Sudan’s President Omar al-Bashir has been removed by the military after months of anti-government protests against his three-decade rule.
The long-time ruler was replaced by a military council headed by General Awad Ibn Auf, who imposed a three-month state of emergency and declared the transitional body would rule the country for two years.
The coup and installation of the council was rejected by the protesters, who said the moves did not meet their long-standing demands for a civilian-led government.
Amid continued demonstrations, Ibn Auf’s resigned on Friday evening, and named Lieutenant General Abdel Fattah al-Burhan as his successor.
Since December, Sudan has witnessed persistent protests sparked by rising food prices that quickly escalated into wider calls for al-Bashir’s departure.
The latest crisis escalated on April 6 when thousands of demonstrators began a sit-in outside the army headquarters in the capital, Khartoum. Dozens of people have been killed in protest-related violence since the start of the demonstrations.
Here are all the latest updates:
Saturday, April 13, 2019:
RSF commander appointed deputy head of military council
General Mohamed Hamdan Dagalo, known by his nickname Hemeti, is appointed the deputy leader of the ruling military council, according to Sudanese state television.
Omar al-Digair, head of a 10-member delegation representing anti-government protesters, says the group “delivered our demands to the military council” including the formation of a civilian-led transitional government.
Speaking outside the army headquarters in Khartoum, he says the delegation called for the release of some 47 students of Darfur origin who were arrested in December as well as the reforms to the security services.
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Al-Bashir’s party urges release of leaders
The National Congress Party is urging the ruling military council to release its acting president and other key members.
“We consider the military council’s power grab a violation of constitutional law,” the party says in a statement.
“The NCP rejects the detention of its leaders, among them its acting president and a large number of prominent members, and calls for their immediate release.”
Protest organisers meet military council
A 10-member delegation representing groups behind the months-long anti-government demonstrations is holding talks with Sudan’s military council at the army headquarters in Khartoum.
Sudanese women raise banners and a national flag as they rally outside the army headquarters in Khartoum [Ebrahim Hamid/ AFP]
The meeting comes as the new head of the council calls for dialogue and vows that a transitional period will last a maximum of two years.
Al-Burhan vows to ‘uproot regime and its symbols’
The new head of the military council says those involved in the killing of protesters will face justice and orders the release of prisoners jailed under emergency laws.
“I announce the restructuring of state institutions according to the law and pledge to fight corruption and uproot the regime and its symbols,” al-Burhan adds in his first televised address to the nation.
Council calls for talks, vows two-year transition
Sudan’s military council says a civilian government will be formed after a transitional period that will last for a maximum of two years.
In his speech to the nation, al-Burhan says: “I invite all the people of Sudan, including political parties and civil society groups, to engage in dialogue.”
The council’s new head adds: “A military council will be formed to represent the state until an interim government is formed. The interim military council commits to the following: A two-year transitional period during which, or at the end of which, power will be handed over to a civilian government formed by the people.”
Military council lifts curfew
The new leader of Sudan’s military transitional council has announced the lifting of the curfew imposed his predecessors.
Addressing the protesters, al-Burhan says: “In order to provide an atmosphere for your design to establish a state, we declare that the curfew is lifted, all detained or sentenced under martial law will be immediately released.”
Military council: Intelligence chief has resigned
The head of Sudan’s National Intelligence and Security Service, Salih Ghosh, has resigned from his post, the country’s new military rulers said on Saturday.
“The chief of the transitional military council, Abdel Fattah al-Burhan, has accepted the resignation of… the chief of NISS,” the transitional military council said.
Ghosh had overseen a sweeping crackdown led by NISS agents against protesters taking part in four months of mass demonstations that led up to the toppling of veteran president Omar al-Bashir by the army on Thursday.
Sudan police: 16 killed by stray bullets at protests and sit-ins
At least 16 people were killed and 20 others injured by stray bullets at protests and sit-ins on Thursday and Friday, a Sudanese police spokesman said in a statement on Saturday as the nation waited to hear from its newly appointed leader.
Government buildings and private property were also attacked, spokesman Hashem Ali added.
Friday, April 12, 2019:
SPA welcomes Ibn Auf’s resignation
The Sudanese Professionals Association (SPA), which spearheaded the months-long demonstrations that triggered al-Bashir’s overthrow, praises Ibn Auf’s departure as a “triumph of the will of the masses”.
The group also calls on people to continue a sit-in outside the army headquarters in the capital and take to the streets outside the military’s “various garrisons” elsewhere throughout the country.
A Sudanese protester holds up a sign reading in Arabic “revolutionaries, free, will continue the course”
Protesters in Khartoum, meanwhile, tell Al Jazeera the toppling of al-Bashir and resignation of Ibn Auf within 36 hours is the result of “patience, sacrifices and struggle for four months”.
“We now want to witness the power being handed over to the civilians, this is the … democracy and freedom we aimed to achieve,” Abdul Jabar Ibrahim, 60, says.
Ibn Auf quits as head of transitional military council
General Awad Ibn Auf announces he is stepping down as head of the ruling military council.
“I, the head of the military council, announce I am giving up the post,” Ibn Auf says in a speech broadcast live on state television. He says he is taking the decision to preserve the unity of the armed forces.
Al-Burhan will now head the transitional council, he says.
Awad Ibn Auf announced his resignation just a day after he was sworn in.