Reports from Khartoum Sudan, indicate that long serving leader, Omar Al-Bashir has finally stepped down following months of protests.
Thousands of demonstrators have been on the streets since December last year demanding that Bashir steps down as well as putting an end to military rule in Sudan.
On Thursday, the military closed the airport and took over the state owned television and radio, promising to make an “important announcement” shortly.
Now, quoting a Provincial Minister talking to Al-Hadath TV, Reuters News Agency, says “Sudan’s Bashir has stepped down and consultations are under way to set up a transitional council.”
Several arrests of Bashir’s closest allies including his personal body guards, former Vice President, former defence minister and head of the ruling party have reportedly been made, and some analysts anticipate that Bashir is likely to be forced to announce his resignation on State television shortly.
Jubilations and celebrations continue on the streets of Khartoum saying the ‘autocratic’ regime has finally fallen.
In December, the demonstrations started in protest of prices of bread which had tripled, before descending into anti government protests.
Bashir came to power in 1989 when, as a brigadier in the Sudanese Army. He led a group of officers in a military coup that ousted the democratically elected government of Prime Minister, Sadiq al-Mahdi after it began negotiations with rebels in the south.
Bashir is also wanted by the International Criminal Court (ICC) for alleged crimes against civilians in Darfur.