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Some Sudanese Oppose Idea of Military Council

Some Sudanese Oppose Idea of Military Council

Mr al-Bashir has been indicted by the International Criminal Court (ICC) in The Hague and is facing an arrest warrant over allegations of genocide in Sudan's Darfur region during an insurgency that began in 2003 and led to death of an estimated 300,000 people.

Erdogan said: "We have deep-rooted historic relations with Sudan".

Al-Bashir's fall came just over a week after protests in Algeria forced the resignation of that North African country's long-ruling, military-backed president, Abdelaziz Bouteflika.

In 2017 Sudan agreed to lease the Red Sea island of Suakin to Turkey, after Ankara requested permission to restore Ottoman-era relics.

Mr Adawi is said to be favoured by regional neighbours at odds with Mr al-Bashir over his Islamist leanings. "The transitional authorities must take all necessary measures to facilitate a peaceful transfer of power in Sudan".

Thousands of protesters began a sit-in at the military's headquarters in Khartoum on April 6, with police and security forces using force to try and disperse the demonstrators who were calling for al-Bashir to step down.

The military, however, has seemed more equivocal, stating its support the country's "leadership" and pledging to protect its "achievements" - without mentioning al-Bashir by name.

Activists on social media voiced rejection of the military takeover, saying, "no to the military rule" and the "Revolution continues".

Sudan's defence minister has announced the arrest of President Omar al-Bashir and the creation of a military council to govern the country for the next two years, ending the 30-year rule of one of Africa's longest-surviving autocrats after four months of daily street protests against him.

The announcement finally came hours later in the afternoon when Defense Minister Awad Mohammed Ibn Ouf appeared on state TV in military fatigues.

Mr Ibn Auf announced a state of emergency, a nationwide ceasefire and the suspension of the constitution.

Ibn Ouf said a military council decided on by the army, intelligence agencies and security apparatus will rule for two years, after which "free and fair elections" will take place.

Protester Hiba Ali told the BBC that "the suspense is killing" as she and others waited for the military to tell them what was happening. This comes as people are celebrating in the streets of Khartoum on Thursday following reports of al-Bashir's ouster.

The leading protest group, the Association of Sudanese Professionals, said power had to be handed over to a civilian transitional government made up of people who had no links to the "tyrannical regime".

State television later broadcast footage of him taking the oath to become head of the council, alongside his new deputy, army chief of staff Lieutenant General Kamal Abdelmarouf.

Protest organisers have feared the military would impose its control after removing al-Bashir.

The security service earlier announced the release of all political prisoners.

A prominent exiled Sudanese cartoonist drew a caricature of al-Bashir sitting on a throne, with one of its broken legs replaced by a brick.

Officials say 49 people have died in protest-related violence since the demonstrations first erupted in December.

Professor Hassan Hajji, a political science lecturer at the University of Khartoum, said some opposition groups will refuse any proposal for a military government.

The government also shut down a number of diplomatic missions to cut costs and Bashir dissolved the government, named a new central bank governor and instituted a package of reforms, they didn't work.

Huge crowds of jubilant Sudanese had filled squares across the centre of the capital Thursday as the army promised an "important announcement".


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