Sudan army overthrow Sudanese President Omar al Bashir after protests

The country's defense minister says, After nearly 30 years in power, Sudan's President Omar al-Bashir has been ousted and arrested. 

Sudan Army taken over the leadership.
Sudan Army taken over the leadership. 
Awad Ibn Ouf, Speaking on state TV, He said a three-month state of emergency was being put in placesaid  and also the army had decided to oversee a two-year transitional period followed by elections, the BBC reports.

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

Despite the military intervention, the main group that has been organising the demonstrations called for them to continue on Thursday, 

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

It is not clear where Mr Bashir is being held. Mr Ibn Ouf said the country had been suffering from "poor management, corruption, and an absence of justice" and he apologized "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. 

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, state-run Suna news agency reported. 

Mr Bashir is the subject of an international arrest warrant issued by the International Criminal Court (ICC), which accuses him of organising war crimes and crimes against humanity in Sudan's western Darfur region. 

However it is not clear what will happen to him following his arrest.


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