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Sudan coup leader steps down

The head of Sudan’s military council has stood down a day after leading a coup that tumbled long-time leader Omar al-Bashir amidst a wave of protests.

Defense Minister Awad Ibn Auf announced his verdict on state TV. He named as his successor Lt Gen Abdel Fattah Abdelrahman Burhan.

It comes after protesters rejected to leave the streets, saying the coup leaders were too close to Mr. Bashir.

The army has said it will stay in power for two years, followed by elections.

The Sudan Professionals Association, which has been leading the protests, said Mr. Ibn Auf’s decision to step down was a “victory” for protestors.

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