Sudanese Defence Minister and the Vice President of the country, General Awad Ibn Auf, on Thursday removed President Omar al-Bashir from office after months of protests against his nearly 30 years rule.
General Auf noted that the president (now ex) was taken to a safe location, adding that; “the armed forces will take power with a representation of the people to pave the way for Sudanese people to live in dignity.”
The General who declared a three-month state of emergency also announced the suspension of the constitution and a two-year military rule.
Also, all government institutions, the National Assembly and National Council of Ministers, have been dissolved.
The Sudanese Professional Association which spearheaded the protest however rejected the emergence of a military government. They further demanded the “handover of power to a civilian transitional government that reflects the forces of the revolution”.
The group described the military decision as a slap in the face and vowed to continue its protest until its demands for a political overhaul were met.
“The three-month state of emergency and two years transition is not what we were fighting for,” the group representative told Al Jazeera.
“We are going to use the same momentum that we had to fight Ibn Auf, he is the new enemy … we are not done,” he added.
75 year old Ex-President Al-Bashir who took over power in 1989 is wanted by the International Criminal Court (ICC) apparently over war crimes.
He was accused of mismanaging the nation’s economy which led to high food prices, fuel scarcity and widespread cash shortages.