Military topples, arrests President al-Bashir

Military topples, arrests President al-Bashir

Military topples, arrests President al-Bashir

Lieutenant General Abdel Fattah Abdelrahman Burhan will be the new head of the transitional military council, Ibn Auf said in a speech broadcast on state television on Friday.

The minister also announcedthe suspension of the Constitution, the dissolution of the National Assembly and a three-month state of emergency for three months.

The general said that all those involved in the killing of protesters would face justice. As thousands of Muslim worshippers lined up in the street to hold prayers, Christians among the protesters held blankets over them to shade them from the sun in a show of solidarity.

Sudan's deputy UN ambassador, Yasir Abdalla Abdelsalam Ahmed, told the UN Security Council on Friday that any democratic process in the country required time, and he urged the worldwide community to support a peaceful transition.

It also vowed to "resist" by peaceful means all the extraordinary measures the military has imposed since Thursday's ouster of al-Bashir, including the nighttime curfew and state of emergency. Thousands of protesters, opposition activists and journalists were arrested in the crackdown that left dozens killed and hundreds wounded. "The worldwide community must support the transitional authorities and the people of Sudan in ensuring that al-Bashir and other ICC suspects are transferred to The Hague and brought to justice before the ICC for charges of crimes against humanity and war crimes", Pace continued.

Vehicle horns sounded as jubilant crowds streamed out of their homes chanting: "It fell again, it fell again".

Recently-deposed President Omar al-Bashir of Sudan must appear before the International Criminal Court (ICC), the Coalition of the International Criminal Court (CICC) has said. It laid on more sanctions in 2006 for what it said was complicity in the violence in Darfur.

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".

It hailed Ibn Ouf's departure as "a victory of the people's will".

The US called on Sudan's military to bring civilians into the transitional government and said a two-year timeline was too long.

National flag carrier Turkish Airlines cancelled its reciprocal flights to the Sudanese capital Khartoum.

Last month, Middle East Eye revealed that Gosh had held secret talks with the head of Mossad in Germany in February as part of a plot hatched by Israel's Gulf allies to elevate him to the presidency if Bashir was toppled from power.

The Sudanese military has since taken over power and has announced that it will hand over back to a civilian leader after two years. "The NCP rejects the detention of its leaders, among them its acting president and a large number of prominent members, and calls for their immediate release".

Outside the Middle East, the formation of a military government to replace Bashir has met with widespread criticism.

The African Union condemned the military takeover, saying it was not an appropriate response to the challenges facing Sudan and the aspirations of its people.

"The Sudanese people should determine who leads them and their future and the Sudanese people have been clear and are demanding a civilian-led transition", State Department spokesperson Robert Palladino told reporters. "Instead, they must now consign to history the assault on human rights that marked Bashir's 30 years in power", said South Africa's Naidoo.

"We need to see a swift move to an inclusive, representative, civilian leadership", Hunt said.

Sudanese protesters angry that army commanders have taken control after removing veteran president Omar al Bashir in a palace coup defied a night-time curfew to keep up four months of mass demonstrations today, April 12, 2019.

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