algerian strongman Abdelaziz Bouteflika, also following mass protests after three decades in power.

Following months of street protests, Sudan's military has ousted President Omar al-Bashir, who ruled the North African nation with an iron fist for 30 years.

"It's vital at this inflection point for Sudan that the USA and its European partners, and indeed states in the region, coalesce around an global consensus on the type of civilian-led transition in Sudan that they can support and that they can provide economic resources to stabilise the country to deal with the economic emergency that was the proximate cause of the demonstrations when they broke out in December, and set the country on a new path forward".

The minister also announcedthe suspension of the Constitution, the dissolution of the National Assembly and a three-month state of emergency for three months.

Tens of thousands of Sudanese were making their way to the center of the country's capital on Thursday, cheering and clapping in celebration as two senior officials said the military had forced longtime autocratic President Omar al-Bashir to step down after 30 years in power.

"We are calling on our people to control themselves and not to attack anybody or government and private properties", the Alliance for Freedom and Change (AFC), the umbrella group that is spearheading the protest movement, said in a statement.

Demonstrators called for a civilian government and said they would not accept an administration led by military and security figures, or by Bashir's aides.

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State television later broadcast footage of him taking the oath to become head of the council, alongside his new deputy, army chief of staff Lieutenant General Kamal Abdelmarouf.

Sudanese protesters have vowed to keep up demonstrations, rejecting the army's move.

The security service earlier announced the release of all political prisoners.

He added that al-Bashir has been arrested and is in a safe place. The witnesses spoke on condition of anonymity, fearing reprisals.

Early on Thursday, military vehicles entered the large compound in Khartoum housing the defence ministry, the army headquarters and Mr Bashir's personal residence.

Professor Hassan Hajji, a political science lecturer at the University of Khartoum, said some opposition groups will refuse any proposal for a military government. They accused his government of failing to deal with the economy.

The officials declined to elaborate.

Who is Omar al-Bashir?

The situation in Khartoum remains fluid and it wasn't immediately possible to confirm that al-Bashir is being ousted. They spoke on condition of anonymity because they were not authorized to talk to the media.

Sudan's state TV says the country's armed forces will deliver an "important statement" and are asking the nation to "wait for it".

Ibn Auf announced Bashir's ouster on state TV Thursday.

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