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Live: Sudanese army takes control, arrests President Omar al-Bashir | All Charts News - breaking news english

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Date created : 11/04/2019 – 07:56Latest update : 11/04/2019 – 15:12

Sudan’s defense minister said on Thursday that President Omar al-Bashir had been detained “in a secure place” and that a military council would run the country for a two-year transitional period.

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In a statement broadcast on state TV Defense Minister Awad Mohamed Ahmed Ibn Auf, in military fatigues, said there would be elections at the end of the transitional period.

Bashir, who ruled with an iron fist since he took power in an Islamist-backed coup in 1989, has been removed after deadly force failed to end four months of nationwide protests for his ouster.

Sudan state television had said earlier on Thursday that the armed forces would make an important announcement soon.

As the country awaited that announcement, more people joined the sit-in outside the ministry in central Khartoum, where protesters chanted: “It has fallen, we won.”

The crisis has escalated since the weekend, when thousands of demonstrators began camping out outside the Defence Ministry compound in central Khartoum, where Bashir’s residence is located.

Fatal clashes

Clashes erupted on Tuesday between soldiers trying to protect the protesters and intelligence and security personnel trying to disperse them. At least 11 people died in the clashes, including six members of the armed forces, the information minister said citing a police report.

Since December 19, Sudan has been rocked by persistent protests sparked by the government’s attempt to raise the price of bread, and an economic crisis that has led to fuel and cash shortages

Opposition figures have called for the military to help negotiate an end to Bashir’s nearly three decades in power and a transition to democracy.

The demonstrators at the Defense Ministry had said that they wanted to submit a petition for the armed forces to take their side in their attempt to remove Bashir and his Islamist-backed administration.

(FRANCE 24 with REUTERS, AP and AFP)