In Summary
  • Born in 1950, Ibnouf, a career soldier has been a regime insider and a close aide of Bashir since the former leader came to power in a coup in 1989.

  • Ibnouf held several top ranking positions in the army as well as in the foreign ministry.

  • He rose through the ranks first to become a commander of the military's artillery division and then to head the army intelligence wing.

CAIRO

Sudanese General Awad Ibnouf, who led the overthrow of veteran leader Omar al-Bashir and has emerged as the country's new ruler, is already under US sanctions for his alleged role in the brutal Darfur conflict.

In a sombre televised statement on Thursday, Ibnouf announced the ouster of Bashir, who ruled the northeast African country with an iron-fist for 30 years before angry protesters brought him down.

MILITARY COUNCIL

"I announce as minister of defence the toppling of the regime and detaining its chief in a secure place," Ibnouf said.

"We have replaced him by a transitional military council for two years and have suspended Sudan's 2005 constitution."

Later on Thursday state television announced that Ibnouf had been sworn in as head of the military council triggering anger among the protesters.

"The regime has conducted a military coup by bringing back the same faces and the same institutions which our people rose up against," the Alliance for Freedom and Change, the group that is leading the protests said in a statement.

"We call on our people to continue their sit-in in front of army headquarters and across all regions and in the streets."

Protesters remained camped at the army headquarters in the capital for seventh straight day, vowing not to leave until the new military rulers quit.

Born in 1950, Ibnouf, a career soldier has been a regime insider and a close aide of Bashir since the former leader came to power in a coup in 1989.

Ibnouf held several top ranking positions in the army as well as in the foreign ministry.

He rose through the ranks first to become a commander of the military's artillery division and then to head the army intelligence wing.

In 2010 he retired but was brought back five years later as the country's defence minister. In February Bashir made him his first vice president

"Awad Ibnouf is not only a high-ranking officer of Bashir's old guard, but one of the few in the army to be able to maintain the cohesion between the rival branches of the regime's security apparatus," said Paris-based Sudan analyst, Jerome Tubiana.

Between 2010 and 2015, Ibnouf served as a counsel in Khartoum's embassy in Cairo and later as ambassador to Muscat.

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