Sudanese Demonstrators Surround Army General's Vehicle in Protest Against Takeover

Sudanese Demonstrators Surround Army General's Vehicle in Protest Against Takeover

Sudanese Demonstrators Surround Army General's Vehicle in Protest Against Takeover

After Sudan's army removed Omar al-Bashir from power on Thursday, here are some other cases where world leaders have fallen after the military sided with popular protests.

Sudan strongman Omar al-Bashir, who ruled in autocratic style for 30 years, was overthrown as president and arrested in a coup by the armed forces on Thursday, with protesters quickly taking to the streets to demand that the military hand over power to civilians.

Speaking on state TV, Awad Ibn Ouf said the army had made a decision to oversee a two-year transitional period followed by elections.

Awad Ibn Ouf said on state TV that a three-month state of emergency was being put in place. Within hours of Bashir's ouster, a group of female protesters was marching through the streets demanding the fall of Auf's government.

In an address on state television, Defence Minister Awad Mohamed Ahmed Ibn Auf, announced a two-year period of military rule to be followed by presidential elections.

Earlier this week, the sit-in protesters were attacked on two consecutive nights, but on both occasions the army reportedly stepped in to protect them.

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

President Omar al-Bashir has maintained a tight clasp on the country's governance for almost three decades, having taken office in 1989.

How did the coup unfold?

Putin met Bashir last July in Moscow where the Sudanese leader said Russian Federation was playing an important role in "preparing Sudanese military personnel".

The nation is now expecting a further announcement from the military that has said an "important statement" would be forthcoming.

In a statement, it refused to accept what it called a military coup that retains numerous faces that Sudan's people rebelled against.

Attempts by the authorities to quell the protests, which include security forces loyal to Mr Bashir opening fire on protesters, have been unsuccessful.

"What is happening in Sudan is that the old system is being rebuilt in new clothes", said activist Mohammed Hisham.

A young woman who became a symbol of the protests also dismissed the military announcement.

But in the eastern cities of Kasala and Port Sudan, protesters stormed NISS buildings after the releases failed to materialise, witnesses said.

Government officials said 38 people had died since December but Human Rights Watch said the number was higher.

"It's not just Bashir stepping down".

Analysts said those demands aren't likely to be met by the powerful security establishment.

Demonstrations intensified on Saturday amid commemorations of a previous uprising in 1985, bringing thousands more people into the streets, he said.

The UN chief voiced his "expectation that the democratic aspiration of the Sudanese people will be realised through an appropriate and inclusive transition process", said his spokesman Stephane Dujarric.

In a statement, he also said that justice was "long overdue" for Mr Bashir. As of Thursday morning, the junta has not indicated whether it will extradite him to stand trial at the ICC.

Al-Bashir, whose whereabouts were not immediately known, came to power in a coup of his own in 1989, backed by the military and Islamist hard-liners.

The European Union urged the army to carry out a "swift" handover to civilian rule. The civil conflict with the south of the country ended in 2005 and South Sudan became independent in 2011.

But it was Bashir's response to the insurgency in the western Darfur region that has come to define his legacy.

Bashir is wanted on charges of genocide and war crimes by the International Criminal Court.

Defying the ICC, Bashir continued to visit friendly foreign states as he tried to show he had not been cowed by the global arrest warrant. However, his last victory was marred by a boycott from the main opposition parties.

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