Bashir’s resignation: A timeline of events on Thursday

A timeline of events in Khartoum on Thursday morning:
KHARTOUM, SUDAN – APRIL 11 : Sudanese people march towards military headquarters after the Sudanese Professionals Association’s (SPA) call in Khartoum, Sudan on April 11, 2019. Hundreds of Sudanese protesters on Wednesday staged a sit-in outside army headquarters in the capital for the fifth day in a row amid continued calls for President Omar al-Bashir to step down. Stringer / Anadolu Agency

Sudan Army has announced a transition council after state television had said early Thursday that the armed forces would make an “important announcement soon”, amid speculation that a coup attempt was underway against President Omar al-Bashir following months of protests against his 30-year rule. But Bashir was later reported to have resigned.

Sudan’s President Omar al-Bashir attends a meeting with his new 20-member cabinet as they take oath at the presidential palace in the capital on March 14, 2019. President Bashir swore in a new cabinet on March 14 to tackle the country’s economic crisis that has triggered demonstrations against his rule since December. The new cabinet led by Prime Minister Mohamed Tahir Eila is the third such government formed in less than two years, with the previous two sacked by Bashir for failing to revive the dilapidated economy.

News Central provides a timeline of events in Khartoum on Thursday morning:

  • Sudanese Professionals Association (SPA), which has spearheaded protests, says it will only accept a handover of power to a civilian transitional government, not one set up by military
  • Jubilation in Khartoum and cities across Sudan
  • Army announces Sudan transitional council led by Ahmed Awad Ibn Auf, First Vice President and Defense Minister of Sudan
  • President of the Military Council arrives at the state TV and radio station to give address
  • Head of government Mohamed Tahir Ayla arrested • Interim council is being formed
  • Arabiya Reports Bashir Stepping Down
  • Khartoum Airport closed
  • Reports on political Arrests of former officials, guards, party leaders (SKY) • Military took over TV/Radio
  • Army Chiefs Meeting
  • Protestors take to the street
  • Reports of high profile arrests in Sudan including former VP, former defence minister and head of the ruling party

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