"People are extremely happy even before the army made any announcement".
Sudanese President Omar al-Bashir has been ousted and arrested following almost four months of protests against his 30-year rule, the defense minister says. Bashir had banned any unauthorized public gatherings and granted large powers to the police after declaring a state of emergency last month.
In the wake of the coup, global human rights groups urged Sudanese military authorities to hand over the 75-year-old al-Bashir to the worldwide Criminal Court, where he faces charges of war crimes, crimes against humanity and genocide for his deadly campaign against insurgents in the country's Darfur region.
He also declared a three-month state of emergency and suspended Sudan's constitution and imposed the month-long curfew, from 10pm to 4am. He also said Sudan's air space would be closed for 24 hours and border crossings shut until further notice.
A prominent exiled Sudanese cartoonist drew a caricature of al-Bashir sitting on a throne, with one of its broken legs replaced by a brick. AU Commission chairperson Moussa Faki Mahamat said it was not an appropriate response to the challenges facing the country and the aspirations of its people.
Sudan's main protest group rejected the military take over and called for demonstrations to continue.
Few are expected to miss Bashir, who is wanted for genocide by the International Criminal Court related to crimes committed in Sudan's Darfur region and presided over a government accused of corruption, violence and economic mismanagement.
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Names of Mr Bashir's possible successors that have been circulating include the defence minister, an ex-military intelligence chief, also an Islamist, and former army chief of staff Emad al-Din Adawi.
Adawi is said to be favored by regional neighbors at odds with Bashir over his Islamist leanings.
The announcement came as tens of thousands of people marched through the capital, Khartoum, some shouting that the "regime has fallen".
"We finally win this battle, we struggled a lot and we suffered a lot but everything (is) supposed to have an end", 45-year-old tea seller Fathia Imam told Al Jazeera at the square of the sit-in.
Palladino said that the United States supported accountability on Darfur but declined to specify whether Bashir - or the coup leader, Defense Minister Awad Ibnouf - should face extradition.
"Sudan's economic situation at the moment is dire", said Michael Jones, a researcher at the Royal United Services Institute for Defence and Security Studies in London. "We will only accept a transitional civilian government", Mr Sennar told Reuters. "We urge the revolutionaries not to leave the sit-in", the SPA said on Thursday as celebrations erupted in the streets. He added: "Today's events should also serve as a wake-up call to leaders around the world who think they can get away with denying people their basic rights".
Troops raided the offices of the Islamic Movement, the ideological wing of Bashir's ruling National Congress Party, witnesses told AFP.
Auf announced the release of all political prisoners.
Mr Bashir, a former paratrooper who seized power in a bloodless coup in 1989, has been a divisive figure who has managed his way through one internal crisis after another while withstanding attempts by the West to weaken him. He often shuffled his aides, once firing his presidential adviser after accusing him of plotting a coup in 2012, only to bring him back as intelligence chief past year to deal with growing unrest.