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Sudan's army arrests 21 Bashir-era officials in Darfur

Sudanese soldiers look on as 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/ Getty]
Sudanese soldiers in central Khartoum on 11 April, 2019 [AFP/ Getty]

Sudanese army yesterday said it had arrested 21 members of the country's National Democratic Alliance (NDA) party in South Darfur. NDA was led by Sudan's ousted president Omar Al-Bashir.

The governor of South Darfur, Hashim Khalid, told Sudan News Agency (SUNA) that arrested individuals included "women," adding that some "were arrested while they were leaving the country."

"The arrests of the Bashir-era figures are still continuing," Khalid pointed out.

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Last week, the Sudanese authorities ordered senior officials and employees of the country's former federal government to "evacuate all the state residencies."

On 11 April, Sudan's army announced the "removal" of Bashir following months of popular protests against his 30-year rule. A Military Transitional Council (MTC) is now overseeing a two-year "transitional phase" during which it has pledged to hold free presidential elections.

Demonstrators, however, have remained on the streets to demand that the MTC hand over power – at the earliest possible date – to an elected civilian government.

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