Sudanese President Omar al-Bashir has been removed from power and detained by the army, Defence Minister Awad Ibn Auf announced on state television.
“I announce as minister of defence the toppling of the regime and detaining its chief in a secure place,” Auf said.
Seated on a gold-upholstered armchair, Auf announced a three-month state of emergency, a nationwide ceasefire and the suspension of the constitution. He also said Sudan’s air space would be closed for 24 hours and border crossings shut until further notice. A two-year transition government administered by the military would take over before general elections will take place in 2021.