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

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

Abdul Galil Ahmed, a 28-year-old activist, said he is anxious that some of President Bashir's close allies could remain in office.

Then-Sudanese President Omar al-Bashir in the capital Khartoum on February 12, 2019. "Let me tell them that in Sudan we have a hot summer, a burning hot summer that burns its enemies". "We feel as if they died for nothing, but we will continue until victory".

Mr Bashir is accused of organising war crimes and crimes against humanity there by the International Criminal Court (ICC).

In 2017 Sudan agreed to lease the Red Sea island of Suakin to Turkey, after Ankara requested permission to restore Ottoman-era relics. An opposition source said on Thursday that "a number of leaders of the terrorist Muslim Brotherhood group" were being held along with Bashir, who ruled as an Islamist dictator.

In a statement, Egypt's Foreign Ministry expressed support to the "Sudanese people's choice and will".

Payton Knopf, an analyst at the United States Institute for Peace, called for an worldwide consensus on a civilian-led transition in Sudan, warning that failure to do so could lead to "chaos" in the country.

He also said al-Bashir's heavy-handed security crackdown against protesters had risked cracking the security establishment.

Thousands of protesters began a sit-in at the military's headquarters in Khartoum on April 6, with police and security forces using force to try and disperse the demonstrators who were calling for al-Bashir to step down.

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Organisers of the months-long demonstrations that triggered the overthrow of Sudan's President Omar al-Bashir have urged pro-democracy supporters to protest against a military takeover, renewing their demands for a civilian-led government.

Two high placed officials in the military and the government told AP that the army was now in talks to form a transitional government but did not elaborate on what form that government might take.

He also declared a three-month state of emergency and suspended Sudan's constitution and imposed the month-long curfew, from 10pm to 4am.

All flights in and out of the country were halted earlier in the day after President Omar Al-Bashir was removed from power by the Sudanese military.

Thousands of protesters marched toward the center of the capital Khartoum on Thursday, cheering, singing and dancing in celebration.

The Sudanese army is expected to make "an important announcement", state media said on Thursday, after months of protests against Bashir.

Thursday's brief statement by the National Security and Intelligence service did not indicate when the release would take place.

The military council also said it was declaring a ceasefire across the country, including in war-torn Darfur. The activists spoke on condition of anonymity for fear of reprisal.

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"The United States position is the Sudanese people should be allowed to do so sooner than two years from now", he said.

Professor Hassan Hajji, a political science lecturer at the University of Khartoum, said some opposition groups will refuse any proposal for a military government.

"The army announcement was disappointing", Mohamed Ali told VOA.

The officials declined to elaborate.

First Bouteflika, now al-Bashir?

The situation in Khartoum remains fluid and it wasn't immediately possible to confirm that al-Bashir is being ousted.

Sudanese children wave their national flag on April 11, 2019, as they stand inside an open vehicle in the capital Khartoum. State TV ceased regular broadcasts, showing only the statement promising the statement and urging the public to "wait for it".

Tens of thousands of demonstrators were massed at a sit-in they have held for almost a week outside the military's headquarters in central Khartoum, the capital.

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