JUST IN: Sudan military chief steps down a day after staging coup

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JUST IN: Sudan military chief steps down a day after staging coup

Barely 48 hours after Sudan coup Announcement, the head of Sudan’s military council has stepped down a day after leading a coup that toppled long-time leader Omar al-Bashir amid a wave of protests.

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

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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.

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Mr Bashir’s downfall followed months of unrest that began in December over rising prices. At least 38 people have died in the protests.

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