Sudanese president removed from power in military coup

Sudanese President Omar al-Bashir, who’s led the African nation for three decades after seizing power, has been removed by a military coup, officials said Thursday.

Demonstrators celebrate Thursday as they head towards the army headquarters amid rumors President Omar al-Bashir was removed from power.
Demonstrators celebrate Thursday as they head towards the army headquarters amid rumors President Omar al-Bashir was removed from power.

Defense Minister Awad Mohamed Abmed Ibn Auf said al-Bashir was taken into custody and his government dissolved. He also said there will be a two-year transition period between governments.
Earlier, a telegram sent by the Sudanese military indicated the coup had occurred. It claimed the army had taken power and said it would form a military council to manage the country. Armored vehicles took strategic positions around the city.

Thousands of protesters marched in Sudan’s capital Thursday waiting for confirmation that he’d been forced out. A crowd of demonstrators gathered outside the military headquarters in Khartoum, shouting, “you’ve been dancing for 30 years. Today it’s our turn to dance.”

Opponents to al-Bashir’s rule have been demonstrating for four straight months.

“It’s a huge day for Sudan’s people, it’s a revolution day,” protester Elsamawal Alshafee told The New York Times.

“In spite of all hurdles and hardships, it is over,” said demonstrator Ahmed Elyas. “We won.”

Al-Bashir took power with a bloodless coup in 1989 and remained for three decades. During his tenure, he was the subject of constant criticism from the West, which said he’d committed genocide in Darfur.

ByNicholas Sakelaris