Sudan President Forced To Resign, Military To Rule For Next 2 Years

Sudanese President Omar Al-Bashir has stepped down and has been put under house arrest by the country’s military, according to reports.

His personal guard has been replaced and is under close watch.

Bashir had ruled Sudan for three decades. His resignation follows more than a month of protests in the capital Khartoum and across the central African country.

Reports indicate that the country’s military has forced Bashir to step down, and a Military Council is set to run the country’s affairs in the foreseeable future.

Meanwhile, thousands of people have flooded Khartoum’s streets celebrating the end to Bashir’s 30-year reign. Sudan’s Minister of Defence has announced that soldiers will be in charge of the country during a 2-year Transitional Period. He is quoted as saying:

The supreme committee decided to implement what was not in the mind of other people and for a transitional period of two years the armed forces will take power with the representation of the people to pave the way for the people.

According to CNN News, Bashir came to power in 1989 through a military coup against then Prime Minister Sadiq al-Mahdi. He dissolved the government, political parties and trade unions, and declared himself chairman of the Revolutionary Command Council.

In 1990, Bashir survived a coup attempt and later ordered the execution of more than 30 army and police officers implicated in the failed takeover.

More: BBC News, CNN News

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