Sudanese president Omar al-Bashir 75, who has long been regarded as a pariah in the West and is wanted by the International Criminal Court on genocide charges in connection with atrocities in Darfur, had ruled Sudan longer than any leader since the country gained independence in 1956 has reportedly stepped down after months of protests, government sources reveal.
The Minister of Defense, Awad Mohamed Ahmed Ibn Auf confirmed that President Omar al-Bashir had been forced from power and his government dissolved after months of demonstrations calling for his ouster.
Awad Mohamed said that Mr. al-Bashir had been taken into custody and that the government including its National Assembly and municipal bodies had been dissolved and the Constitution suspended. He said there would be a two-year transition period, with the military in charge, and announced a 10 p.m. curfew.
All political prisoners, detained by the country’s security services since a wave of anti-government demonstrations first gripped the nation in December will be released, the defense minister added.
On Thursday, anti-government protesters marched through the streets of Khartoum chanting anti-Bashir slogans. They shouted a chant addressed to the president: “You’ve been dancing for 30 years. Today it’s our turn to dance.”
Sara Abdelgalil, a spokeswoman for the Sudanese Professionals Association, said,the protests will continue “until there is a complete step down of the whole regime,” she said. “We insist on a civil government, and we don’t support any coup.”
Omar al-Bashir would be the second leader in Africa to quit amid nationwide protests this month, following Algerian President Abdelaziz Bouteflika’s resignation,