Military topples, arrests President al-Bashir

Military topples, arrests President al-Bashir

Notably, the military council that has taken power after removing al-Bashir is led by Defence Minister Awad ibn Ouf, a veteran establishment insider who himself is under sanctions by the United States for his alleged role in supporting those militias.

Ibn Auf said on Thursday that Bashir was being detained in a "safe place" and a military council - which it was later announced he is heading - would now run the country.

Protest organisers have said they won't back a military coup and are now in discussions with the military's leadership about forming a transitional government. "Because it didn't fulfill all missions of the revolution, I ask protestors to sit-in in front of army headquarters till the achievement of Sudan's revolution", he said.

During the Darfur conflict, he was head of military intelligence.

Gosh has also been implicated in crimes in Darfur but is also reviled by protesters because his NISS forces have been responsible for much of the force used on protesters since the anti-Bashir movement began in December, as well as numerous arrests.

Leading protest group, the Sudanese Professionals' Association, issued a statement rejecting the military's declaration, claiming its intervention "reproduced the same faces and institutions that our courageous people have revolted against".

The minister also announcedthe suspension of the Constitution, the dissolution of the National Assembly and a three-month state of emergency for three months.

Zein Abedeen, a member of the transitional council that took over on Thursday after al-Bashir's arrest, tried to strike a conciliatory tone with the protest movement, saying: "We came for you".

Thousands remained camped out near military headquarters in the capital, Khartoum, on Friday, ignoring a curfew declared by the military.

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The announcement on Thursday of military control for a two-year "transitional period" was immediately rejected by protesters who have for nearly four months been demanding Bashir be removed from office and are now calling for the military to hand over power to civilians.

"We reject the formation of the military council".

Said Naidoo: "We need to finally see him held accountable".

Since returning to Khartoum from self-imposed exile, Mahdi has allied his party with the grass-roots who were the driving force behind the mass protests that preceded Thursday's coup. But he declined to provide more details or say where the president of 30 years is being held.

What is the reaction overseas?

He promised people that the army will hand over to a democratic regime after a two-year transitional period.

In Addis Ababa, Ethiopia, the chairperson of the African Union Commission, Moussa Faki Mahamat, said "the military takeover is not the appropriate response to the challenges facing Sudan".

Bashir, 75, had faced 16 weeks of demonstrations against him.

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