Apr 13, 2019 07:07 Asia/Tehran

Sudan’s defence minister Awad Ibn Auf has stepped down as head of the country’s transitional military council a day after former president Omar al-Bashir was overthrown in a coup.

Iran Press/Africa: Lieutenant General Abdel Fattah Abdelrahman Burhan will be the new head of the transitional military council, Ibn Auf said in a speech broadcast on state television on Friday.

Ibn Auf added that he was stepping aside to 'preserve unity' of the armed forces, BBC reported.

 Ibn Auf’s decision to resign comes after protesters refused to leave the streets despite the country’s long-time ruler Bashir being removed as president on Thursday and arrested by the military.

Demonstrations began in December over rising prices and some people have died in the protests.

Last Thursday, Sudanese army in a statement confirmed Omar al-Bashir’s resignation after 30 years in office and declared a three-month state of emergency in the northern African country. 

Bashir is accused of crimes against humanity and genocide against his own people by the International Criminal Court. 101/211/202


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