Sudan’s longtime leader was ousted in a military coup. Protesters still want democracy.
After months of protests against the regime of Sudanese President Omar al-Bashir, Sudan’s defense minister Gen. Awad Ibn Auf on Thursday stated that the dictator who ruled the country for 30 years had been arrested, his regime overthrown and the constitution suspended.
Ibn Auf stated that the Sudanese military will now be in charge of running the country during a transition period of two years, after which “free and fair” elections should be held. The announcement did not satisfy many protesters that want elections to be held as soon as possible. Ibn Auf also announced a 10pm curfew, but that was violated by protesters in the evening.
Neighboring South Sudan, which broke away from Sudan in 2011 after a years-long civil war, is worried that the coup in Sudan might threaten its fragile peace agreement with the country.