Military topples Bashir after months of street protests

In this file photo taken on January 2, 2014, Sudan's President Omar al-Bashir looks on during The India-Africa Summit in New Delhi. He has been ousted by the military. PHOTO | PRAKASH SINGH | AFP

What you need to know:

  • Mr Al Bashir came to power as a little-known general in 1989 during an Islamist and military-backed coup. In the following years, he purged Islamists and insiders from his party.
  • He tightened his control by building up an array of competing security forces and militias, as well as the regular army.

Sudan’s military has ousted President Omar al-Bashir, according to a Defence minister announcement issued Thursday.

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