President of Sudan, Omar Al-Bashir has allegedly been deposed after a military coup in the nation’s capital, Khartoum.
According to reports, the Sudanese Army has removed Al-Bashir from all positions amid reports of a coup in the African country following weeks of anti-government protests.
The Sudanese State Television said on Thursday that the Armed Forces would make an important announcemet, sparking speculation that a coup attempt could be underway against President Al-Bashir, who has ruled the country for 30 years.
“The armed forces will present an important statement shortly. Be ready for it,” the announcement on state television read, without giving further details.
However, hours later the Sudanese were left waiting for details as there were apparent differences within the military. It was unclear what would happen to Al-Bashir, Sudanese sources however said that the president and his aides had been put under arrest.
As citizens waited for further word, state television and radio played patriotic music, reminding older Sudanese of how military takeovers unfolded during previous episodes of civil unrest.
Local reports says the Armed Forces plans to announce the creation of a military council which would govern the country during a transition period that might last for up to one year.
There are also reports that the Sudanese Army has seized the State TV and Radio offices during their “overthrow” of Al-Bashir from office. As of now, there is no official word on whether or not these reports are true; however, with the ongoing protests across the country, it appears that Al-Bashir’s future as president of Sudan is in jeopardy.
EAGLESTEP gathered Thursday morning that in addition to these developments, Khartoum’s International Airport has been shut down, with the military arresting a number of top leaders.
Sudan has been rocked by persistent protests since December 19, sparked by the government’s attempt to increase the price of bread, and an economic crisis that has led to fuel and cash shortages.
The 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.
Clashes erupted on Tuesday between soldiers trying to protect the protesters and intelligence and security personnel trying to disperse them. “At least 11 people died in the clashes, including six members of the armed forces”, the Information Minister said citing a police report.
Opposition figures have called for the military to help negotiate an end to Bashir’s nearly three decades in power and a transition to democracy.
The demonstrators at the Defense Ministry had said that they wanted to submit a petition for the armed forces to take their side in their attempt to remove Bashir and his “Islamist-backed administration.”
The protests against Al-Bashir gained a boost last week after Algeria’s ailing President Abdelaziz Bouteflika resigned in response to weeks of similar protests against his nearly 20-year rule.
Earlier this week, the US, Britain and Norway called for Sudanese authorities to respond to protesters demands.
“The Sudanese authorities must now respond and deliver a credible plan for this political transition,” the three countries said in a joint statement.
Al-Bashir, an Islamist and former Army officer, seized power in a coup in 1989. He had remained resistant to giving up power in the face of protests, saying that change can only come through elections.
Al-Bashir is wanted by the International Criminal Court for war crimes and genocide committed during the conflict in Darfur.
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