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    Crowd in Khartoum Celebrates Resignation of Transition Military Council Head

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    KHARTOUM (Sputnik) - Sudanese citizens in the capital of Khartoum are celebrating the resignation of Defence Minister Mohammed Ahmed Awad Ibn Auf as head of the transition military council that was established to govern the country in the wake of the ouster of President Omar Bashir, a Sputnik correspondent has reported.

    A crowd in Khartoum is waving flags and setting off flares. The demonstrators are whistling and shouting slogans.

    Ibn Auf announced he was stepping down just a day after he was sworn in as the head of the military council. Ibn Auf named Abdel-Fattah al-Burha the new chief of the council. Al-Burha was sworn in late on Friday.

    READ MORE: Head of Sudan's Military Transition Council Ibn Auf Resigns — Reports

    Notably, the African Union and the European Union have called for a transition of power to a civilian government.

    ​Sudan has seen months of protests that erupted in the country in December. The rallies were initially triggered by a rise in prices for bread and other consumer goods that greatly increased the vulnerability of Sudanese citizens. The protests then took on a new dimension as Sudanese citizens started calling for the resignation of Sudan's President Omar Bashir Bashir, who has been in power for nearly 30 years.

    READ MORE: Deposed Sudanese President Bashir to Face Trial in Sudan — Military Council

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