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

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

In the wake of growing protests that lasted for over four months by thousands of Sudanese, Sudan's President Omar al-Bashir has reportedly stepped down from office after 30 years of ruling over the African country.

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In the early hours of Thursday, 11 April, Sudanese government officials confirmed the development, adding that consultations are ongoing for the formation of a transition council as the country prepares to witness a fresh power shift, Reuters reported.

Briefly.co.za gathered that the president was ousted by the Sudanese military and the force will make an "important statement".

Over ten thousand people were expected to participate in a march through the centre of the Sudanese capital, Khartoum, as a new government is set to be ushered in.

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Earlier, 22 people were reportedly killed on Saturday, 7 April when thousands of Sudanese citizens, led by Alaa Salah, clashed with security operatives manning President Omar's residence in the country capital.

It was a big demonstration of anger and protest as people marched against the 30-year rule of the country's long-serving president.

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Reacting to the stepping down of President Omar, Mohamed Saleh, a 63-year-old university professor who estimated the protesting crowd to be at more than 100,000 people, said: "Today, we won and we are confident that the regime will fall.''

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Source: Briefly.co.za

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