The administration of President Donald Trump has congratulated Sudanese nationals for taking up the initiative to oust their president, Omar Hassan Ahmad al-Bashir who has ruled the Northeast African nation for some twenty-six years.
In a press statement April 11, hours after it was announced that the president has been removed via a coup, the US Department of State wrote; “the recent demonstrations clearly articulated the will of the Sudanese people to end Omar al Bashir’s rule. We commend the Sudanese people for maintaining peaceful demonstrations since December 2018.”
The 75-year-old leader who took over as the 7th president of Sudan on October 16, 1993 was overthrown and arrested following months of nationwide protests against his near three-decade rule.
Speaking during an address on state TV General Ahmed Awad Ibn Auf declared that Omar al-Bashir had been overthrown adding that a military council would run the country for two years.
The military General who is also Defense Minister of Sudan announced the suspension of the constitution and the introduction of a month-long overnight curfew.
Applauding Sudanese for taking up the opportunity and setting their nations towards a “new path”, the States department for legitimate democratic elections and the respect of human rights during the transition period. The also reiterated the need for a civilian rule.
“We call on the transitional government to follow the will of the people, work in an inclusive way with all representative parties, and commit to a speedy handover to civilian rule. We condemn the abuse of force by security services that has resulted in the death of more than 20 civilians. We call on all armed parties to show restraint, avoid conflict, and remain committed to the protection of the Sudanese people.”
Announcing that they will in the coming days hold talks with government officials and Sudanese stakeholders in a bid to encourage a “democratic transition” the government of President Donald Trump appreciated the change and new dawn ushered into Sudan.