Sudan’s defence minister and leader of the coup Minister that seized power from Omar al-Bashir,has stepped
Defence Minister Awad Ibn Auf announced his decision in a broadcast on state TV on Friday naming Lt Gen Abdel Fattah Abdelrahman Burhan as his successor.This comes after protesters refused to leave the streets, saying the coup leaders were too close to Bashir.
In the broadcast, he said another military general would be in charge of the country. “I hereby announce my resignation as head of the Transitional Military Council and the appointment of the person, in whose experience and suitability I trust to bring this ship to a safe shore,” Ibn Ouf said on television.
Ibn Ouf also said he had fired Kamal Abdelmarouf, his deputy, before stepping down.
Ibn Auf was head of military intelligence during the Darfur conflict. Mr Bashir has been indicted by the International Criminal Court (ICC) on charges of war crimes and crimes against humanity over that conflict.
Omar al-Bashir’s downfall followed months of unrest that began in December over rising prices. At least 38 people have died in the protests.
Bashir has been indicted by the International Criminal Court (ICC) on charges of war crimes and crimes against humanity over the Darfur conflict.