Sudanese protesters wait on army to confirm Bashir exit

Sudanese protesters wait on army to confirm Bashir exit

Sudanese protesters wait on army to confirm Bashir exit

The Sudanese army announced on Thursday the formation of a transitional council after the resignation of Sudanese President Omar Al-Bashir, Al-Arabiya TV has reported. "We want a civilian government and hand over of the authority and power to the people".

Putin met Bashir last July in Moscow where the Sudanese leader said Russian Federation was playing an important role in "preparing Sudanese military personnel".

It came after soldiers seized control of TV networks and said an "important statement" would be made soon, telling people to "wait for it".

A pariah in the West, al-Bashir has been indicted by the International Criminal Court for alleged war crimes, sharply curtailing which countries he can visit.

The dysfunctional administration lasted only a few years until al-Bashir - a career army officer - allied with Islamist hard-liners and toppled it in a coup in 1989.

Military vehicles were deployed on key roads and bridges in the city as thousands of protesters gathered at the military headquarters shouting "it has fallen, we have won" as reported by Reuters.

Word of al-Bashir's removal comes just over a week after Algeria's President Abdelaziz Bouteflika, in power for 20 years, resigned in response to similar demonstrations. He became notorious for a deadly crackdown on insurgents in the Darfur region that made him an worldwide pariah, wanted on genocide charges.

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 almost 20-year rule.

The developments raised speculation that, behind the scenes, the military aimed to install one of its one in place of al-Bashir.

In the months before protests began in Sudan, people had already been struggling to makes ends meet.

Being a brigadier in the Sudanese Army, al-Bashir was responsible for waging operations in the south of the country against the late rebel John Garang, who led the Sudan People's Liberation Army during the Second Sudanese Civil War.

The Declaration of Freedom and Change parties that spearheaded the demonstrations against the regime had said they would only accept a civilian government composed of opposition figures. He said that the "future remains very unclear at this moment". Al-Bashir banned unauthorized public gatherings and granted sweeping powers to the police since imposing a state of emergency in February.

Coups are not a new experience for Sudan, which has experienced five of them since gaining independence from the United Kingdom and Egypt in 1956.

Defying the ICC, Bashir continued to visit friendly foreign states as he tried to show he had not been cowed by the global arrest warrant.

Facing the most sustained challenge to his rule yet, Bashir had counted on steadfast support from the security establishment he had nurtured for three decades to see him through.

If pressure on the streets intensifies, he said security forces "will then have to decide what courses they take - and that could involve increased violence".

Two protesters in Khartoum also objected to the army takeover.

The Turkish leader has hosted al-Bashir in the past and defended him over accusations of war crimes, saying "a Muslim can not commit genocide".

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