President Erdoğan calls for Sudan to restore peace, democracy

Posted April 12, 2019

President Omar al-Bashir, who ruled Sudan in autocratic style for 30 years, was on Thursday overthrown and arrested in a coup by the armed forces. He added that elections would be conducted at the end of the transitional period. "The Sudanese authorities should now turn Bashir. over to the International Criminal Court so that the victims of these unspeakable crimes can see that justice is done". He became notorious for a deadly crackdown on insurgents in the Darfur region that made him an global pariah, wanted on genocide charges.

Sudan's main protest group has said it will reject any attempts at military rule or a reincarnation of the old regime.

The statement called on the worldwide community to help Sudan to have a peaceful transition. "That means respecting the rights to freedom of expression and assembly".

Heavy chants against Mr Al-Bashir's reign rented the air across the county, and solidarity songs by the military were reported to be playing on the airwaves.

Some elements within the military had appeared to side with demonstrators against armed militia loyal to Bashir and the feared intelligence services.

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It went on to urge Sudanese protesters to "maintain their ongoing demonstration outside army headquarters in Khartoum and in other parts of the country".

Sudanese defense minister has announced the military has overthrown and arrested President Omar al-Bashir and has taken charge of the country for the next two years following almost four months of protests against his rule.

Sudan's state security agency announced the release of all political prisoners across the country, but did not say when.

Reports have also noted that current and former officials were arrested, that military officers surrounded the presidential palace, that the army had taken over the state TV and radio, and that the main airport in the capital was shut down. According to who is counting, between 45 and 60 people have been killed by government forces firing on the demonstrators, and hundreds have been arrested - some of them tortured.

In the run-up to the live military broadcast, footage showed tanks and military armoured vehicles on the streets, while witnesses said soldiers had been deployed to key sites across the Khartoum.

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There were reports of soldiers shedding their uniforms to join the protests and on February 10 the military said it would respond to the "legitimate" demands of the people and "protect the nation".

A long civil war with southern separatists ended in 2005 and South Sudan became an independent country in 2011.

Mr Bashir is the subject of an worldwide arrest warrant issued by the global Criminal Court (ICC), which accuses him of organising war crimes and crimes against humanity in Sudan's western Darfur region.

The U.S. State Department issued a "shelter in place" warning for U.S. citizens in Sudan on Thursday morning, advising them to avoid crowds and areas where demonstrations are taking place.

A spokeswoman for the Sudanese Professionals Association, said clashes erupted again early Tuesday between security forces and protesters who have been camping out in front of the complex in Khartoum since Saturday.

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