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Military oust Al Bashir in Sudan, impose State of Emergency

By Charles Kalu

The Army in Sudan has carried out a coup in that country thereby ending over 30 years in power of President Omar al-Bashir. A statement by the Defence Minister, Awad Ibn Ouf said Bashir has also been arrested.

Speaking on state TV, General Awad Ibn Ouf said the army had decided to oversee a two-year transitional period followed by elections, adding that a three-month state of emergency was being put in place.

Protests against Mr Bashir, who has governed Sudan since 1989, have been under way for several months. The Defence Minister said the “regime” was being removed and Mr Bashir would be kept in a safe place.

Sudan’s constitution, according to him, was also to be suspended, border crossings would be closed until further notice. The airspace was being closed for 24 hours.

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