In Sudan, a transitional military council that will rule for two years has been put in place following the arrest of the President, Omar al-Bashir.
According to the country’s defense minister Ahmed Awad Ibn Auf, the president has been put “in a safe place”.
The minister, who made this known in a TV address, also announced the formation of a military-led transitional government.
Seated on a gold-upholstered armchair, Army general Ibn Auf announced a three-month state of emergency, a nationwide ceasefire and the suspension of the constitution.
Sudan’s air space, according to him would be closed for 24 hours and border crossings shut until further notice.
President Bashir, who ruled with an iron fist since he took power in a coup in 1989, was sent packing after deadly force failed to end four months of nationwide protests for his ouster.
Reports say tens of thousands of Sudanese marched early this Thursday through the centre of the capital, Khartoum, in jubilation, dancing and chanting anti-Bashir slogans.
The report added that earlier in the day, people had taken to the streets after the army said it would make “an important announcement”.