Sudan: Military Coup Ousts Islamist Dictator Omar Bashir

Breitbart | 4/11/2019 | Staff
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After months of increasingly large protests demanding an end to his three bloody decades of rule, the miitary deposed Sudanese President Omar al-Bashir on Thursday and placed under arrest. Revelers filled the streets in response to the news, but demonstrators said they will not relax until a civilian government takes over.

Defense Minister Awad Ibn Auf appeared on state television to announce the arrest of Bashir, 75, in power since 1989.

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“I announce as minister of defense the toppling of the regime and detaining its chief in a secure place,” Ibn Auf said, justifying the action by invoking the “poor management, corruption, and absence of justice” under Bashir.

“The armed forces will take power with representation of the people to pave the way for Sudanese people to live in dignity,” he said.

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Ibn Auf declared a three-month state of emergency, to be followed by a two-year “transitional period” leading up to elections for a civilian government. The main opposition group, the Sudanese Professionals’ Association (SPA), immediately announced it will only accept a civilian transitional government staffed by opposition leaders.

“We are not leaving. We urge the revolutionaries not to leave the sit-in,” the SPA said on Thursday as celebrations erupted in the streets. Within hours of Bashir’s ouster, a group of female protesters was marching through the streets demanding the fall of Auf’s government.

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Another statement from protest organizers demanded a “four-year transition period where technocrats take over the country to ready it for democracy,” supported by “an army that will protect us rather than rule over us.”

Sudan’s military intelligence agency announced it would free all political prisoners taken during Bashir’s rule, possibly to make room for the hundred or so executives of Bashir’s National Congress Party it arrested on Wednesday, including the former vice president and the head of the party.


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