Sudan's new military council chief steps down

Sudan's new military council chief steps down

Sudan's new military council chief steps down

Sudan's military ousted al-Bashir on Thursday in response to escalating popular protests.

In a TV address, General Awad Ibn Ouf also announced his successor, General Abdel-Fattah Burhan, general inspector of the armed forces, as head of the transitional council.

Alaa Salah, who has become an icon of the protest movement after a video of her leading demonstrators' chants went viral, said that "change will not happen with Bashir's entire regime hoodwinking Sudanese civilians through a military coup".

However, he may be put on trial inside Sudan, according to the military council set up after the coup. The new leader has previously served as ousted Bashir's Chief of Staff of the Ground Forces.

His downfall followed months of unrest which began in December over Sudan's rising cost of living.

Al-Bashir was declared wanted by ICC in 2005 for war crimes and genocide in Darfur, Sudan.

But protest organizers rejected the military's assurances, calling them "deception and farce".

The military council had announced a two-year transition period, but Sudan's United Nations envoy told the Security Council in NY that this could be shortened "depending on developments on the ground and agreements between stakeholders".

People are seen in the streets after televised statement by Defence Minister Awad Mohamed Ahmed Ibn Auf in Khartoum, Sudan April 11.

"We are not greedy for power", he said. We are here to provide an all-inclusive umbrella. Although each country in the region has its own dynamics that determine the public's response to its leaders' abuses and mismanagement, numerous problems that brought the Sudanese to the streets - youth unemployment, high food prices, corruption and dictatorship - exist in the region'snations. "We guide the country forward".

Why are protesters so wary?

Thousands kept up their sit-in outside the Khartoum military headquarters overnight and into the morning, despite the curfew.

Protest leaders dismissed the transitional military council as the "same old faces" from the old regime, which had led the country into multiple conflicts and worsening poverty and social inequality.

"So what we need to do is to continue the fight and the peaceful resistance", she said.

He said the two-year period was the maximum and said the military would rule only as long as needed, suggesting it could hand over power earlier. On Friday, defying the curfew, thousands of Sudanese heeded that call and congregated outside the defense ministry, vowing to press for a civilian-led government.

How did Thursday's coup unfold?

Thursday climbed on top of land-cruisers and armoured vehicles that had been posted to protect them from intervention by other branches of the security forces. He said Mr Bashir was being held "in a secure place" but did not give details.

What is the reaction overseas?

The UN Security Council has been briefed on the situation in Sudan but has taken no action.

Hunt tweeted on Thursday that Sudan needs "a swift move to an inclusive, representative, civilian leadership" and an end to violence.

Media captionSudan protests: So what's going on?

With the USA also taking a visibly withdrawn role in the second phase of the Arab Spring the global resolve to enforce a return to civilian rule in Sudan appears suspect.

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