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Sudan coup leader Awad Ibn Auf steps down

The head of Sudan’s military council has stood down a day after leading a coup that toppled long-time leader Omar al-Bashir amid a wave of protests.

Defence Minister Awad Ibn Auf announced his decision on state TV. He named as his successor Lt Gen Abdel Fattah Abdelrahman Burhan.

It comes after protesters refused to leave the streets, saying the coup 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.

-BBC

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