Sudan's defence minister Awad ibn Ouf takes over after Omar al-Bashir's ouster
Masolo Mabonga|April. 12, 2019
- Omar al-Bashir was ousted on Thursday, April 11, following persistent protests
- The military council on Friday, April 12 swore in Defence minister Awad Ibn Ouf to lead transitional government
- Ouf will be in charge of Sudan for at least two years before handing power to civilians
- Africa Union and United States have expressed reservations over the ouster asking the military to incorporate citizens in the interim government
- Before the ouster, al-Bashir had been in power for 30 years
Sudanese Minister for Defence, Awad Ibn Ouf, has been sworn in to take over leadership of Sudan from Omar al-Bashir who was ousted following persistent mass protests.
Ouf, who was sworn in by Chief Justice Abdul Majid Idris on Friday, April 12, morning, will be the interim president for two years before handing over power to civilians.
Following the successful ouster of al-Bashir on Thursday, April 11, the country's military council in a statement, dissolved the government, suspended the constitution and declared a three-month-state of emergency in the country, BBC reported.
The military also announced that Sudan would remain under its leadership for at least two years before considering to hand over power.
The news did not go down well with some protesters who were anticipating that an election would be held soon to pave way to a more organised and responsive government.
The African Union has expressed reservations over the new developments in Sudan particularly after the military takeover stating the matter could have been handled in a better way.
Through Chair Moussa Faki Mahamat, the union termed the ousting of Bashir as inappropriate considering the current challenges facing the country.
"The chairperson expresses the African Union conviction that the military take-over is not the appropriate response to the challenges facing Sudan and the aspirations of its people,"said the AU in a statement
Before his downfall on Thursday, Bashir had been in power for 30 years.
His regime was marred with protests and civil wars that caused political instability and economic tribulations that resulted to under-development.
The events that culminated into the ouster of the embattled leader began in December 2018 when he increased the price of bread, fuel and other basic needs in the country.
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