Sudan coup leader Awad Ibn Auf steps down hours after toppling Omar al-Bashir

Ibn Auf delivered the message that al-Bashir had been arrested [Reuters]
Sudan’s defence minister Awad Ibn Auf has stepped down as head of the country’s transitional military council a day after former president Omar al-Bashir was overthrown in a coup.

Lieutenant General Abdel Fattah Abdelrahman Burhan will be the new head of the transitional military council, Mr Ibn Auf said in a speech broadcast on state television on Friday.

He said he was stepping aside to “preserve unity” of the armed forces

Mr Ibn Auf’s decision to resign comes after protesters refused to leave the streets despite the country’s long-time ruler Omar al-Bashir being removed as president on Thursday and arrested by the military.

Rashid Saeed, a spokesman for the main protest group, the Sudanese Professionals Association (SPA), welcomed the move.

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