In pictures: The coup in Sudan

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Lt. Gen. Omar Zain al-Abdin, head of the new Sudanese military council’s political committee, addresses journalists in Khartoum on Friday, April 12, one day after Sudan’s army ousted the Arab-African country’s longtime President, Omar al-Bashir.

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Updated 8:34 AM ET, Fri April 12, 2019

Lt. Gen. Omar Zain al-Abdin, head of the new Sudanese military council’s political committee, addresses journalists in Khartoum on Friday, April 12, one day after Sudan’s army ousted the Arab-African country’s longtime President, Omar al-Bashir.

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Sudanese President Omar al-Bashir has been arrested and forced from power in a military coup.

His removal comes amid an uprising that has seen thousands take to the streets across the country. The largely peaceful protests have escalated in recent days, as different armed government groups engaged in deadly clashes.

The protests started as a demonstration against the rising costs of living but escalated into a push for Bashir’s removal from office, with mass rallies and sit-ins outside the presidential compound and army headquarters. Bashir n February had declared a yearlong state of emergency in response to the protests.

Bashir took control after a coup in 1989 and became president in 1993.



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