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    Sudanese demonstrators celebrate after Defence Minister Awad Ibn Auf stepped down as head of the country's transitional ruling military council, as protesters demanded quicker political change, near the Defence Ministry in Khartoum, Sudan April 13, 2019

    Moscow Recognises Sudan's New Authorities

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    Moscow recognises the new government of Sudan, Russian Deputy Foreign Minister Mikhail Bogdanov said in a statement.

    "Yes, of course," said Bogdanov, when questioned whether Moscow recognises the new authorities of Sudan and whether it maintains contact with them.

    On 11 April, Sudanese Defence Minister Awad Mohamed Ahmed Ibn Auf announced that President Omar al-Bashir had been detained and a transitional military council had been established to govern the country for the next two years.

    READ MORE: Sudan's Military Council Retires Defence Chief, Envoys to US and Switzerland

    The next day, the transitional military council, led by Abdel Fattah Abdelrahman Burhan, announced the abolition of the curfew and state of emergency imposed earlier. He announced that the term of the council's work would be a maximum of two years, and confirmed the obligation to transfer power to a civilian government.

    Rallies in Sudan, which have been going on since December 2018, were initially caused by rocketing bread prices, but protesters later changed their demands and called for the resignation of Sudanese President Omar Bashir to end his 30-year rule.

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