Sudan pays high price in blood for overthrowing Al-Bashir

Sudan pays high price in blood for overthrowing Al-Bashir

"While many Sudanese people will be delighted by the end of Omar al-Bashir's deeply repressive 30-year rule, we are alarmed by the raft of emergency measures announced today".

However, demonstrators fear the coup leaders are too close to deposed President Omar al-Bashir.

Rights group Amnesty says the coup in Sudan is a wake up call to leaders who deny people their basic rights.

As protesters continued a sit-in outside the army headquarters in the capital Khartoum, the Rapid Support Forces (RSF), a paramilitary organisation that had always been considered loyal to Bashir and the government, "apologised" in a statement for having participated in the military council at the beginning.

Mr Bashir is the subject of two global arrest warrants issued by the worldwide Criminal Court (ICC), which accuses him of organising war crimes and crimes against humanity in Sudan's Darfur region between 2003 and 2008.

"The one, right now, announced that he's going to take over for two years, it won't [change] anything for Sudan and it won't be no change", said Atem.

"Bashir is wanted for some of the most odious human rights violations of our generation, and we need to finally see him held accountable", Amnesty secretary general Kumi Naidoo said in a statement.

On Thursday, the military ousted 75-year-old Omar al-Bashir after months of street protests by citizens.

The U.S. State Department has called on the Sudanese military to "follow the will of the people" and "commit to the speedy handover to civilian rule".

Ouf, on a US sanctions list for Darfur genocide along with his former boss al-Bashir, was sworn in on Friday as head of the new military transitional council that has taken charge for the next two years.

The force's leader Mohammed Hamdan Dagolo, known as Hemedti, reportedly personally resents Awad Ahmed ibn Auf, the new leader of the military council who announced Bashir's arrest on Thursday.

"We have no ambition to hold the reins of power".

Sudan analyst and researcher Eric Reeves described the military's ouster of the longtime president as a "palace coup with al-Bashir as scapegoat".

Ibn Ouf, who is on a US sanctions list for genocide in Darfur, was sworn in as head of the new military transitional council, which also includes Zein Abedeen.

World powers, including the United States and Britain, said they supported a peaceful and democratic transition sooner than two years. Sudan isn't a signatory to the Rome Statute that established the ICC and the army on Friday said they wouldn't extradite him.

Lt-Gen Abidin, who heads the military council's political committee, said on Friday: "The solutions will be devised by those in protest".

"There is a national state of emergency in effect across Sudan, which gives security forces greater arrest and incarceration powers", the advisory said.

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