DOWN AND OUT: Sudan’s Bashir steps down, Sudanese take to streets to ‘celebrate’; who is Next?

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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 said on Thursday.

The minister of production and economic resources in North Darfur Adel Mahjoub Hussein told the Dubai-based al-Hadath TV that “there are consultations to form a military council to take over power after President Bashir stepped down”.- Reuters reported
Omar Bashir who has been in power for 30 years is the next second African leader, after Algeria’s Bouteflika, to step down this past month.

Tens of thousands of people have been maintaining a protest vigil outside military headquarters since Saturday, demanding the removal of the president.
A respected Sudanese journalist says she understands that a meeting of Sudan’s top military and security brass is taking place right now to discuss who will lead a new transitional High Council of Armed forces.
LATEST from an insider: there is currently a meeting underway at the Military Command HQ between spy chief Gosh, RSF/Janjaweed leader Hemidti, Defence minister & current VP Awad Ibn Auf & head of the police, discussing who will lead transitional High Council of Armed Forces

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Sky News Arabia reports that president Bashir is under house arrest. No corroboration
Sudanese military vehicles have been positioned on strategic key roads and bridges in the capital, Khartoum, Reuters news agency is quoting an unnamed witness as saying.
People are chanting “It [the government] has fallen. We won,” the witness said, Reuters reports.

The army has announced the formation of a Transitional Council to be headed by Lt. Gen. Ahmed Awad Ibn Auf, who was serving as the First Vice President and National Defense Minister.
Reports also indicate former Bashir Vice President Ali Osman Taha has been arrested. no corroboration
Also arrested is former Defense Minister and Bashir confidant who is also wanted by the ICC has been taken into custody

There are reports NCP second in command and Bashir assistant wanted by the ICC has been taken into custody.
A protester has told BBC Newsday that people are celebrating in Sudan’s capital, Khartoum, as speculation grows that the military could force President Omar al-Bashir out of power.

State Radio, TV, now playing Music- listen here

Protests against Sudan’s President Omar al-Bashir, who has governed Sudan since 1989, have been under way since December.

They were originally sparked by a rise in the cost of living, but demonstrators are now calling for the president to resign and his government to go.
However, analysts says, the reported change of leadership may be arranged

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