For the first time in almost 30 years, Sudan is not ruled by President Omar al-Bashir.
But when Sudanese listened to Lt Gen Awad Ibn Ouf announcing a transitional military council, they would have heard his master’s voice.
Gen Ibn Auf is a career soldier, cut from the same cloth as Mr Bashir. He was head of military intelligence during the conflict and atrocities in Darfur, for which he was put on a US list for targeted financial sanctions.
He was defence minister and after President Bashir declared a state of emergency on 22 February, Gen Ibn Auf was also promoted to serve as vice-president, with the implication that he would step into the president’s shoes when the his constitutional term expired in April 2020.
The trigger for the removal of Mr Bashir was a five-day round-the-clock peaceful protest in which tens of thousands of people surrounded the army headquarters in…