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Sudan's President Bashir ousted in coup

KHARTOUM, April 11, 2019

Sudan's President Omar al-Bashir has been ousted in a military coup after nearly 30 years in power, reports said.
 
Speaking on state TV, Awad Ibn Ouf, and the defence minister said the army had decided to oversee a two-year transitional period followed by elections, said a BBC report. Bashir is under arrest, he said.
 
He also said a three-month state of emergency was being put in place.
 
Protests against 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," Ibn Ouf said in a statement. Bashir's exact whereabouts are not known.
 
He said Sudan's constitution was being suspended, border crossings were being shut until further notice and airspace was being closed for 24 hours.
 
As the news broke, crowds of protesters celebrated outside army headquarters in the capital, Khartoum, embracing soldiers and climbing on top of armoured vehicles.
 
Sudan's intelligence service said it was freeing all political prisoners.
 



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