Sudanese President Omar al-Bashir steps down after months of protests

Sudanese President Omar al-Bashir has stepped down after months of protests and consultations are under way to form a transitional council to run the country, government sources and a provincial minister said on Thursday.

The minister of production and economic resources in North Darfur, Adel Mahjoub Hussein, told the Dubai-based al-Hadath TV that “there are consultations to form a military council to take over power after President Bashir stepped down”.

Sudanese sources confirmed the report and told Reuters Mr Bashir was at the presidential residence under “heavy guard”.

A protest rally demanding Sudanese President Omar Bashir step down in Khartoum, Sudan April 10, 2019. \ STRINGER/ REUTERS

Reports on Thursday morning had it that Mr Bashir will be relinquishing power or is being removed by the military after 30 years of rule.

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

The army and security services deployed troops around the defense ministry and on major roads and bridges in the capital as thousands of people flocked to an anti-government protest outside the ministry, a Reuters witness said.

Tens of thousands of Sudanese took to the streets in the center of Khartoum in jubilation, dancing and chanting anti-Bashir slogans.

The protests began Dec. 19, with demonstrators accusing al-Bashir’s government of economic mismanagement that has sparked skyrocketing food prices, and fuel and foreign currency shortages.

Al-Bashir is wanted by the International Criminal Court on charges of war crimes, crimes against humanity and genocide in connection with atrocities in the western region of Darfur.

Report contribution from Reuters and VOA