Apr 11, 2019 17:12 Asia/Tehran

Sudan’s defense minister said that the ousted President Omar al-Bashir was taken into custody on Thursday, effectively putting an end to Bashir’s 30-year rule.

Iran Press/Africa: Awad Ibn Auf confirmed that President Omar al-Bashir had been forced from power and his government dissolved after months of demonstrations calling for his ouster.

A two-year military council has been established to oversee a transition of power, ending Bashir's three decades of rule. The defense minister said that Bashir had been forcibly removed and was now being "kept at a safe place."

A three-month state of emergency has been declared, and a curfew from 10 p.m. to 4 a.m. imposed. Ports and medical facilities will be secured.

Sudan's cabinet, its National Assembly and municipal bodies have been dissolved, and the country's constitution suspended, Ibn Auf said. The judiciary, public prosecution, embassies, and diplomatic entities will continue to function as normal.

All political prisoners, detained by the country's security services since a wave of anti-government demonstrations first gripped the nation in December will be released, the defense minister added.

Crowds converged outside Sudan's military headquarters in central Khartoum on Thursday to hail news of President Omar al-Bashir's removal. The scene was one of jubilation, with protesters and members of the armed forces cheering amid celebratory gunfire. It remains to be seen whether Omar al-Bashir's removal from power, which was one of the central demands of the protesters, will now result in an end to the national demonstrations which have gripped the country for months. 

Bashir is accused of crimes against humanity and genocide against his own people by the International Criminal Court. 103/211/213

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