KHARTOUM, April 11 (Xinhua) -- The Sudanese army has ousted Sudanese President Omar al-Bashir and his government, Sudan's Defence Minister Awad Mohamed Ahmed Ibn Auf said in a long awaited statement aired live on official Sudan TV Thursday.
"I, Awad Mohamed Ahmed Ibn Auf, Sudan's defence minister and head of the higher security committee, declare the ousting of that regime as well as its head and arresting him at a safe place," said Ibn Auf in the statement.
He further said that a transitional military council would be formed to rule the country during a transitional period of two years.
He also announced suspension of the interim constitution of the Republic of Sudan.
The Sudanese defence minister further declared a state of emergency for three months and a curfew for one month.
He announced closure of the Sudanese air space for 24 hours together with border passages all over Sudan until further notice.
The procedures, as well, included dissolving the Presidency and the national council of ministers, provided that the under-secretaries of the ministries run the work.
Additionally, the state governments and legislative councils have also been dissolved with the state governors and security committees there assigned to run those institutions.
The Sudanese capital on Saturday and Sunday saw huge protests that ended with open sit-in before the Sudanese army general headquarters.
Since Dec. 19 last year, Sudan has been witnessing popular protests over the deteriorating economic conditions and price hikes of basic commodities.