Sudan's President Omar al-Bashir has been arrested

  • Posted on: 11 April 2019
  • By: sanyu-fm-news

Sudan's President Omar al-Bashir has been arrested and put "in a safe place", the country's defence minister said in a TV address, as he announced the formation of a military-led transitional government.
Seated on a gold-upholstered armchair, Army general Ibn Auf announced a three-month state of emergency, a nationwide ceasefire and the suspension of the constitution.
The country's airspace has also been closed for 24 hours, he said.
Bashir, who ruled with an iron fist since he took power in a coup in 1989, has been removed after deadly force failed to end four months of nationwide protests for his ouster.
Tens of thousands of Sudanese marched early on Thursday through the centre of the capital, Khartoum, in jubilation, dancing and chanting anti-Bashir slogans.
Earlier in the day, people had taken to the streets after the army said it would make "an important announcement".
Thursday also marked the sixth day of a defiant sit-in outside the military's headquarters, which also houses Bashir's official residence and the defence ministry.