Visit our new website:

Sudan's military council chief Ibn Auf resigns day after overthrowing Omar Al-Bashir

  • Sat, 13 Apr 2019 14:29
Fri, 2019-04-12 22:46

CAIRO, KHARTOUM: Sudan’s Defense Minister Awad Ibn Auf said on Friday that he is stepping down as head of the country’s transitional military council, a day after former President Omar Al-Bashir was overthrown in a coup.

Lt. Gen. Abdel Fattah Abdelrahman Burhan will be the new head of the transitional military council, Ibn Auf said in a speech broadcast on state television on Friday. 

Ibn Auf said: “I, the head of the military council, announce I am giving up the post.” He said he took the decision to preserve unity of the armed forces.  

The head of the military council’s political committee, Gen. Omar Zein Abedeen, earlier said the council would hold a dialogue with political entities.

The council also announced that it would not extradite Al-Bashir to face accusations of genocide at the international Criminal Court. Instead he might go on trial in Sudan.

Friday’s announcement of a future civilian government by Zein Abedeen, appeared aimed at reassuring mistrustful demonstrators who went back into the streets to warn against imposing army rule after Al-Bashir’s ouster. 

Separately, Zein Abedeen told diplomats Al-Bashir’s toppling after 30 years in power was “not a military coup.” The council also appealed for aid to tackle the country’s economic crisis.

Tens of thousands of Sudanese protesters have been rallying in front of the military headquarters in Khartoum, against the military takeover of power after ousting Al-Bashir on Thursday. 

At least 16 people were killed, and 20 injured by stray bullets at protests and sit-ins on Thursday and Friday, a Sudanese police spokesman said in a statement on Saturday.

Government buildings and private property were also attacked, spokesman Hashem Ali added.

Addressing the UN Security Council on Friday, Sudan’s envoy Yasir Abdelsalam said the two-year transition period to civilian rule could be shortened.

Abdelsalam offered assurances that the military council would support an inclusive civilian-led government.

“The (military) council will be the guarantor of a civilian government to be formed in collaboration with political forces and stakeholders. No party will be excluded,” said Abdelsalam.

The Security Council was meeting to discuss the situation in Abyei, a territory disputed by Sudan and South Sudan.

Zein Abedeen stressed that the military takeover had no political or economic agenda.

But the Sudanese Professionals Association (SPA) restated its demand for power to be handed immediately to “a transitional civilian government.”

Worshippers packed the streets around the Defense Ministry for Friday prayers, witnesses said, heeding a call by the SPA to challenge the military council.

“We do not reject a military council in principle, but we reject these people because they are from Bashir’s regime,” said Abdelhamid Ahmed, a 24-year-old doctor at the sit-in. 

“We don’t want Ibn Auf, we don’t want any military government,” said one protester.

Main category: 
Profile: How Ibn Auf went from regime insider to new Sudan rulerSudan’s army won’t extradite Bashir, vows next government will be civilian Middle-East



Related Stories

Sudan army rulers, protesters plan more talks after no agreement
  • Mon, 20 May 2019 11:31

Author: Bassem Aboualabass | AFPID: 1558322109248263800Mon, 2019-05-20 03:12 KHARTOUM: Sudan’s army rulers and protest leaders said more ...

Former CIA chief Brennan to brief Dems on Iran
  • Mon, 20 May 2019 03:50

Author: By LISA MASCARO | APID: 1558249363110266800Sun, 2019-05-19 06:48 WASHINGTON: House Democrats will hear from former CIA director Joh...

Iran is not pursuing war: Revolutionary Guards chief
  • Sun, 19 May 2019 19:22

Sun, 2019-05-19 09:40 GENEVA: Iran is not pursuing war, the head of the elite Revolutionary Guards said on Sunday, according to the Fars news agency....

New York Times: Trump may pardon military men accused or convicted of war crimes
  • Sun, 19 May 2019 14:42

Author: Sun, 2019-05-19 04:37 WASHINGTON: US President Donald Trump has asked for files to be prepared on pardoning several US military members ...

Libya’s NOC chief says instability could lead to 95% oil production loss
  • Sun, 19 May 2019 03:09

Sat, 2019-05-18 15:57 JEDDAH: Libya's National Oil Corporation (NOC) chief said on Saturday continued instability in Libya could make it lose 95% of ...

Council of Europe to allow Russia to vote again, move angers Kiev
  • Fri, 17 May 2019 23:58

Author: ReutersID: 1558099302585092800Fri, 2019-05-17 13:14 HELSINKI: The Council of Europe adopted a declaration Friday that allows Russia...

Texas officer shoots and kills woman after stun-gun struggle
  • Wed, 15 May 2019 16:18

Author: APID: 1557876054981786100Tue, 2019-05-14 23:01 BAYTOWN, Texas: A police officer shot and killed a woman at a Houston-area apartment...

Sudan talks resume after shootings mar breakthrough
  • Wed, 15 May 2019 15:15

Author: Tue, 2019-05-14 23:13 KHARTOUM: Protest leaders resumed talks with Sudan’s military rulers Tuesday seeking to build on a political bre...

UN chief meets NZ mosque victims, decries online hate
  • Wed, 15 May 2019 01:24

Author: AFPID: 1557810857937137600Tue, 2019-05-14 05:02 CHRISTCHURCH: UN Secretary General Antonio Guterres warned hate speech was spreadin...

Iran foreign minister in India for talks after US sanctions
  • Tue, 14 May 2019 23:57

Author: ReutersID: 1557814668527216000Tue, 2019-05-14 06:15 NEW DELHI: Iran’s Foreign Minister Javad Zarif will hold talks with his count...

Brother of Sudan’s Bashir not in detention: army
  • Tue, 14 May 2019 12:57

Author: AFPID: 1557801929866781500Tue, 2019-05-14 02:30 KHARTOUM: Sudan’s ruling military council said Tuesday that a brother of ousted p...

Sri Lanka under curfew after anti-Muslim riots
  • Tue, 14 May 2019 09:54

Mon, 2019-05-13 17:46 COLOMBO: Sri Lanka imposed a nationwide night curfew Monday, after anti-Muslim riots spread to at least three districts just n...