Omar al Bashir

Hassan Omar Al- Bashir, has stepped down after months of protests, that came up as a result of escalating fuel and bread prices.

Reports from CNN and other media outlets that include Reuters Africa and Arab Media indicated fall of Sudan president, Omar Al- Bashir.

They said Bashir has been arrested on Thursday and is now under house arrest that includes replacing his personal body guard.

And now, according to reports, negotiations and talks are being held to establish a transitional council in the capital Khartoum.

The news of Bashir’s down fall was confirmed by Adel Mahjoub Hussein, the North Darfur Economic Resources Minister in an interview with Dubai- based al Hadath Television.

He said “President Bashir stepped down.”

This week, a Sudan woman, Alaa Salah, rose to fame on social media after leading a protest against president Omar al- Bashir.

Salah was seen addressing demonstrators in the capital Khartoum, in front of the military headquarters on Wednesday 10th April 2019 amidst shouts against Bashir’s rule and dictatorship in the country Sudan.

Omar al Bashir
Sudanese celebrating the downfall of Omar al Bashir

After month of protests against al- Bashir’s dictatorship, on Thursday morning, Sudan army were seen enclosing the presidential palace in Khartoum.

It was then suspected that the army is planning a coup to take over government. Midway their plans, State Radio reported that the army is just about to pass out an “important” pronouncement shortly.

“The Sudanese army will issue an important statement soon. Wait for it,” a statement issued by a TV Anchor.

This short report was there after followed by patriotic music as protestors made their 6th night watch at Khartoum military headquarters grounds.

Speaking to Reuters, eye witnesses say people in thousands flocked the defence ministry shouting. “it has fallen, we have won.”

Reports say protestors saluted a military armoured vehicle on April 9th  2019, as they gathered in front the military headquarters in Khartoum, Sudan’s capital city during their demonstration.

Early Thursday, witnesses say various military army vehicle with troops entered the army grounds.

And in this compounds, it’s where the defence ministry and al- Bashir’s official home is located as well.

One of the protestors said thousands of people were seen going towards the military nerve centre sit-in, to join those who were already celebrating Bashir’s decline.

“We won’t be leaving the sit-in until those who have been detained are released, and there is justice for those killed.

Al-Bashir is the second leader in North Africa to respond positively to a country wide demonstrations.

First was president Abdelaziz Boute Flika, of Algeria, he was forced to step down after 20 years of rule, in April 2nd 2019, following demonstrations.

Political unrests in Sudan against Al-Bashir began in December 2018, following increased bread prices from one Sudanese pound to three pounds.

The protestors began their demonstrations in market areas using the slogan “the people want the fall of the regime,” While shouting.

And today they ended it with a win against the long serving Sudan president and dictator.

Al-Bashir captured power in 1989, in a coup. And he has served as the president of Sudan for 30 years.

Bashir housed Osama Bin Laden the terrorist in the 1990s.

Osama Bin Laden masterminded and enforced the deadly bombings of US in Nairobi Kenya and Dares Salaam Tanzania in 1998.

Bin laden was later assassinated on May 2nd 2011 in Abbttabad Pakistan, by the US Special Forces.

Bashir is currently on the wanted list of International Criminal Court (ICC), against crimes of humanity and genocide held in Darfur areas.      

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