Military announces two-year rule in Sudan, imposes state of emergency

Omar Al Bashir Sudan

Sudanese military has announced the imposition of a three-month state of emergency following the removal of Omar Al-Bashir from office.

Defence minister, Awad Ibn Auf, who led the ouster on Thursday morning, said the constitution has been suspended and the military will now be in charge of the country for another two years.

Mr Ibn Auf said Sudan’s airspace would be shut for 24 hours, while the nation’s borders would be closed indefinitely.

In a televised address on Thursday, Ibn Auf said: “I announce as minister of defence the toppling of the regime and detaining its chief in a secure place.”

He also said that all political detainees have been freed. However, protesters, who had earlier hailed the toppling, are now demanding immediate installation of democracy.

They vowed to continue the protest even though a curfew has been imposed as part of the three-month state of emergency.