Omar al-Bashir ousted: How Sudan got here

Sudan’s President Omar al-Bashir has been ousted and arrested following months of protests, the army has announced.

It is a momentous move – Mr Bashir had been in power for nearly 30 years and was a severe and uncompromising ruler.

The BBC looks at five significant moments that explain how we got here.

30 June 1989: General Bashir comes to power

Mr Bashir seized power in a military coup in 1989, amid a long civil war between Sudan’s north and south.

During his time in power, he was accused of war crimes during the Darfur conflict, which began in 2003 when rebels took up arms at alleged government discrimination. Hundreds of thousands were killed in the crisis.

The International Criminal Court (ICC) indicted Mr Bashir on charges of crimes against humanity and genocide – although the investigation was eventually suspended due to a lack of UN support.

However, Mr Bashir went on to win his first term as an elected president in polls in 2010.

9 July 2011: South Sudan becomes independent

Image caption 99% of South Sudan…

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