As protests for a civilian-led transition intensify in Khartoum, General Awad Ibn Auf has announced he is stepping down just a day after he was sworn in as Sudan’s head of military council.
General Ibn Auf announced his resignation late on Friday in a speech broadcast live on state television. He named Lieutenant General Abdel Fattah Burhan as his successor, stating that he stepped down to preserve the unity of the armed forces
Thousands of protesters had, on Friday, rallied in Sudan’s capital, Khartoum, demanding a civilian-led transition after the military overthrow of the country’s longtime ruler, Omar al-Bashir.
They spent the night on the streets of Sudan’s capital, Khartoum, ignoring a curfew declared by the military.
Ibn Auf in his speech said,”I, the head of the military council, announce I am giving up the post.”
“This is for the benefit of our nation, without having to look at special interests, big or small that may impede its progress,” he said in a brief statement. “I would like to recommend that you work together and reach a solution very speedily.”
Al Jazeera reports that protesters in Khartoum greeted the move with “ululations and cheers.”
“People are celebrating on the streets; they are saying that they managed to topple President Omar al-Bashir after four months of protests and less than 48 hours after the military council took over, they managed to bring down Ibn Auf, too,” she said from the capital.
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