Sudan's New Ruler Steps Down Within 48 Hours Of Assuming Office
The head of Sudan’s ruling Transitional Military Council has resigned in a speech broadcast live on state television.
General Awad Ibn Auf, named Lieutenant General Abdel Fattah Burhan as his successor.
In his resignation speech, Ibn Auf said his resignation was meant to benefit the Sudanese nation. He said:
I, the head of the military council, announce I am giving up the post.
This is for the benefit of our nation, without having to look at special interests, big or small that may impede its progress.
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I would like to recommend that you work together and reach a solution very speedily.
According to the Qatari-based Television network, Al Jazeera correspondent, Hiba Morgan, the crowds celebrated in the streets after the announcement by Ibn Auf. She said:
People are celebrating on the streets; they are saying that they managed to topple President Omar al-Bashir after four months of protests and less than 48 hours after the military council took over, they managed to bring down Ibn Auf, too.
The new leader, Burhan was due to address the Sudanese public on Saturday. Said, Morgan:
The protesters are waiting to see what kind of vision and plan Burhan has, [in order] to see if he is going to be the person they would want to represent them during the transition period, or whether they should continue with their sit-in.