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Bashir OUT and “In Custody”

Thursday, April 11, 2019

After months of pressure from the citizenry of Sudan calling for 75-year old President Omar al-Bashir to resign, he will see his reign end after nearly 30 years in power. The country’s military council arrested the long-time ruler early on April 11.

Awad Mohamed Ahmed Ibn Auf, the country’s defense minister, said the regime had been removed and its head arrested, announcing the bloodless coup in a statement televised on national television.

The nation rejoiced in the streets following the announcement after staging nationwide protests over the last few months.

Alaa Salah, a major catalyst of the drive to oust al-Bashir, was not completely satisfied. In a tweet, Salah said: “The people do not want a transitional military council. Change will not happen with Bashir’s entire regime hoodwinking Sudanese civilians through a military coup. We want a civilian council to head the transition.”

The ousting of al-Bashir comes shortly after Algerian president Abdelaziz Bouteflika faced a similar fate at the hands of the people, being forced to resign from office before the military stepped in to remove him.