Defence Minister, Awad Ibn Auf has announced his decision on state TV
to step down, naming Lt-Gen Abdel Fattah Abdelrahman Burhan as his
The army has said it will stay in power for two years, followed by
elections, but protest leaders said they will not leave the streets
until the military hands over to a civilian government.
Former President Bashir’s downfall followed months of unrest that
began in December over rising prices. Mr. Ibn Auf was head of military
intelligence during the Darfur conflict in the 2000s. The US imposed
sanctions on him in 2007.
The new man in charge is also a top military figure, but the Associated Press news agency reported that his record is cleaner than other Sudanese generals. He is also said to have met with protesters to hear their views.
President Bashir has been indicted by the International Criminal
Court (ICC) on charges of war crimes and crimes against humanity over
the Darfur conflict. However, the military council has said it will not
extradite Mr. Bashir, who denies the charges, although he may be put on
trial in Sudan.