BREAKING: Sudanese President, Omar al-Bashir of Sudan steps down

BREAKING: Sudanese President, Omar al-Bashir of Sudan steps down

Sudanese president Omar al-Bashir has reportedly stepped down after months of protests, government sources reveal. A military council is expected to replace him.

On Thursday, anti-government protesters marched through the streets of Khartoum chanting anti-Bashir slogans.

Protesters outside the defence ministry chanted:

“It has fallen, we won.”

Sudan
has been rocked by months of anti-government protests. Bashir would be
the second leader in Africa to quit amid nationwide protests this month,
following Algerian President Abdelaziz Bouteflika’s resignation,
reports Bloomberg.

Earlier Thursday there were reports of military vehicles surrounding the presidential palace as well as the TV building.

Sudan
state television said on Thursday that the armed forces would make an
important announcement soon, amid speculation that a coup attempt could
be underway against President Omar Al Bashir following months of
protests against his 30-year rule.

“The
armed forces will present an important statement shortly. Be ready for
it,” the announcement on state television read, without giving further
details.

Wild Jubilations across the country as Omar al-Bashir leaves

As
people waited for further word, state television and radio played
patriotic music, reminding older Sudanese of how military takeovers
unfolded during previous episodes of civil unrest.

The
crisis has escalated since the weekend, when thousands of demonstrators
began camping out outside the Defence Ministry compound in central
Khartoum, where Bashir’s residence is located.

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