Sudanese President Omar al-Bashir toppled, arrested

Military has oust and arrested Sudanese President Omar al-Bashir and announced Thursday to oversee a two-year transitional period followed by nationwide elections.

Bashir was in power for thirty long years since 1989. Defence minister Awad Ibn Ouf said in a televised address to the nation emergency will be placed for three months in Sudan.

Demonstrators however have continued their protests despite an overnight curfew demanding for a civilian council to lead the transition and not the military.

Intelligence service of the country revealed to be freeing all political prisoners and protesters celebrated outside army headquarters in capital city Khartoum after the news broke that Bashir has been toppled.

Bashir could be arrested internationally as the International Criminal Court (ICC) had earlier issued a warrant against him for organizing war crimes and crimes against humanity in the western Darfur region of Sudan.

UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres urged for a transition that would meet democratic aspirations of people.

UK Foreign Secretary said two years of military council is not an answer to the country but a swift move is required.

Bashir was in power for thirty long years since 1989. Defence minister Awad Ibn Ouf said in a televised address to the nation emergency will be placed for three months in Sudan.

African Union condemned military takeover of Sudan saying it was not an appropriate response.

Russia called for calm and said situation of Sudan is being monitored.

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