The army will make an “important statement” after Al Bashir’s resignation.
Rabat – Sudanese president Omar al-Bashir has stepped down from his office after nearly four months of protests against his rule.
International media reported that the 75-year old former president is under house arrest as heavy law enforcement circle his presidential palace.
Al-Bashir’s decision followed a statement from Sudan’s state-owned television, which said that the army will make an “important statement” on Thursday.
While state media gave no further details, officials confirmed al-Bashir’s resignation. An official told al Hadath news television channel that consultations started to set up a transitional council after the resignation.
The resignation came after after months of protests and serious clashes between law enforcement and energetic, determined anti-Al Bashir protesters.
On Tuesday, at least 13 people were killed in anti-government protests in Khartoum.
Despite the resignation, protesters issued a press release where they promised to continue protests until the “regime steps down completely and power is handed to a civilian transitional government,” according to the Guardian.
Despite the resignation of Bouteflika, protesters continued to demand full reforms, calling on the whole system to leave.
Fall after 30 years of heavy-handed rule
Speaking on conditions of anonymity , Sudanese officials told AP that the army was a determining factor in Al Bashir’s resignation. They stressed that Generals forced the president to leave.
Al-Bashir, seventh president of Sudan, ruled the country for 30 years.
Bashir was confirmed as president of Sudan in 1993 after the revolutionary council was disbanded. The president, however, was the country’s de facto ruler even before leading a coup d’etat in 1989, which resulted in his appointment as the president of the Revolutionary Command Council for National Salvation.
During his chairmanship at the council, Bashir disbanded the parliament and had the press roughly monitored.
Even in those early years of Bashir’s rule, political opposition was banned and freedom of speech and association was stifled. That heavy-handed style of rule would later become the hallmarks of Bashir’s more decades-long grip on his country’s political power.
The protests in Sudan started in December 19 to condemn al-Bashir’s government economy mismanagement.
The protests in Sudan were backed by several international powers, including the UK, US and Norway.
In a joint statement on Tuesday, the countries urged Sudanese officials to “deliver a credible plan” for a political transition.
“Failing to do so risks causing greater instability. The Sudanese leadership has a grave responsibility to avoid such an outcome,” the statement emphasized.