Awad Ibn Auf

Omar al-Bashir’s successor steps down

“We toppled two Presidents in two days.” jubilant crowds in Khartoum sang and dance upon Minister of Defence Awad Ibn Auf, who had taken over power from Omar al-Bashir stepped down.

General Awad Ibn Auf announced his resignation on state television just a day after having been sworn in as the chief of the ruling military council that had toppled President Omar al-Bashir.

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However, he appointed Lieutenant General Abdel Fattah al-Burhan as his successor, a move that led to celebrations in Sudan.

“This was our second uprising, first against Bashir and then against Ibn Ouf,” said Mohamed, a protester.

Sudan protestors outside the Army Headquarters
Sudan protestors outside the Army Headquarters

“It fell again, it fell again” shouted other protesters.

The protesters however warned General Abdel Fattah al-Burhan to transfer power to civilian government soon, or face their backlash.

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General Awad Ibn Auf had declared a curfew but to his surprise, the protesters defied it and took to the streets all night long.

Witnesses say that several soldiers could be seen mingling with the civilians and joining in the protests.

Organizers of the protests have urged demonstrators to keep on till their demands are met.



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