The head of Sudan’s ruling military council and leader of the coup that seized power from Omar al-Bashir, Awad Ibn Auf has announced his resignation in a speech broadcast on state television.
General Ibn Auf’s announcement came late on Friday as tens of thousands rallied in Sudan’s capital, Khartoum, demanding a civilian-led transition after the military overthrow of the country’s longtime ruler, Omar al-Bashir.
“I, the head of the military council, announce I am giving up the post,” Ibn Auf said, adding he took the decision to preserve unity of the armed forces.
“This is for the benefit of our nation, without having to look at special interests, big or small that may impede its progress … I would like to recommend that you work together and reach a solution very speedily,” he added.
Lieutenant General Abdel Fattah Adelrahman Burhan will now head the transitional council.
Protesters in Khartoum greeted Ibn Auf’s announcement with “ululating and cheering”.
People are reportedly celebrating on the streets and are saying that they managed to topple President Omar al-Bashir after four months of protests and less than 48 hours after the military council took over, they managed to bring down Ibn Auf, too.