Sudan’s President Omar al-Bashir has been removed by the army after months of anti-government protests against his three decades of iron-fisted rule.
The veteran leader, who swept to power in a 1989 coup, was one of Africa’s longest-serving presidents and is wanted on charges of genocide and war crimes by the International Criminal Court.
Since December, Sudan has been rocked by persistent protests sparked by rising food prices that quickly escalated into wider demands for the 75-year-old’s departure.
The latest crisis escalated on Saturday when thousands of demonstrators began a sit-in outside the army headquarters in the capital, Khartoum.
Dozens of people have been killed in protest-related violence since the start of the demonstrations.
Here are all the latest updates:
Thursday, April 11, 2019:
UN chief urges democratic transition in Sudan
Antonio Guterres, UN secretary-general, is calling for an inclusive transition in Sudan that will meet the “democratic aspirations” of the country’s people.
He also urges “calm and restraint by all” in Sudan.
The United States and five European countries are meanwhile calling for a closed-door UN Security Council meeting on Sudan on Friday.
AU: Army takeover ‘not appropriate response’
The African Union criticises the ouster of al-Bashir by Sudan’s armed forces and calls for calm and restraint.
“The military takeover is not the appropriate response to the challenges facing Sudan and the aspirations of its people,” says a statement from Moussa Faki, chairman of the AU Commission.
Sudan protests explained (8:19)
Egypt backs al-Bashir’s removal
Sudan’s neighbour Egypt says it supports al-Bashir’s removal and supports the “Sudanese people’s choice and will”.
In a statement, Egypt’s foreign ministry also urges the international community to help Sudan achieve a peaceful transition.
Sudan protesters reject ‘regime coup’, vow more protests
Organisers of the protests for al-Bashir’s removal are rejecting his toppling by the army as a “coup conducted by the regime” and are vowing to keep up their campaign.
“The regime has conducted a military coup by bringing back the same faces and the same institutions which our people rose against,” the Alliance for Freedom and Change says in a statement.
|Sudanese demonstrators gather in a street in central Khartoum immediately after al-Bashir was toppled by the army [Ashraf Shazly/ AFP]|
“We all reject what has been mentioned in the coup statement issued by the regime … We call on our people to continue their sit-in in front of army headquarters and across all regions and in the streets.”
Sudan’s army arrests president, takes charge
The Sudanese defence minister and vice president says the military has overthrown and arrested al-Bashir and taken charge of the country for the next two years.
In an appearance on state TV, Ahmed Awad Ibn Auf says a state of emergency has been imposed for the next three months. He says the military has suspended the constitution and closed its borders as well as the country’s airspace.
Ibn Auf also imposes a night curfew.
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|A picture dated November 25, 2018, shows Sudanese Defence Minister Ahmed Awad Ibn Auf in Khartoum [File: Ashraf Shazly/AFP]|
Sudan’s al-Bashir ‘steps down’
Government sources and a provincial minister say al-Bashir has stepped down and consultations are under way to set up a transitional council to run the country.
Adel Mahjoub Hussein, minister of production and economic resources in North Darfur, tells Dubai-based al-Hadath TV that “there are consultations to form a military council to take over power after President Bashir stepped down”.
Sudanese sources tell Reuters news agency that al-Bashir is at the presidential residence under “heavy guard”.
Tens of thousands of Sudanese take to the streets in the centre of Khartoum in jubilation, dancing and chanting anti-Bashir slogans. Protesters outside the defence ministry chant: “It has fallen, we won.”
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Sudan’s army to make ‘important statement’ amid protests
The Sudanese army plans to make “an important announcement”, state media says, after weeks of protests against longtime leader President Omar al-Bashir.
“The Sudanese army will issue an important statement soon. Wait for it,” an anchor says on state TV.
Organisers of the anti-Bashir protests are urging people to converge and join an ongoing sit-in that has been under way in Khartoum since the weekend.
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