April 12, 2019 / 8:11 PM / 9 days ago

Sudan defence minister steps down as head of transitional military council

Sudan's Defence Minister Awad Mohamed Ahmed Ibn Auf is sworn in as a head of Military Transitional Council in Sudan in this still image taken from video on April 11, 2019. Sudan TV/ReutersTV via REUTERS

KHARTOUM (Reuters) - Sudan’s Defence Minister Awad Ibn Auf said on Friday that he is stepping down as head of the country’s transitional military council, a day after former president Omar al-Bashir was overthrown in a coup.

Lieutenant General Abdel Fattah Abdelrahman Burhan will be the new head of the transitional military council, Ibn Auf said in a speech broadcast on state television on Friday.

Reporting by Khalid Abdelaziz; Writing by Hesham Hajali; Editing by Hugh Lawson

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