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Protesters demand civilian government as Bashir is ousted

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Protesters demand civilian government as Bashir is ousted

Protesters demand civilian government as Bashir is ousted

Celebrations erupted outside the Sudanese defence ministry after Vice President and Defence Minister Awad Mohamed Ahmed Ibn Auf announced that Sudanese President Omar al-Bashir was deposed.

Edward Baran reports.

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Protesters demand civilian government as Bashir is ousted

Waking up to their first morning without President Omar al-Bashir in power.

The mood is celebratory outside Sudan's defence ministry in Khartoum after Bashir, whose autocratic rule lasted three decades, was overthrown in a military coup on Thursday.

Despite the clear jubilation of these protesters, they have a further key demand -- that military leaders hand over power to civilians.

Demonstrators said they would not accept an administration led by military and security figures, or by Bashir's aides.

They chanted "They removed a thief and brought a thief!" and "Revolution!

Revolution!" (SOUNDBITE) (Arabic) SUDANESE PROTESTER, AHMED ABBAS, SAYING: "If they don't bring a civilian government representing the Sudanese people properly, our revolution will be incomplete and would not represent the hopes and dreams of the Sudanese people and for this reason we will continue to protest." (SOUNDBITE) (Arabic) SUDANESE PROTESTER, MOHAMED ALI, SAYING: "Honestly we will continue to sit here in this square until all our demands are met." Seventy-five-year-old Bashir had faced 16 weeks of demonstrations against his rule.

The country's Defence Minister said Sudan would enter a period of military rule to be followed by presidential elections.

Sudan's ruling military council said it expects a transition period to be two years at most, but possibly as short as one month.

Overnight, demonstrators had defied a nighttime curfew, continuing their demands that military leaders hand over power.

World powers, including the U.S. and Britain, said they supported a peaceful and democratic transition sooner than two years.

Thousands are still camping out outside the Defence Ministry and are calling for mass prayers.

They've vowed to continue their protests until a civilian government is established.




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