Sudan’s Bashir Put Under House Arrest, His Bodyguard Replaced

Omar Al-Bashir has resigned

Omar Al-Bashir who stepped down as Sudan president today morning has been put under house arrest, CNN has reported.

According to CNN, Bashir and his personal guard has been replaced and is under close watch.

Bashir, a political hardliner and controversial leader of Sudan, has stepped down after 30 years in power, reports said on Thursday.

United Arab Emirates-based Al-Arabiya network reported that Mr Al-Bashir resigned his position with immediate effect.

The 75-year-old has reportedly handed over to the country’s supreme military council controlled by the armed forces.

His ouster follows days of protests that have engulfed the country, which is amongst the largest by land mass in Africa.

Protests across Sudan

Thousands of Khartoum residents chanted “the regime has fallen” as they flooded the area around army headquarters in the Sudanese capital, reports AFP news agency.

They are still waiting for a statement from the army which was promised more than four hours ago.

“We are waiting for big news,” one protester told AFP from the sit-in.

“We won’t leave from here until we know what it is. But we do know that Bashir has to go,” the protester added, referring to President Omar al-Bashir who has been in power since 1989.

There has been no word yet from the army.

Reuters news agency, quoting unnamed sources, have reported that President Omar al-Bashir has stepped down and consultations are under way to set up a transitional council.

They are expected to make an important announcement anytime now on national television and radio as protests demanding the end of President Omar al Bashir’s rule enter the sixth consecutive day.

Huge crowds are still gathered outside the army headquarters in the capital Khartoum and they’ve vowed to leave only when the president resigns.

Patriotic songs have been playing on national radio and the main international airport is now closed.

Calls for a political transition have been gathering momentum.

There have been celebrations on the streets of Khartoum and calls for more people to join protesters gathered outside the army headquarters.

Sudan protesters march through Khartoum

As people in Sudan wait for an announcement on state television tens of thousands of people have been making their way to the main protest site in the capital, Khartoum.

Earlier the army deployed around the defence ministry and on main roads and bridges in Khartoum. State TV also interrupted its programming.

It comes after months of protests against President Omar al-Bashir and his government.

Reports of high-level talks at army HQ

Channel 4 News foreign reporter Yousra Elbagir says she understands that a meeting of Sudan’s top military and security brass is taking place right now to discuss who will lead a new transitional High Council of Armed forces.

How pressure has built on Bashir’s regime

Protests against Sudan’s President Omar al-Bashir, who has ruled since 1989, have been under way since December.

They were originally sparked by a rise in the cost of living, but demonstrators are now calling for the president to resign and his government to go.

Representatives of the protesters say they are seeking talks with the army regarding the formation of a transitional government.

Omar el-Digeir, a senior protest member, told AFP news agency last week that the group was seeking a path “that represents the wish of the revolution”.