Sudan's Coup Leader Steps Down for Another General

Erika Holt
April 14, 2019

It wasn't clear if the army would move against the protesters.

When Mr Bashir was removed, he was replaced by a military council led by Mr Ibn Auf.

The Sudan Doctors Committee, an affiliate of the Sudanese Professionals Association, which has been spearheading the protests, said 13 people were shot dead on Thursday and three others, including the soldier, were killed Friday.

The ousted president is under house arrest and will be tried for unspecified crimes by Sudanese courts, the military said.

Notably, the African Union and the European Union have called for a transition of power to the civilian government.

"We are committed to our demands that we submitted to the army", SPA spokesperson Rashid Saeed said. "We call on the masses to stay on the streets until all the demands are met".

The new military council is headed by Defence Minister Awad Ibn Auf who was previously regarded as being well placed to succeed Mr Bashir.

State television later broadcast footage of him taking the oath to become head of the council, alongside his new deputy, army chief of staff Lieutenant General Kamal Abdelmarouf.

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Organizers of the demonstration say they'll keep up the campaign.

Some analysts said Ibn Auf's resignation might suggest that groups within Sudan's security forces are still vying for power behind the scenes-and pointed to two factions in particular. "We will not dictate anything to the people". However, he said the defence and interior ministries would be under its control.

Sudan's intelligence service said it was freeing all political prisoners.

He said "no party will be excluded". He received additional military training in Egypt before returning to Sudan and marrying Mr Al Bashir's sister, who was his fourth wife.

The army has said it will oversee a transitional period followed by elections.

Burhan said the Transitional Military Council invites political parties, the opposition and NGOs to deal with the current situation "with cooperation and understanding", adding that a civilian government will be formed after consultations.

"I invite all the people of Sudan, including political parties and civil society groups to engage in dialogue", al-Burhan said in his first televised address to the nation. He denies the allegations.

They called for the abolition of "arbitrary decisions by leaders that do not represent the people" and the detention of "all symbols of the former regime who were involved in crimes against the people". We have come with no ideology, we have come here to maintain order and security to provide the opportunity for the people of Sudan to achieve the change they aspire to.

He said Mr Bashir was being held "in a secure place" but did not give details. The deposed leader is yet to be seen since Thursday's events.

Mr Bashir, one of the world's longest-serving leaders until he was ousted on Thursday, is now in custody.

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