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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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This Is What Fatoumata Diawara's NYC Concert Looked Like

In photos: the Malian singer performed a stunning show at The Town Hall.

Fatoumata Diawara played a mesmerizing show in New York City over the weekend.

The Malian singer, songwriter, guitarist and actor had The Town Hall swaying to a selection of songs from her latest Grammy-nominated album, Fenfo, as well as other classic cuts.

Fatoumata was joined on the night by a four-piece backing band that followed her every word and guitar riff, as she showcased her special blend of traditional Malian music and striking Bambara vocal melodies with elements of modern rock, funk, R&B and afrobeat.

"I didn't want to sing in English or French because I wanted to respect my African heritage," Fatoumata has mentioned."But I wanted a modern sound because that's the world I live in. I'm a traditionalist, but I need to experiment, too. You can keep your roots and influences but communicate them in a different style."

Fatoumata's main message, one which she stated throughout the show, is one of hope for the future of Africa and of female empowerment. It's "about the world, peace, how Africa can be a better place, especially for women, because I am one, and I am a survivor," she says. "I want to encourage those who have lost hope."

Browse through pictures from her show at The Town Hall, which was opened by Guatemala's Gabby Moreno, below.

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Togolese President Wins Re-election to Secure Fourth Term in Office

President Faure Gnassingbé prepares for a fourth term in office following an election wrought with fraud allegations.

Togo's electoral commission has just released the preliminary results of the first round of the presidential election.

President Faure Gnassingbé reportedly secured 72 percent of the vote while his main opposition and former Prime Minister Agbeyome Kodjo who straddled behind with just 18 percent of the vote, according to Aljazeera.

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