Sudan President Reportedly Steps Down As Army Says It'll Make 'Important Announcement' (PHOTO COURTESY: AFP)
Sudan President Reportedly Steps Down As Army Says It’ll Make ‘Important Announcement’ (PHOTO COURTESY: AFP)

Following months of anti-government protests, Sudanese President Omar al-Bashir, plans to step down, Concise News has learned.

According to Arabiya, a Saudi-owned pan-Arab television news channel, unidentified sources hinted about the development.

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State radio said Thursday the Sudan national army was preparing to make an important announcement as military officers surrounded the presidential palace in Khartoum, the nation’s capital.

Bashir would be the second leader in the region to quit amid nationwide protests this month, following Abdelaziz Bouteflika’s resignation as Algerian President.

Calls for Bashir to resign heightened in recent days, as security forces fired tear gas at thousands of protesters gathered outside the military headquarters in Khartoum. Demonstrators staged a sit-in outside the president’s residence, urging the army to back their movement.

The demonstration was summoned by the Sudanese Professionals Association (SPA) to mark the anniversary of the 1985 rebellion that overthrew President Gafaar Nimeiry.

The outlawed group includes doctors, engineers and academics, and has played an instrumental role in sustaining the uprising.

The army’s latest movements come as Bashir’s embattled ruling National Congress Party cancelled a planned “million-man” rally to defend the 75-year-old on Thursday.

Africa’s third-largest nation has seen uprisings and demonstrations during Bashir’s three decades of rule.

But the latest movement, which started in December with an outcry over rising living costs, had posed the biggest threat to his reign since he seized power in a 1989 Islamist-backed coup.