After almost 30 years in power, Sudan president Omar al-Bashir has been removed and arrested, the defence minister, Awad Ibn Ouf, confirmed.
Speaking on state TV, Ibn Ouf, said the army has concluded to oversee a two-year transitional period that would be followed by elections, BBC News reports.
He also said a three-month state of emergency was being put in place to ensure the smooth transition.
It should be recalled that the protests against Bashir, who has been Sudan's president since 1989, have been on-going for several months.
Ibn Ouf said the "regime" was being taken out and Bashir would be kept in a safe place. He also added that the country's constitution would be suspended, border crossings closed until further notice. Also, the nation's airspace would also face closure for for 24 hours.
According to The Guardian, the defence chief said the rule of Bashir created a situation where the poor are getting poorer and the rich getting wealthier.
He said: “For a long time, examining what’s going on in the state and the corruption that is going on. The poor are poorer and the rich are still rich and there are no equal chances for the same people.”
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Meanwhile, Legit.ng earlier reported that in the wake of growing protest that lasted for over four months by thousands of Sudanese, al-Bashir reportedly stepped down from office after 30 years of ruling over the African country.
In the early hours of Thursday, April 11, Sudanese government officials confirmed the development, adding that consultations are ongoing for the formation of transition council, as the country prepares to witness a power shift.
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