Long ruling leader Omar al-Bashir of Sudan has been overthrown by the military after months of unrest among his people. He has since been arrested and placed in a “safe place” according to reports. Omar al-Bashir who himself took over power 30 years ago in a similar fashion through a coup.
The coup comes after over 50 deaths and hundreds of arrests from the protests. Tens of thousands have since flooded the streets of Khartoum to celebrate the occasion with anti-Bashir slogans being chanted all over the city.
The military has since taken over governance with the Defense Minister and Army general Awad Mohamed Ahmed Bin Awaf declaring a state of emergency for 3 months and will take the country through a transitional period of 2 years until elections are held. In light of the regime change further actions have been taken such as closure of the airspace for 24 hrs, i month curfew from 4pm to 4am.
Omar al-Bashir is subject of a IRS warrant issued by the International Criminal Court (ICC) for crimes against humanity due to the atrocities in Darfur. He joins other African leaders who have since been removed from power in Egypt, Algeria, Libya and there is uncertainty about what is going to happen to him following the events of the past week.