Breaking! Sudan Coup Leader Awad Ibn Auf Steps Down!

Breaking! Sudan Coup Leader Awad Ibn Auf Steps Down!

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The head of Sudan’s military council has stood down a day after leading a coupe-de-ta that toppled long-serving leader Omar El-Bashir amid a wave of protests.

The newly appointed Defence Minister Awad Ibn Auf announced his decision on state TV and immediately named Lt Gen Abdel Fattah Abdelrahman Burhan as his successor.

It comes after protesters refused to leave the streets, saying the coupe leaders were too close to Mr Bashir.

The army has said it would oversee a transition followed by elections.

Mr Ibn Auf was head of military intelligence during the Darfur conflict in the 2000s. Mr Bashir has been indicted by the International Criminal Court (ICC) on charges of war crimes and crimes against humanity over that conflict.

Mr Bashir’s downfall followed months of unrest that began in December over rising prices. At least 38 people have died in the protests

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