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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.

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

“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.

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 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.

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.

 

(BBC)

11 Comments

  1. Gangsta grabs

    I wish the Zambia Army had balls,cojones enough to put tate wa ndalama out of his chinese pockets.Anyway congratulations to my Sudan ganstas.

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  2. dockfath£r

    Inchaka

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  3. BTK

    Congratulations to all Sudanese people & may Jehovah God 4u owez as you are celebrating a new independence.May Jah bless you ALL

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  4. AK

    Just same as Robert Mugabe

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  5. THINGS HAVE CHANGED BIGE CLING TO POWER AND YOU ARE OUSTED OUT. BUT PA ZED ITS ONLY THE PEOPLE NOT THE ARMY ABENA SOLO?

    KABILA, BASHIRE, MUGABE ETC. KWASHALA PA AIBMAZ 2021 watch whts going to hapen in 2020 thts when people wil see dictetor

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  6. Idiocy Detector

    Kuli nabalelota ukulunda term to 7 years, try that and see.

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  7. Ngwazi Dr Hastings Kamuzu Banda.

    May God be praised 4whteva has happened in Sudan.Remember in Zambia we are peaceful & God fearing people.Wheneva faced with problems over governance we jst stand out pray & lift our grievances to God & he hears us & respond with wisdom.So dnt be scared.

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  8. kamwendo munjila

    Do not copy things,just wait for God to do his job.FINITO ?

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  9. Chikuni

    Zambia is a peaceful nation and its citizens are law abiding. No president in Zambia has ruled for 30 years. The system we have elects a president and those that are not wanted are not voted into power.

    The people of Sudan found it necessary to take such an action. We should not judge them because they are old enough to take care of there problems. All I can do for now is wish them all the best.

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  10. Am more than happy as people need to enjoy in their countries. OUR LATE famous and powerful President HE FTJ CHILUBA once said that, " I have brought DEMOCRACY to AFRICA and whether alive or dead, it will reach the entire continent for people to be happy in all Countries''. This is what is hapening today. MHSRIP Father. How I wish you were there to see how your words are being fulfilled.d"

    Good!!

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  11. Proud Lozi

    My worry is why should the military stay in power for 2years.
    That is too much at least if thy could allow the elections to take place within a year o so

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