Embattled Sudan president Omar Al-Bashir has reportedly stepped down following months of street protests across the country calling for his resignation. This is according to unconfirmed reports from the Sudanese government officials who also indicated consultations were underway to form a council to facilitate a smooth transition.
State-owned Sudan TV had on Thursday, April 11, morning announced the country’s armed forces would deliver an “important statement”, without giving details. “The Sudanese army will issue an important statement soon. Wait for it,” a news anchor at the Sudan TV, which broadcasts in Arabic language, announced.
The situation escalated when the aggrieved Sudanese citizens on April 8 decided to take their anti-Al-Bashir demonstrations to Central Khartoum, prompting security forces to intervene. Protests calling for resignation of President Omar Al-Bashir have been going on for months in Sudan leading to deaths of civilians and arrests of Opposition leaders. The security officers lobbed teargas at the protesters who had gathered right outside the Defence Ministry, but the situation only got worse.
The embattled Sudanese leader whose term was expected to end in 2020 earlier maintained he would not step down and urged his opponents to seek power through constitutional means. More than 30 people have reportedly died since the protests began in December 2018. Activists, Opposition leaders and journalists have also been jailed by the National Intelligence and Security Service. Al-Bashir in February 2019 imposed a state of emergency in what was seen as an attempt to quell the protests. The now former president’s troubles could be worsened by the fact that he is also still wanted by the International Criminal Court (ICC) on charges of genocide, crimes against humanity and war crimes.