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Sudan says NO to worldwide criminal court over Omar al-Bashir

Sudan says NO to worldwide criminal court over Omar al-Bashir

But for angry protesters, the same regime remained in place, and since the announcement, they have turned their anger on the council and its newly appointed chief Ibn Ouf.

The defence minister announced military rule for two years, imposing an emergency clampdown that risks enflaming protesters who have demanded civilian democratic change.

Hundreds of thousands of demonstrators spent a sixth night on the streets outside Army headquarters in Khartoum on Thursday and on Friday, in deliberate defiance of a 10pm curfew imposed by the military when they announced their coup. He did not explain his reasons for the resignation but promptly named another general, Abdel-Fatah al-Burhan Abdel-Rahman, as his replacement.

The military rulers vowed to open a dialogue with all political groups on forming a civilian government as protesters railed against their seizure of power after ousting president Omar al-Bashir.

"God willing, the government will be completely civilian..."

They are demanding a transition to civilian rule before they return home.

Lieutenant General Abdel Fattah al-Burhan Abdelrahman will be the new head of the council, Ibn Auf said.

"Until these demands are fully met, we must continue with our sit-in at the General Command of the Armed Forces", the SPA said.

The African Union said Bashir's overthrow by the military was "not the appropriate response to the challenges facing Sudan and the aspirations of its people".

The military says it will not extradite him on war crimes charges.

Mohammed AbdulHamid, a veteran Sudanese journalist and chairman of Sudan of Tomorrow, a media station for the Sudan Professionals Association which is leading the protests, told The National that Mr Ibn Auf is a committed Islamist who benefited from Mr Al Bashir's National Congress Party (NCP).

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During the Darfur conflict, he was head of military intelligence and the U.S. imposed sanctions on him in 2007 in relation to his alleged support for militia blamed for atrocities there.

Mr Bashir is the subject of an worldwide arrest warrant issued by the global Criminal Court (ICC), over alleged war crimes and crimes against humanity in Sudan's western Darfur region.

"The basic desire of the people of Sudan is the establishment of peace and stability in the country and the adoption of measures which would enable overcoming the economic difficulties", it said, adding that Sudan's security and stability are crucial for the region.

Now the popular uprising that ousted Mr Al Bashir has also forced Mr Ibn Auf to stand aside.

But demonstrators say the military council is part of the same regime. He also said Chief of Staff Kamal Abdelmarouf al-Mahi was relieved of his position as deputy head of the transitional military council.

Around the same time, Sudanese political exiles in Egypt were reportedly being hunted by spies from Sudan's National Intelligence Security Service (NISS).

Instead, they must now consign to history the assault on human rights that marked al-Bashir's 30 years in power.

Earlier, the main protest organising group rejected the transitional military council's promise to set up a civilian government and hand over power to an elected president within two years.

Britain's Foreign Secretary Jeremy Hunt has said that a two-year transition overseen by the military "is not the answer".

Burhan, the new head of the transitional military council, was the inspector general of the Sudanese armed forces and its third most senior general.


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