Sudanese President Omar al- Bashir has been toppled and arrested by the Sudanese military.
Announcing on Television, Awad Ibn Ouf said the army had decided to oversee a two-year transitional period followed by elections.
It is not clear if the military coup will be able to quell the demonstrations, as they have been going on for several months now against the President who had governed Sudan for 30 years.
“I, Minister of Defence, announce the toppling of the regime and detaining of its chief in a secure place,” said Mr Ouf.
Mr Bashir’s location has not been disclosed to the public.
Mr Ouf said the country had been suffering from poor management, corruption and an absence of justice.
At the moment, Sudan’s constitution has been suspended, with borders and airspace being shut down for 24 hours.
As news broke, crowd of protesters filled the streets embracing soldiers and jumping on armed vehicles outside the Army headquarters, celebrating the end of the regime.
Meanwhile, Sudan intelligence announced the release of all political prisoners.
Mr Bashir is the subject of an international arrest warrant issued by the International Criminal Court (ICC), which accuses him of organising war crimes against humanity in Sudan’s western Darfur region.