President Omar al-Bashir, who ruled Sudan for over 30 consecutive years, has been ousted from power after deadly clashes between protesters and security forces reached a climax this week, multiple reports say.
Earlier in the day, Sudanese armed forces said that they would “present an important statement shortly.” It came after reports of armored vehicles surrounding al-Bashir’s presidential palace in the capital city of Khartoum.
As thousands of protesters gathered for a sit-in outside the army headquarters in Khartoum, television and radio stations broadcast footage of military marches and patriotic music. People who took part in a protest vigil outside the army headquarters were chanting “[The government] has fallen. We won” as they awaited further news, according to Reuters.
The news agency also reports that troops raided the headquarters of the Islamic movement led by al-Bashir.
It is believed that a military-run transition body was established, but this is yet also to be confirmed. In the meantime, a Sudanese group that coordinated the protest demanded that power be handed over to a civilian – not military – interim entity.
The latest twist of the crisis in Sudan comes after clashes between anti-government activists and uniformed security forces over the past days.'
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