Omar al-Bashir of Sudan ousted and arrested in a military Coup
Following months of peaceful protests in Sudan, Sudan’s President Omar al-Bashir, who has been in power for nearly 30 years has been ousted and arrested, according to the defence minister.
Speaking on state TV, insisted the army had decided to remove Omar al-Bashir from power as well as oversee a two-year transitional period, which will lead to elections. According to Awad Ibn Ouf , the transitional administration would be headed by himself.
“I announce as minister of defence the toppling of the regime and detaining its chief in a secure place,” Defence Minister Ibn Ouf said. Meanwhile, he accused Omar al-Bashir, who took over power in a coup in 1989 of “poor management, corruption, and an absence of justice.”
Awad Ibn Ouf also announced a three-month state of emergency throughout Sudan.
On what might be interpreted as a sign of good will and an attempt to gain the support of the protesters and an average Sudanese, Sudan’s intelligence service has announced it would free all political prisoners.
The whereabouts of Mr Bashir are at this moment not clear.
Mr Ibn Ouf’s announcement was met with jubilations and celebrations on the streets of Sudan, with some protestors outside the army headquarters saw hugging and embracing soldiers, while others mounted on armoured vehicles in celebration. Cars and motorcycles with happy Sudanese carrying the country’s flags were celebrating on the streets.
The International Criminal Court:
Omar al-Bashir is wanted by the International Criminal Court (ICC) for crimes against humanity allegedly committed in the Darfur region of Sudan. With his outset and arrest, the question is: Will Omar al-Bashir be handed over to the ICC or be protected by the Sudanese military?
End of the protests?
Although the protesters have successfully forced President Omar al-Bashir to step down, it is left to be seen whether that is enough to stop the protests. Interestingly, the protesters had previously insisted they would not accept any transitional administration, which would include “tyrannical regime.” The question is, having been very close to the military for nearly 30 years while in power, would the protesters accept any transitional administration made up of the same military brass, whom many believe, had protected Omar al-Bashir all these years? Would they trust the military enough to give up power after two years of transitional period? Are Sudanese people about to drink the same old wine in a new battle?
The belief is that having succeed in removing their nemesis after near 30 years in power, the determined Sudanese have no choice than to continue pushing for what they want – to live a normal, peaceful life in a democratic Sudan, with access to at least basic services like food, water, health care, education, housing and a better future. We salute the Sudanese for this giant step in the right direction! When will other African countries learn from the Sudanese experience and know that determination can defeat even the most powerful villain?