Sudan’s President Omar al-Bashir has been removed by the military after months of anti-government protests against his three-decade rule.
Al-Bashir was replaced by a military council headed by General Awad Ibn Auf, who imposed a three-month state of emergency and declared a transitional body that would rule the country for two years.
The coup and installation of the council were rejected by the protesters, who said the moves did not meet their long-standing demands for a civilian-led government.
Amid continued demonstrations, Ibn Auf resigned on Friday evening and named Lieutenant General Abdel Fattah al-Burhan as his successor.
Since December, Sudan has witnessed persistent protests sparked by rising food prices that quickly escalated into wider calls for al-Bashir’s departure.
The latest crisis escalated on April 6 when thousands of demonstrators began a sit-in outside the army headquarters in the capital, Khartoum.
Dozens of people have been killed in protest-related violence since the start of the demonstrations.
The Sudanese Professionals Association (SPA), the umbrella group at the forefront of the protests, said an attempt was under way to break up the sit-in outside the army headquarters in the capital Khartoom.
The SPA urged people to respond and “protect your revolution” by continuing to stage protests, according to a statement published on its social media pages.
Meanwhile, Sudan’s military council said it was restructuring the council and appointed Colonel General Hashem Abdel Muttalib Ahmed Babakr as army chief of staff.
Colonel General Mohamed Othman al-Hussein was appointed as deputy chief of staff, the council said in a statement.