The Sudanese military has ousted President Omar al-Bashir, ending his 30 year authoritarian rule over Sudan.
Defense Minister Awad Mohamed Ahmed Ibn Auf announced Thursday that al-Bashir had been taken into custody. Omar al-Bashir has been placed under house arrest, and the Sudanese government has been dissolved. The Sudanese Constitution has also been suspended.
The Defense Minister announced that there would be a two year transition period, during which the military would be in charge of Sudan. Sudanese airspace will be closed for 24 hours, and a 10:00 p.m. curfew is in effect.
A state news agency has also reported that political prisoners held by al-Bashir’s regime were being released.
The move comes in the wake of months of massive street protests in Sudan’s capital of Khartoum against al-Bashir’s regime. Protesters could be seen gathering outside of the military’s headquarters in Khartoum before the announcement was made.
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The leaders of the protests called for caution as uncertainty swirls around the make up of the transitional government. Protest leaders have called for demonstrations to continue in the wake of al-Bashir’s ouster.
Omar al-Bashir’s arrest has fueled some speculation that he may be turned over to the International Criminal Court. Omar al-Bashir is wanted by the Court for crimes against humanity stemming from his role in promoting the ongoing genocide in the Darfur region of Sudan.