19th June 01:16 PM
Sudan's President al-Bashir arrested after nearly 30 years in power
By Semi Turaga
Friday 12/04/2019
Sudan's President Omar al‑Bashir [Photo: BBC]

After nearly 30 years in power, Sudan's President Omar al‑Bashir has been ousted and arrested.

Speaking on state TV, Defence minister 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.

The Defense Minister 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".

Protests against Bashir, who has governed Sudan since 1989, have been underway for several months.

The main group behind the demonstrations immediately rejected the military's statement.

Protesters want a civilian council to lead the transition rather than a military one, correspondents say.

Bashir's exact whereabouts are not known.



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