The President of republic of Sudan President Omar Hasan al-Bashir has been ousted and arrested by the military after nearly 30 years in power.
Speaking on state TV, Defence Minister Awad Ibn Auf said the army would oversee a two-year transitional period followed by elections.
Protesters, however, have vowed to stay on the streets despite an overnight curfew being imposed by the military which is expected to last for the three months.
Demonstrations against Mr Bashir, who has governed Sudan since 1989, have been taking place for several months.
The protesters are now demanding a civilian council to lead the transition rather than a military one, correspondents say.
Mr Ibn Auf said in a statement that ‘I announce as minister of defence the toppling of the regime and detaining its chief in a secure place’.
Mr Bashir’s exact whereabouts are not known but the military authority confirmed that he is safe, healthy and protected
Mr Ibn Auf said the country had been suffering from “poor management, corruption, and an absence of justice” and he apologized “for the killing and violence that took place”.