BASHIR Forced out of power
By David Mono Danga in Juba and
Sudanese President Omar Hassan Al Bashir has been ousted by the country’s military after months of protests demanding for his resignation after 30 years in power.
In a statement read on the national television, The Sudan TV yesterday, Sudan’s Minister of Defense, Awad Mohamed Ahmed Ibn Auf, confirmed that The Sudanese military had removed President Omar al-Bashir from power and set up a transitional military council to rule the country for two years.
He confirmed that President Omar al-Bashir had been forced from power and his government dissolved after months of demonstrations calling for his ouster.
He said a two-year military council had been established to oversee a transition of power, ending Bashir’s three decades of rule. The defense minister said that Bashir had been forcibly removed and was now being “kept at a safe place.”
“A three-month state of emergency has been declared, and a curfew from 10 p.m. to 4 a.m. imposed. Ports and medical facilities will be secured,” Awad Mohamed Ahmed said on Sudan TV.
He also revealed that Sudan’s cabinet, it’s National Assembly and municipal bodies had been dissolved, and the country’s constitution suspended.
“The judiciary, public prosecution, embassies and diplomatic entities will continue to function as normal,” defense minister Awad Mohamed Ahmed added.
“All political prisoners, detained by the country’s security services since a wave of anti-government demonstrations first gripped the nation in December will be released,” he said.
The news of Bashir’s ousting went viral among the Sudanese. They shouted a chant addressed to the president: “You’ve been dancing for 30 years. It’s our turn to dance.”
“It’s a huge day for Sudan’s people, it’s a revolution day,” a man in the crowd, Elsamawal Alshafee, 32, said as quoted by the News York Times yesterday.
Bashir played a great role in the signing of the Revitalized Agreement on the Resolution of Conflict in South Sudan (R-ARCSS) when he mediated the IGAD led revitalization forum in September 2018.
Omar Hassan Ahmad al-Bashir was born on 1st January 1944. He was the seventh president of Sudan and was also the head of the National Congress Party (NCP)
Bashir came to power in 1989 when, as a Brigadier in the Sudanese Army, led a group of officers in a military coup that ousted the democratically elected government of prime minister Sadiq al-Mahdi after it began negotiations with the then South Sudanese rebels.
he has been elected three times as President in elections that have been under scrutiny for electoral fraud and in March 2009, al-Bashir became the first sitting president to be indicted by the International Criminal Court (ICC), for allegedly directing a campaign of mass killing, rape, and pillage against civilians in Darfur.
In October 2005, al-Bashir’s government negotiated an end to the Second Sudanese Civil War that led to the 2011 referendum that gave birth to the independence of South Sudan.
Al-Bashir was born in Hosh Bannaga, just north of the capital, Khartoum, to a family of African-Arab descent. He belongs to Al-Bedairyya Al-Dahmashyya, a Bedouin tribe belonging to the larger Ja’alin coalition, an Arab tribe in middle north of Sudan, in the past, part of the Kingdom of Egypt and Sudan.
He received his primary education there, and his family later moved to Khartoum where he completed his secondary education. Al-Bashir is married to his cousin Fatima Khalid. He also has a second wife named Widad Babiker Omer, who had a number of children with her first husband Ibrahim Shamsaddin, a member of the Revolutionary Command Council for National Salvation who had died in a helicopter crash. Al-Bashir does not have any children of his own.
Al-Bashir joined the Sudanese Army in 1960. Al-Bashir studied at the Egyptian Military Academy in Cairo and also graduated from the Sudan Military Academy in Khartoum in 1966. He quickly rose through the ranks and became a paratroop officer. Later, al-Bashir served in the Egyptian Army during the Yom Kippur War in 1973 against Israel.
In 1975, al-Bashir was sent to the United Arab Emirates as the Sudanese military attaché. When he returned home, al-Bashir was made a garrison commander.