World reacts to the downfall of Omar Al-Bashir in Sudan

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Sudanese demonstrators gather in a street in central Khartoum on April 11, 2019, after one of Africa's longest-serving presidents was toppled by the army. (AFP)
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Sudanese demonstrators gather in a street in central Khartoum on April 11, 2019, after one of Africa's longest-serving presidents was toppled by the army. (AFP)
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A Sudanese demonstrator chants slogans as they gather in a street in central Khartoum on April 11, 2019, immediatly after one of Africa's longest-serving presidents was toppled by the army. (AFP)
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Sudanese demonstrators block the vehicle of a military officer as they chant slogans as they protest against the army's announcement that President Omar al-Bashir would be replaced by a military-led transitional council, in Khartoum, Sudan April 11, 2019. (Reuters)
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Demonstrators chant slogans along the streets after Sudan's Defense Minister Awad Mohamed Ahmed Ibn Auf said that President Omar al-Bashir had been detained "in a safe place" and that a military council would run the country for a two-year transitional period in Khartoum, Sudan April 11, 2019. (Reuters)
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Sudanese demonstrators gather in a street in central Khartoum on April 11, 2019, immediatly after one of Africa's longest-serving presidents was toppled by the army. (AFP)
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Demonstrators wave their national flags as they drive along the streets of Sudan on April 11, 2019. (Reuters)
Updated 11 April 2019
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World reacts to the downfall of Omar Al-Bashir in Sudan

  • UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres on Thursday called for a transition in Sudan that will meet the "democratic aspirations" of the people
  • Egypt said it backed the removal of longtime autocratic ruler Omar Al-Bashir in neighboring Sudan

KHARTOUM: Here are the reactions to the end of Omar Al-Bashir's 30-year rule:
United Nations:
UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres on Thursday called for a transition in Sudan that will meet the "democratic aspirations" of the people, his spokesman said.
Guterres appealed for "calm and utmost restraint by all" after long-serving president Omar Al-Bashir was ousted by the army.

Egypt:
Egypt said it backed the removal of longtime autocratic ruler Omar Al-Bashir in neighboring Sudan.
In a statement, Egypt's Foreign Ministry expressed support to the "Sudanese people's choice and will."
The statement called on the international community to help Sudan to have a peaceful transition.

United States:

The US said it supported a peaceful and democratic Sudan and believes the Sudanese people should be allowed a peaceful transition sooner than two years from now.
"The Sudanese people should determine who leads them in their future," State Department spokesman Robert Palladino said. "The Sudanese people have been clear that they have been demanding a civilian-led transition."
Bahrain:

Bahrain said that it is following the current developments in Sudan with great interest, and hopes that the country will overcome this critical stage. It also said that the country stands with Sudan.  

African Union:
The African Union on Thursday criticised the military coup in Sudan and called for calm and restraint.
"The military take-over is not the appropriate response to the challenges facing Sudan and the aspirations of its people," said a statement from Moussa Faki, chairman of the AU Commission.
Britain:
British Foreign Secretary Jeremy Hunt says two years of potential military rule in Sudan "is not the answer" for "real change" in the country.
Hunt tweeted Thursday that Sudan needs "a swift move to an inclusive, representative, civilian leadership" and an end to violence.
Turkey:
Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan on Thursday said he hoped Sudan would return to a "normal democratic process" after an uprising led to the army toppling President Omar Al-Bashir, a close ally of Turkey.
"I hope that Sudan overcomes this affair with fraternity and ease, and I believe the country should work towards a normal democratic process," Erdogan said during a press conference in Ankara with the president of Burkina Faso, Roch Marc Christian Kabore.
Russia:
Russia on Thursday called for calm in Sudan and expressed hope that close bilateral ties would not be threatened, irrespective of who was in power. 
"We are monitoring this situation very carefully," Russian President Vladimir Putin's spokesman Dmitry Peskov told reporters.
"And we are hoping that first and foremost there won't be an escalation that could claim human lives," he said, calling the protests an "internal affair".
"We expect that whatever the outcome, Russian-Sudanese relations" will be a priority for Khartoum, Peskov said. 
George Clooney:
Actor and activist George Clooney said Thursday that the fall of Sudan's veteran strongman Omar al-Bashir was not enough and called for the dismantling of the military-led system.
The Hollywood star, who has been arrested protesting against Sudan's campaign in Darfur that the United States described as genocide, called for Bashir to be extradited and prosecuted for war crimes by the International Criminal Court.
"The people of Sudan have been waiting for this day for a long time, but it is only a tentative first step towards real change," Clooney said in a joint statement with John Prendergast, the human rights campaigner with whom the actor founded The Sentry Project, which researches illicit money and war crimes in Africa.

(With AP, AFP and Reuters)


Iraqi forces clear farmland near Baghdad of Daesh militants

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Iraqi forces clear farmland near Baghdad of Daesh militants

  • A military helicopter flew over army units in the area as troops on the ground searched for weapon caches and bombs

TARAMIYAH: Iraqi security forces are sweeping villages and farmland north of Baghdad as part of an operation aimed at clearing remaining militants belonging to the Daesh group from around the country’s capital.
A military helicopter flew over army units in the area as troops on the ground searched for weapon caches and bombs in farmland in Taramiyah on Tuesday. The area is about 50 kilometers, or 31 miles, north of Baghdad.
The dragnet is part of the operation dubbed “Will to Victory,” which started two weeks ago along the border with Syria and was extended last week to areas north of Baghdad and in the Diyala, Salahuddin and Anbar provinces.
Although Iraq declared victory against IS in July 2017, the extremists continue to carry out attacks around the country.