President Omar of Sudan, bows to pressure, resigns after 30 years in power.
President Omar Al-Bashir of Sudan has stepped down after 30 years in power, following mounting pressures by citizens in recent times.
His resignation followed a series of protests in Khartoum, capital of the country demanding his resignation as president.
Some news earlier indicated that there are reports that Al-Bashir and some of his aides were arrested in a military coup.
Al-Arabiya TV had reported that the army will soon announce the formation of a transitional council to be headed by Ahmed Awad Ibn Auf, the first vice-president and defense minister of Sudan.
The Sudanese Professionals Association(SPA), the body mobilizing for the protests, have insisted that they will only accept the handover of power to a civilian transitional government.
Protesters gathered in front of the military headquarters as military vehicles were deployed on key roads and bridges in Khartoum.
They were reportedly shouting “It has fallen, we won,” according to Reuters.
The crisis took a new dimension last weekend with thousands of demonstrators camping outside the defence ministry compound in central Khartoum, where Bashir’s residence is located.
Series of clashes sparked off on Tuesday between soldiers trying to protect the protesters and intelligence and security personnel trying to disperse them.
Opposition figures have called for the military to help negotiate an end to Bashir’s nearly three decades in power and a transition to democracy.