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Sudan’s Bashir Steps Down, Government Sources Say

Sudanese President Omar al-Bashir has stepped down 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 Bashir was at the presidential residence under “heavy guard”.

The military will make an announcement soon, state television said as troops were deployed in Khartoum.

“The armed forces will present an important statement shortly. Be ready for it,” the 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.

Bashir, a former paratrooper who seized power in a bloodless coup in 1989, has been a divisive figure who has managed his way through one internal crisis after another while withstanding attempts by the West to weaken him.

Sudan has suffered prolonged periods of isolation since 1993, when the United States added Bashir’s government to its list of terrorism sponsors for harboring Islamist militants. Washington followed up with sanctions four years later.

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.

 

(Reuters)

 

17 Comments

  1. thomas

    Yah thats the spirit we want to see to our political leaders in zambia,he has made a great move.

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    • Yangu

      What stepping down are you talking about? Omar al-Bashir has been ousted and arrested, the defence minister says.
      Speaking on state TV, Awad Ibn Ouf said the army had decided to oversee a two-year transitional period followed by elections.

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      • Chilankalipa

        Yes the idiot did not step down, he was toppled and placed under house arrest. This must teach all the African impostors that you can not force yourself on people perpetually either by rigging elections or dictatorship. Those with ears to listen must listen.

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  2. CM

    It’s a sad news to many African leaders who wants to cling to power even when the term of office has come to an end. Stepping down after so much public demonstration, it’s a shame . Why are there constitutions are they not stipulate the term of office? Try to emulate the late president of south Africa.Bambi nganimwe mwakakilwe 27 years kuti icalo cabafye no personal property

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  3. Hev rena

    The era of Dictators is long gone,we now know our rights..

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  4. mulobezi

    For sure the united states of A,and i ar morthan hapy coz bashir ws our daily headace or perhaps he quikly noticed tht we wer almost sending hm our elite boys,the seals,team 2 that eliminated laden bin wth their Belgian dogs

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  5. CONCERNED CITIZEN

    Eee…i thought its ZAMBIA.I cant imagine seeing my long gone drunkermate back in mu hood hahaha

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  6. 2021 one prezida will go to ICU before going to ICC people are no longer dawl. kuya bebele.

    AKAPUNA KALALOWA BUT TEKA MUYAYAYA! future presidents do not mis use the countries money kwati shobe oneday uzakalila!!

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  7. John Chinena

    Sorry Lungu haters. There is nothing in common between Bashir. Bashir got power by force and has been illegal leader for 30 years. Lungu will only be 6 years in power by 2021, and was elected twice by the voters in Zambia. The court ruled he is elegeable to stand again if he wishes. So who are you to compare him to a ruthless dictator in Sudan?
    Just campaign and sell your manifesto.

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  8. Impyakusu ichinyo

    Now if I may ask you johnJ are you sure lungu was elected fairly

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  9. Razor

    He didn’t step down voluntarily but was forced. This is what happens to dictators. What more there is an international arrest warrant for him at the ICC.

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  10. Army Commander

    Its long over dual for you to do this now,otherwise you were suppose to do this same years back.Now you have to face justice for the crimes u have committed

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  11. Ngwazi Dr Hastings Kamuzu Banda

    The economy is bad,no employment,more corruption & more taxes imposed on a commoner & this is what we call good governance.Few individuals are becoming rich undr the expense of tax payers money & corruption.Wait 2021 we shall vote silently & peacefuly.

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  12. fosale

    Lungu was elected fairly he is not a dictator. Remember has 3 and half years in office, So stop comparing Lungu to Bashir.

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  13. Hev rena

    Well Al bashir is quite smart to have stag

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  14. Hev rena

    Well Al bashier is quite smart to have stage managed this coup so he can hide behind solders.Its a Zimbabwe trick!

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