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President Omar al-Bashir of Sudan Has Stepped Down

Months of anti-government protests by the Sudanese people have finally toppled his three-decade rule.

After nationwide protests which began last year in December, the Sudanese people have succeeded in putting an end to President Omar-al Bashir's thirty-year long dictatorship. After mounting pressure by the anti-government protests, the Sudanese armed forces announced that they were not against the protesters' demands for Bashir to step down but were instead against a "fall into chaos". This was confirmed by activists who reported that soldiers had protected protesters amid a crackdown by security agents loyal to the dictator.


Sudan is alive with sounds of patriotic music blaring in the streets and Sudanese flags are flying high in the hands of victorious protesters. Thousands of Sudanese people have been waiting since the early morning for an announcement about the fate of Bashir by the army.

READ: Viral photos and videos of Sudanese women leading protests are being called "iconic."

According to eNCA, the Minister of Production and Economic Resources in North Darfur, Adel Mahjoub Hussein, told the Dubai-based al-Hadath TV that, "There are consultations to form a military council to take over power after President Bashir stepped down".

Today marks an incredible victory by the Sudanese people who have shown tremendous resilience and defiance over the past few months, despite deadly force being used against them and an increasing death toll. What remains to be seen is just how peaceful the transition of power from Bashir's government to the military will be.



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