After months of anti-government protests, there are reports that the Sudanese president is quitting
Sudanese President Omar al-Bashir is stepping down, Arabiya reports citing sources.
Sudan has been rocked by months of anti-government protests. Bashir would be the second leader in the region to quit amid nationwide protests in April, following Algerian President Abdelaziz Bouteflika’s resignation.
Earlier on Thursday there were reports of military vehicles surrounding the presidential palace as well as the TV building.
Organisers of the nationwide protests against Bashir called on Khartoum residents to mass at army headquarters on Thursday as state media said the army would make an “important statement”.
“We call on our people from across the Khartoum capital and the region around to immediately go to the sit-in area and not leave from there until our next statement is issued,” the Sudanese Professionals Association said.
A sit-in outside army headquarters, which also houses Bashir’s residence, entered its sixth day on Thursday with protesters gathered in what the EU has described as “an unprecedented number.”
Bloomberg and AFP