Just the day after becoming military council chief, Mr. Ibn Auf quits the position…
The head of Sudan’s military council has walked down a day after leading a coup that overthrew long-time leader Omar al-Bashir amid a surge of protests.
Defense Minister Awad Ibn Auf disclosed his decision on state TV, saying his successor will be Lt-Gen Abdel Fattah Abdelrahman Burhan.
However, the army has said it will stay in power for two years, followed by elections.
Still, protest leaders urge they will not leave the streets until the military hands over to a civilian government.
How did it start?
The downfall of Mr. Bashir’s pathed months of unrest that began in December over rising prices.
During Mr. Ibn Auf as head of military intelligence, it gave space to Darfur conflict in the 2000s.
Following this, The US imposed sanctions on him in 2007.
The new head in charge also is a top military figure, but the Associated Press news agency reports that his record is cleaner than other Sudanese generals.
He is also said to have met with protesters to hear their views.
Also, Mr. Bashir has been known by the International Criminal Court (ICC) on charges of war crimes and crimes against humanity over the Darfur conflict.
Thus, the military council has said it will not extradite Mr. Bashir, who denies the charges, although he may be put on trial in Sudan.
Decision to quit
On Thursday despite Mr. Bashir been removed, demonstrators had refused to disperse, camping out outside army headquarters in the capital, Khartoum, in defiance of a curfew.
The military council came out to speak in response for the first time on the issue.
The council denied as it was seeking power, telling the protesters that they would decide the country’s future, while the army maintained public order.
Just a few hours after that, Mr. Ibn Auf announced he was resigning and would be replaced by Lt-Gen Burhan.
Mr. Ibn Auf
I have taken this decision, in order to ensure the cohesion of the security system, particularly the armed forces, from cracks and strife, and relying on God, let us begin this path of change.
The protesters rejoiced his strong and sudden departure but the Sudan Professionals Association, which has been spearheading the demonstrations, later announced that the will confirm soon.
Sudan Professionals Association[SPA]
We have called on the armed forces to ensure the immediate transfer of power to a transitional civilian government.
While they further responded for the destruction of arbitrary decisions by leaders that do not represent the people and the detention of all symbols of the former regime who were involved in crimes against the people.
Until these demands are met completely, we ought to continue with our sit-in at the General Command of the Armed Forces.
The police meanwhile have reported saying, at least 16 people had been killed by stray bullets at the protests that took place on Thursday and Friday.