Sudanese army arrests president, takes charge

Sudanese army arrests president, takes charge

A political hardliner and controversial leader of Sudan, Omar Al-Bashir, has stepped down after 30 years in power, reports say Thursday. "We want a civilian government and hand over of the authority and power to the people".

Without delving into details the state owned television said: "The Sudanese army will issue an important statement soon".

He is is a pariah in many countries and is also wanted by the worldwide war crimes tribunal for atrocities in Darfur.

Calls for Bashir to resign reached fever pitch in recent days, as security forces fired tear gas at thousands of protesters gathered outside the military headquarters in Khartoum.

Sudanese military vehicles were deployed on key roads, bridges in Khartoum and people were chanting "it has fallen, we won", as soldiers raided the headquarters of the Islamic movement led by Bashir in Khartoum.

As a young officer in the parachute regiment, he joined the armed wing of the Islamist Movement, which broke away from the Muslim Brotherhood and has ruled Sudan since Bashir took office.

Bashir has also been indicted by the International Criminal Court (ICC) in The Hague over allegations of genocide in Sudan's Darfur region during an insurgency that began in 2003.

The protesters said Mr Al-Bashir had ruled for 30 years and demanded that no one near his power within that time should be allowed near power again.

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The Declaration of Freedom and Change parties that spearheaded the demonstrations against the regime had said they would only accept a civilian government composed of opposition figures.

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The UN chief voiced his "expectation that the democratic aspiration of the Sudanese people will be realised through an appropriate and inclusive transition process", said his spokesman Stephane Dujarric.

At least 11 people died in the violence, including six members of the armed forces, the information minister has confirmed.

They vowed to continue the protest even though a curfew has been imposed as part of the three-month state of emergency.

Mr Bashir is the subject of an worldwide arrest warrant issued by the global Criminal Court (ICC), which accuses him of organising war crimes and crimes against humanity in Sudan's western Darfur region.

A long civil war with southern separatists ended in 2005 and South Sudan became an independent country in 2011.

The compound has been the scene of a large anti-government sit-in since last Saturday calling for al-Bashir's ouster.

- December 2018: Protests begin in several towns after bread prices triple, snowballing into rolling nationwide rallies demanding he step down.

"We are waiting for big news", one protester told AFP from the sit-in.

He ultimately faced nearly daily defiance in towns and cities across Sudan despite a crackdown by security forces using teargas and sometimes live ammunition, in which dozens of people have been killed.

Activist Alaa Salah tweeted: "AL-BASHIR IS OUT!"

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