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Al’Bashir ousted, arrested as military announces 2-year rule in Sudan

JUST IN: Al’Bashir ousted, arrested as military announces 2-year rule in Sudan

After nearly three decades of ruling, Sudan’s President Omar al-Bashir has been overthrown and arrested, the defence minister says.

According to BBC, defence minister Awad Ibn Ouf said in a statement on Thursday that the army had decided to oversee a two-year interim period followed by elections.

He also said that a three-month state of emergency was being put in place adding that the country had been suffering from “poor management, corruption, and an absence of justice.

“I announce as minister of defence the toppling of the regime and detaining its chief in a secure place,” he said.

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It is not clear where Mr Bashir is being held.

The defence minister said Sudan’s constitution was being suspended, border crossings were being closed until further notice and airspace was being closed for 24 hours.

As the news broke, crowds of protesters celebrated outside army headquarters, embracing soldiers and climbing on top of armoured vehicles.

It was gathered that Mr Bashir is currently facing an international arrest warrant issued by the International Criminal Court (ICC), which accuses him of organising war crimes and misconducts against humanity in Sudan’s western Darfur region.

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