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Friday, April 12, 2019, 11:06
Sudan defense minister sworn in as head of transitional council
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Friday, April 12, 2019, 11:06 By Xinhua

In this file photo taken on March 14, 2019, Sudan's President Omar al-Bashir (right) is seated alongside his first vice president Lieutenant General Awad Mohamed Ahmed ibn Auf (left) as they pose for a group photo with members of the new 20-member cabinet taking oath at the presidential palace in the capital Khartoum.  (ASHRAF SHAZLY / AFP)

KHARTOUM - Sudan's Defense Minister Awad Mohamed Ahmed Ibn Auf on Thursday was sworn in as head of the transitional council in Sudan, official Sudan TV reported.

"Awad Mohamed Ahmed Ibn Auf took the constitutional oath as chairman of the Transitional Military Council and Kamal Abdul-Marouf Al-Mahi as his deputy," according to the report.

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Earlier on Thursday, Ibn Auf announced the ousting of Sudanese President Omar al-Bashirand his government.

He further declared a state of emergency for three months and a curfew for one month.

The defense minister said that a military council would be formed to run the country during a transitional period of two years.

He also announced suspension of the interim constitution of the Republic of Sudan, and closure of the Sudanese air space for 24 hours together with border passages all over Sudan until further notice.

READ MORE: Sudan's Bashir ousted by military, placed under arrest

Since Dec 19 last year, Sudan has been witnessing popular protests over the deteriorating economic conditions and price hikes of basic commodities. 

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