Sudan coup: things you need to know about ousted leader Omar al-Bashir

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Omar al-Bashir
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Sudan military on Thursday announced the ouster of President Omar al-Bashir, bring to an end his 30-year rule.

Bashir, who took over Sudan’s leadership in 1989 was overthrown following a 5-day demonstration by civilians who demanded his resignation.

In response, the country’s military arrested Bashir and took over leadership of the country.

The head of Sudan’s Supreme Security Committee, General Awad Ibn Auf reportedly said that the country will be in the hands of military for a period of two years. Here are things you need to know about the fallen leader Bashir.

  1. Al-Bashir got into power in 1989 in a coup and was validly elected as Sudan’s leader in 2010.
  2. Nobody knows about his family or children.
  3. He gave asylum to al-Qaeda leader Osama Bin Laden in the 1990s.
  4. Bashir brokered a peace deal with the South in 2011, leading to a loss of 75 percent of Sudan’s oil wells.
  5. His term was to expire in 2020, upon which he had pledged to step down.

According to statistics, the Sudan coup brings the total number of successful coups in Africa to 206.