Published: Fri, April 12, 2019
Culture | By Margie Dunn

Sudan's al-Bashir ousted by military and placed under arrest

Sudan's al-Bashir ousted by military and placed under arrest

Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan said he hoped Sudan could overcome its political upheaval peacefully through "national conciliation" and urged it to "work towards a normal democratic process". "WE DID IT! #Sudan". "We of course support the continuation of these deep-rooted ties".

Bashir has also been indicted by the International Criminal Court (ICC) in The Hague over allegations of genocide in Sudan's Darfur region during an insurgency that began in 2003. Turkey has denied claims that it wants to construct a naval base there.

Demonstrators attend a protest rally demanding Sudanese President Omar al-Bashir step down outside the Defense Ministry in Khartoum, Sudan, on Wednesday, April 10.

Omar al-Bashir has ruled over Sudan for 30 years since seizing power in a coup.

In a televised statement, Defense Minister Awad ibn Auf also announced the imposition of a one-month curfew - starting Thursday evening - and a three-month countrywide state of emergency.

"Free and fair elections" will take place after the two years, the defence minister added. The government said 11 died.

Sudanese president Omar al-Bashir was ousted by the army on Thursday, brought down by months of anti-government protests against his three decades of iron-fist rule. He called on all armed groups to join the government and protect the people. That prompted thousands of protesters to march toward the center of Khartoum, cheering, singing and dancing in celebration.

They made the assertion in a joint statement issued by the Sudanese Professionals Association and a number of opposition coalitions.

But like those popular movements of 2011, the new protests face a similar dynamic a struggle over the aftermath of the leader's removal.

There were also unconfirmed reports that the airport in the Sudanese capital had been closed.

CNN has reported that multiple sources said al-Bashir has stepped down. The witnesses spoke on condition of anonymity, fearing reprisals.

The army's ouster of al-Bashir, who came to power in a 1989 coup, ends the reign of one of Africa's longest-serving rulers.

Former and current Sudanese officials including Bashir's former Vice President Ali Osman Taha and head of the ruling party have reportedly been arrested as well as Bashir's personal guards.

The African Union criticised the installation of the military council and called for calm and restraint in the country. According to who is counting, between 45 and 60 people have been killed by government forces firing on the demonstrators, and hundreds have been arrested - some of them tortured.

"We will not accept Bashir's aides as part of the new situation", protester Mohamed Adam told Reuters.

The officials declined to elaborate.

First Bouteflika, now al-Bashir?

Agence France-Press cited state television as announcing the military was gearing for an important message to the nation, but the statement did not appear to have come before Mr Al-Bashir's reported exit.

In the run-up to the live military broadcast, footage showed tanks and military armoured vehicles on the streets, while witnesses said soldiers had been deployed to key sites across the Khartoum. They spoke on condition of anonymity because they were not authorized to talk to the media.

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