Sudan military topples Bashir after protests Apr 12, 2019 0 757 12345 ReutersKHARTOUMPresident Omar al-Bashir, who ruled Sudan for 30 years, was overthrown in a military coup on Thursday, but protesters’ jubilation was short-lived as they took to the streets demanding military leaders hand over power to civilians.Bashir, 75, had faced 16 weeks of demonstrations against his rule. Announcing the ouster, Defence Minister Awad Mohamed Ahmed Ibn Auf said Sudan would enter a two-year period of military rule to be followed by presidential elections.Speaking on state television, he said Bashir was being detained in a “safe place” and a military council would now run the country. He did not say who would head it.Ibn Auf announced a state of emergency, a nationwide ceasefire and the suspension of the constitution. Seated on a gold-upholstered armchair, he said Sudan’s airspace would be closed for 24 hours and border crossings shut until further notice.The main organiser of protests against Bashir, the Sudanese Professionals Association (SPA), rejected the minister’s plans. It called on protesters to maintain a sit-in outside the defence ministry that began on Saturday. RELATED ARTICLES Qatar, Bulgaria pledge to enhance relations Apr 12, 2019 0 1760 Assange arrested in London Apr 12, 2019 0 884 Qatar, Germany agree on political solution to Libya crisis, says FM Apr 12, 2019 0 1007 ‘Bulgaria keen on advancing economic ties with Qatar’ Bulgaria President Rumen Radev said on Thursday that his country’s political ties with Qatar are strong and the two sides are looking to build on those ties in the economic areas as well. In a speech at the opening of the .. Thunderstorms likely during weekend: QMD Most areas of the country are likely to witness moderate to heavy rain during the weekend, Qatar Meteorology Department has forecast. “Unsettled weather conditions are expected to continue affecting the country .. Qatar committed to protect human rights, says envoy Qatar is committed to promote and protect human rights, a Qatari diplomat has said. In statement at the United Nations General Assembly in New York, Qatar’s Permanent Representative to the United Nations Ambassador HE .. Closely monitoring developments in Sudan: Qatar QNA Doha Qatar has stressed that it has been closely following the popular movement and developments in Sudan. In a statement on Thursday, Qatar called on all actors in Sudan to uphold the supreme national interest and ..