Sudan’s Defence Minister Awad Ibn Auf has stepped down from his position just a day after ousting long-time President Omar al-Bashir from office. Awad Ibn Auf declared his decision to quit on state TV and nominated Lt Gen Abdel Fattah Abdelrahman Burhan as his successor.
Defense Minister Awad Ibn Auf
His decision came after protesters accused him as a close companion of Mr. Bashir and denied to end the protests. The army will rule the country for two years until elections.
Military dethroned Mr. Bashir after months of unrest and chaos in the country. The protests started in December over rising prices first but later protesters started demanding president resignation. Until now, at least 38 people lost their lives during the protests.
Mr. Ibn Auf has been the head of military intelligence in the course of the Darfur conflict. The demonstrator celebrated his decision of withdrawal as a victory for protesters. The protesters also demanded civilian rule in the country. International Criminal Court (ICC) has charged Mr. Bashir on concerns of war crimes over the Darfur conflict.
Regardless of Mr. Bashir removal, the protesters keep marching outside army headquarters over curfew implementation in the country. A spokesman for the military council assured them that protesters will decide Sudan’s future. Meanwhile, the army will keep working to maintain public order and peace. The army council has declared a three-month state of emergency and the constitution also suspended.
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