Published: Thu, April 11, 2019
Global News | By Blake Casey

Sudan's president Omar al-Bashir steps down according to government sources

Sudan's president Omar al-Bashir steps down according to government sources

Sudan's state TV announced the country's armed forces will deliver an "important statement" on Thursday and are asking the nation to "wait for it" after almost four months of anti-government protests demanding the ouster of longtime President Omar al-Bashir.

"Sudanese women have always participated in revolutions in this country", Alaa Salah said after footage went viral of her standing on a vehicle, singing and conducting crowds outside the army headquarters in Khartoum.

Thousands of protesters were camped out of the army headquarters Wednesday for the fifth day, in what is seen as the biggest threat yet to President Omar al-Bashir's three decades of rule.

Alaa Salah, a Sudanese woman propelled to internet fame for leading powerful protest chants against President Omar al-Bashir, interacts with protesters in front of the military headquarters in Khartoum on April 10, 2019.

The latest crisis has escalated since the weekend, when thousands of demonstrators began camping out outside the Defence Ministry compound in central Khartoum, where Bashir's residence is located.

The escalation in disturbances has been ever-present since December 19 which had been sparked by the government's attempt to raise the price of bread, and an economic crisis that has led to fuel and cash shortages.

Officials say 49 people have died in protest-related violence since demonstrations first erupted in December.

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"The Sudanese authorities must now respond and deliver a credible plan for this political transition".

The whereabouts of the autocratic leader, who is a pariah in many countries and is also wanted by the worldwide war crimes tribunal for atrocities in Darfur, were not immediately known. He remains one of the longest serving presidents in Africa.

NISS said it was "monitoring the demonstrations and discharging its duty according to law".

Dubbed online as "Kandaka" or Nubian queen, she has become a symbol of the protests which she says have traditionally had a female backbone in Sudan. They issued a statement vowing to remain in the streets until the "regime steps down completely and power is handed to a civilian transitional government".

On Wednesday, protesters were raising funds to ensure a regular supply of food and water for the crowd. Unlike many other news organizations, we have not put up a paywall.

The SPA said "several members and leaders" of Sudan's paramilitary Rapid Support Force (RSF) had given indications they would join the movement.

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