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    Sudanese Army Arrests President Bashir After Weeks of Anti-Gov't Protests

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    Thousands participated in protests in the country's capital over the weekend calling for the resignation of Sudan's longtime ruler, President Omar Bashir and urging the army to side with the people.

    The Sudanese defence minister has confirmed earlier media reports on the arrest of President Omar Bashir after military had removed him from power following anti-government protests.

    Earlier in the day, the minister of production and economic resources in North Darfur Province, Adel Mahjoub Hussein told Al Hadath TV there are negotiations "to form a military council to take over power after President Bashir stepped down".

    READ MORE: Sudan's Defence Chief Announces Creation of Military Council to Rule for 2 Years

    Lebanese broadcaster Al Mayadeen has previously reported, citing sources that the Sudanese Armed Forces have decided to remove President Bashir from all posts and dismiss the government. According to Al Mayadeen, the army will announce the creation of a military committee that will lead the country during the transition period.

    Earlier in the day, Reuters reported citing state TV that Sudan's army would make an "important statement soon", adding that Sudanese state radio had begun playing patriotic music.

    According to a local media outlet's tweet, a group of army officers have allegedly entered the Sudanese radio building. Al Hadath wrote citing sources that there were reports of a military coup in Sudan, with no confirmation following so far.

    READ MORE: Gunshots Reportedly Heard, Tear Gas Fired at Sudan Protest Site (VIDEOS)

    The news comes after thousands took to the streets in the Sudanese capital over the weekend, calling for the resignation of the country's longtime ruler President Omar Bashir and urging the army to side with the people. The rallies continued on Monday and Tuesday. According to Human Rights Watch (HRW), the clashes between protesters and security forces resulted in at least eight deaths from Saturday to Monday.

    Sudan has been engulfed by protests since December, triggered by the rise in prices of consumer goods. Mass rallies prompted Bashir, who has been in power for 30 years, to dissolve the cabinet and declare a year-long state of national emergency.


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