Sudan’s Al-Bashir Deposed, Arrested, Military To Marshal Two Years Transition
Khatoum (National Times)-Sudan’s Defense Minister and vice president General Ahmed Awad IBN Auf has issued a statement announcing the arrest of president Omar Al Bashir and the putting in place of a military transitional council to pilot the nation for the next two years.
The statement issued on the nation’s state Television in the Afternoon hours of Thursday April 11th. It comes in the wake of months of street protest on the streets of the country calling of an end to the Omar Al Bashir era.
The Army’s statement which comes after over five hours of waiting since the early hours of today has triggered wild celebrations in Khatoum and other parts of the country.
General Awad announced a three months state of emergency across the entire nation. The same statement holds that, the country’s 2005 constitution will be suspended; The borders of the country have been closed till further notice.A new constitution will see the light of day at the end of the transitional period.
The deputy president said, he has decided to get rid of the entire regime and to enable Sudanese enter an era of a descend life. Though a key former ally of Bashir, the Defense Minister accuses the regime of corruption, embezzlement among other wrongdoings. He disclosed that, the arrested former leader is in “a safe place”.
Awad announced he will be in charge of the military transitional council for the next two years. In the meantime, the long awaited statement has also announced the immediate release of all political prisoners while promising to organise credible elections.
The entire government and parliament has been dissolved. He reiterates in his speech that, work will go on smoothly across the country with Secretaries at ministerial departments to continue with normal duties. Local authorities across the country are also expected to remain in charge.
Today’s development brings an end to a 30 year rule of Omar Al Bashir. Omar Al Bashir assumed power following a bloodless coup in 1989. He has lived an era of multiple conflicts across the country.
Under Bashir, Sudan has fought two civil wars affecting at least 1.5 million people. Over 200.000 People have died following the war in Dafur. Millions of internally displaced persons are in the country. In 2003, the Al Bashir regime reached a deal with rebel groups.
In 2011, a referendum was organized in the country leading to the independence of Southern Sudan from the rest of the country. South Sudan left with a greater part of the country’s rich oil deposits rupturing the state purse.
The military taking over today has been viewed as a coup and not a revolution. Frontline activists in the meantime time are already grumbling that, the change announced is not what they have been clamouring for.
Bashir, 75 is still under the pressure of international warrant of arrest from the International Criminal Court for crimes against humanity. Members of his ruling National Congress are feared to be on collision course with the new military leadership.
Protest emerged since December 19, 2018 in the city of Atbara following a swift rise in the price of bread. Sudan is one of Africa’s most important countries with a population of over 42 million people according to United Nation (UN) estimates of the first quarter of 2019. A new statement is expected in the hours ahead to detail the transition process.