Sudan: Omar al-Bashir steps down as president

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Reports are emerging that Sudanese president Omar al-Bashir ha stepped down as the country’s leader after months of protests.

Sudan’s state TV said on Thursday that the country’s army would make an “important” announcement and it now appears the military will be taking control as al-Bashir relinquishes power. Protesters in the capital Khartoum were heard singing “we won” amid reports Bashir is under house arrest at the presidential palace.

Military to form transitional government

Reports from inside Sudan suggest the country’s military is preparing to form a transitional government. Following the army’s announcement that a statement was forthcoming, speculation was mounting on Thursday that al-Bashir would either step down as president or that the army could even execute a military coup attempt.

However, the latest word from sources in Sudan is that Bashir has agreed to resign and talks over the next steps are ongoing.

Bashir has been in charge for thirty years since seizing control during a military coup in 1989. The long-serving president has been a controversial figure throughout his reign with accusations of human rights violations being a constant theme during his time in charge.

Bashir is wanted by the International Criminal Court over a series of alleged war crimes in Darfur.

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About Aaron Brooks

Aaron Brooks is a UK journalist who wants to cut out the international agendas in news. Spending his early years in both England and Northern Ireland he saw the difference between reality and media coverage at an early age. After graduating from the University of Chester with a BA in journalism, his travels revealed just how large the gap between news and the real world can be. As Editor-in-Chief at East Africa Monitor, it’s his job to provide a balanced view of what’s going on in the region for English-speaking audiences.