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11 Apr 2019 | 12:09 PM UTC

Sudan: Military seizes power April 11 /update 59

Sudan News Alert

Defence Minister announces president Omar al-Bashir has been ousted and arrested April 11

TIMEFRAME expected from 4/10/2019, 11:00 PM until 4/18/2019, 10:59 PM (Africa/Khartoum). COUNTRY/REGION Sudan, Khartoum, Sudan, Khartoum North

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According to a statement released by the Minister of Defence, president Omar al-Bashir has officially been ousted and arrested by the army as of Thursday, April 11. A Supreme Security Committee will run the country for a two-year transitional period and a state of emergency have been put in place for the next three months. The presidential institution, cabinet, Parliament, State council, and State governments have also been dissolved. Details are still emerging.

Furthermore, the National Intelligence and Security Service has announced earlier in the day it is releasing all political detainees across the country.

In the meantime, the Sudanese Professionals Association (SPA) has announced they will continue to rally until a new civilian government has been formed.

According to the Khartoum International Airport (KRT) spokesperson, movement at the airport is proceeding normally.  

Heightened security measures and associated transportation disruptions are to be expected nationwide, notably in Khartoum, Khartoum North, and Omdurman, near demonstration sites over the coming hours and days. Clashes between protesters and security forces cannot be ruled out.


Anti-government protests began on December 19, 2018, as hundreds of protesters gathered in major urban centers. Protesters initially demanded increased government transparency and economic reforms but had broadened their scope to demand the resignation of President Omar al-Bashir, who was in power since 1989. 


Individuals in Khartoum, and Sudan more generally, are advised to closely monitor the situation, avoid unnecessary travel, remain vigilant of their surroundings and be aware of possible spontaneous protest activities, adhere to all instructions issued by local authorities and their home governments, and avoid all public gatherings and common demonstration sites due to the risk of violence and arrest.


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