Reports of Sudan military coup amid rumours that Bashir is stepping down

Reports of Sudan military coup amid rumours that Bashir is stepping down

Reports of Sudan military coup amid rumours that Bashir is stepping down

Sudan's President Omar al-Bashir has stepped down and consultations are under way to set up a transitional council to run the country, government sources and a provincial minister have said.

A military council is expected to replace him.

This picture taken on April 10, 2019 during a rally by Sudanese protesters in front of the military headquarters in the capital Khartoum shows the word "Freedom" in Arabic spelled out using stones in the middle of a street.

We sought refuge in a nearby safe house, where a local family provides shelter to protesters - and people like us - who are trying to avoid detection.

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Meanwhile, former and current Sudanese officials including Bashir's former Vice President Ali Osman Taha and acting head of the National Congress Party Ahmed Haroun were reportedly arrested, as well as Bashir's personal guards.

The mobilisation on the ground against the price hikes - organised by a group known as the Sudanese Professionals Association (SPA) - found nearly immediate resonance among opposition leaders, youth and women movements and rapidly turned into a larger show of discontent with 75-year-old President Omar al-Bashir.

"The armed forces will present an important statement shortly".

The military removed Nimeiri after a popular uprising in 1985. The prices of bread tripled from Sh2 to Sh6. The young nation took most of the oil fields that Sudan relied on to boost its economy. Since emergency rule came into effect, the demonstrations have been largely confined to the capital and its twin city of Omdurman. At least 11 people died in the clashes, including six members of the armed forces, the information minister said citing a police report. It followed massive clashes between anti-government activists and uniformed security forces last week. Deaths Quoting Sudan Opposition doctor committee, Reuters reported that around 20 people have been killed and dozens wounded in dawn attacks on a sit-in outside the defence ministry building.

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