Sudan’s President Forced To Step Down In Coup

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Sudan’s military reportedly forced President Omar al-Bashir to step down on Thursday.

The Associated Press, citing two senior Sudanese officials, reported  that the army forced al-Bashir to leave office and is now in talks to form a new government.

Bashir, 75, who himself seized power in a bloodless coup in 1989, was at the presidential residence under “heavy guard”, Sudanese media said.

The departure of the autocratic president, who held the position for 30 years, sparked widespread celebrations in the country, according to media reports.

In an announcement made Thursday on state television, the military told the country it soon expect an “important statement,” the AP reported.

While demonstrators have called for a civilian transitional government, the AP noted there is speculation that the military will install one of its own to lead the nation.

The wave of protests in the country originally began in December over the economy, and protesters quickly began calling for an end to al-Bashir’s presidency, according to the AP.

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