Awad Ibn Ouf: Sudan interim leader steps down one day after taking power in military coup

Saturday 13 April 2019 08:50, UK
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Awad Ibn Ouf: Sudan interim leader steps down one day after taking power in military coup

The army ousted president Omar al-Bashir, who is charged with alleged genocide in Darfur, where up to 300,000 people died.

The leader of Sudan’s transitional government is stepping down just a day after the country’s military seized power.

Defence minister General Awad Ibn Ouf named General Abdel-Fattah Burhan, general inspector of the armed forces, as his successor as head of the transitional council.

Mr Ibn Ouf said: “I, the head of the military council, announce I am giving up the post,” explaining he took the decision to preserve the unity of the armed forces.

Earlier, an army spokesman said it will not extradite deposed president Omar al-Bashir to The Hague to face war crimes charges, as it would be “an ugly mark on Sudan”.

In a wide-ranging news conference in the capital Khartoum, Colonel General Omar Zein Abedeen defended Thursday’s ousting of Mr al-Bashir, who had ruled the north African country for 30 years.

“This was not a coup”, but a “tool of change,” he said.

Mr al-Bashir, 75, is facing an arrest warrant from the International Criminal Court in The Hague over alleged genocide for his campaign against insurgents in Darfur.

https://news.sky.com/story/omar-al-bashir-ousted-sudan-leader-will-not-face-hague-war-crimes-trial-11691826

Thousands of protesters joined a sit-in near the military headquarters on Friday

 

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