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Sudan military declares 3-month state of emergency

Sudan Defence Minister Awad Mohamed Ahmed Ibn Auf. Photo/COURTESY

The Sudan military has declared a three-month state of emergency.

Minister of Defense Awad Mohamed Ahmed Ibn Auf on Thursday addressed the nation in a televised addressed hours after President Omar al-Bashir was removed from power.

He also announced that a curfew from 10 p.m. to 4 a.m. has been imposed with ports and medical facilities to be secured.

The Minister confirmed the dissolution of President al-Bashir’s government after months of demonstrations calling for his ouster.

He said a two-year military council has 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.”

Sudan’s Cabinet, its National Assembly and municipal bodies have been dissolved, and the country’s constitution suspended, Ibn Auf said.

The judiciary, public prosecution, embassies and diplomatic entities is however expected continue to function as normal.

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, the defense minister added.