Sudan's army seizes power with a coup

The army seized power in Sudan and arrested President Omar al-Bashir.

Sudan's army seized power on Thursday in a military coup, removed Omar al-Bashir.

Sudan's President Omar al-Bashir has been arrested and put "in a safe place", the country's defense minister said in a TV address, as he announced the formation of a military-led transitional government within two months.

"I announce as minister of defense the toppling of the regime and detaining its chief in a secure place," Ahmed Awad Ibn Auf said on Thursday.

The armed forces will take power with the representation of the people to pave the way for Sudanese people to live in dignity.

The army will rule the country for two years said Gen Auf while declared a three-month state of emergency, a nationwide ceasefire and the suspension of the 2005 constitution, along with the dissolution of the presidency, parliament, and council of ministers.

Sudan's airspace was closed to all flights while the announcement was made that elections can be made after the transition period.

The developments followed protests against the 30-year rule of President Omar al-Bashir in Sudan, an African country with a population of 40 million.

Anti-government protests have been held in the country since 19 December 2018. (ILKHA)

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