After the coup in Sudan, now Defence Minister Awad Ibn gave up resignation

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सूडान में तख़्तापलट के बाद अब रक्षामंत्री अवाद इब्न ने दिया इस्तीफ़ा
South Sudan

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 Mr Bashir being removed as president on Thursday and arrested by the military.

Defence Minister Awad Ibn Auf stepped down as head of the transitional military council late on Friday after only a day in the post, as protesters demanded faster political change.

Celebrations erupted on the streets of Khartoum, where thousands of protesters waved flags and illuminated mobile phones in the darkness and drivers hooted car horns. People chanted: “The second has fallen!” a reference to Ibn Auf and Bashir, witnesses said.

The Sudanese Professionals Association (SPA), which has been leading the protests, called for more demonstrations on Saturday.

bn Auf was not a man of the people like Bashir once was, no matter how despised he became. The 65-year-old was a career military man in a country where the military is mostly known for repression and atrocities.

“I, the defense minister, chairman of the High Security Committee, announce the uprooting of the regime and placing its head under custody in a safe location after arresting” Bashir, he said Thursday, without a quiver in his voice as he announced a two-year transitional military government.

His handover to Burhan was equally direct. “I am confident he will steer the ship to safe shores,” Ibn Auf said of Burhan, according to the Associated Press, adding that he was stepping aside to “preserve unity” of the armed forces.

bn Auf was not a man of the people like Bashir once was, no matter how despised he became. The 65-year-old was a career military man in a country where the military is mostly known for repression and atrocities.

“I, the defense minister, chairman of the High Security Committee, announce the uprooting of the regime and placing its head under custody in a safe location after arresting” Bashir, he said Thursday, without a quiver in his voice as he announced a two-year transitional military government.

His handover to Burhan was equally direct. “I am confident he will steer the ship to safe shores,” Ibn Auf said of Burhan, according to the Associated Press, adding that he was stepping aside to “preserve unity” of the armed forces.

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