Saturday 13 April 2019 08:50, UK
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.
Thousands of protesters joined a sit-in near the military headquarters on Friday