Sudan’s armed forces were to deliver an “important statement” and asked the nation to “wait for it” on Thursday, state TV reported, as two senior officials said the military had forced longtime President Omar al-Bashir to step down. The circumstances of al-Bashir’s apparent ouster and his current whereabouts remained unclear, however.

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Sudan protest organisers urge people not to attack government, private properties – AFP news agency.

State TV said an army statement was imminent amid swirling reports of a coup to replace the president of 30 years following mass street protests against his rule. The announcement raised expectations it was a sign al-Bashir was relinquishing power or was being removed by the military.

The two officials, who hold high positions in the government and the military, said the army was now in talks about forming a transitional government. The officials spoke to The Associated Press on condition of anonymity because they were not authorised to talk to the media.

Pan-Arab TV networks also carried unconfirmed reports that al-Bashir had stepped down and that top ruling party officials were being arrested. They aired footage of masses heading toward the presidential palace in the Sudanese capital, Khartoum, waving the national flag, chanting, and clapping.

Sudan protesters march through Khartoum

Anti-government protesters gathered on Thursday as Sudanese waited for the army to make a statement.

‏President Omar al-Bashir is reportedly seeking asylum In Saudi Arabia – NBS Television.

People are moving around freely around the streets of Sudan without military restriction. It’s been six hours since the army has reached out to radio stations, Omar al-Bashir is out. Expected to announce a new leadership/administration. It seems like the military is now in control. Lots of questions to be answered. Everyone awaits official government announcement – Äl Jazeera.

Reports that Sudanese President Omar al-Bashir was prevented from departing Sudan yesterday, Al Arabiya English reports.

The army has taken control of certain government installations, a lot of people associated with the ruling regime have been arrested. The army has been cooperative, protective of protests. Omar al-Bashir has not been heard of. Top government and military officials have had a meeting without the president. – Äl Jazeera.

Sudan’s President Omar al-Bashir has stepped down and consultations are under way to set up a transitional council – Reuters reports.

Celebrations are already under way in Sudan as protesters have taken to the streets, waiting for the official announcement to be made.

 

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