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    Over the weekend, thousands of people participated in protests in Khartoum and across the country, calling for Bashir's resignation and urging the army to side with the people. The rallies have continued this week, resulting in civilian casualties due to clashes between protesters and security forces.

    According to the Lebanese TV channel Al Mayadeen, Sudanese army members have declared that President Omar Bashir has been removed from all positions amid reports of a coup in the African country following weeks of anti-government protests.

    The media outlet cited sources as saying that the military personnel planned to announce the creation of a military council to govern the country during a transition period that might last for up to one year.

    All of Bashir's assistants and deputies have also been allegedly sacked, with no official confirmation following so far. The TV channel also reported about an intensified military presence in Khartoum.

    READ MORE: Sudanese Army Reportedly Removes President From All Posts Amid Rumours of Coup

    Earlier in the day, the newspaper Sudan Tribune reported that an emergency meeting of the Sudanese Armed Forces’ General Staff took place in Khartoum without Bashir. The newspaper noted that military personnel had entered the building of a national TV broadcaster and promised to make an important statement.

    Since December, protests triggered by the rise in consumer goods prices have engulfed Sudan. Mass rallies have prompted President Omar 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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    • 17:06

      Moscow Hopes Sudanese Politicians, Security Agencies Can Prevent Further Escalation

      "Moscow is expecting that all Sudanese political forces, as well as security forces, will act with utmost responsibility in order to swiftly stabilize the situation and prevent any further escalation. We are urging for the settlement of Sudan's internal issues via peaceful democratic means based on a wide-ranging national dialogue", Maria Zakharova, the spokeswoman for the Russian Foreign Ministry told reporters.

    • 15:30

      Sudanese Opposition Rejects Military Coup

      The opposition Sudanese Professionals Association, which has been organising the ongoing anti-government rallies, refused to recognise the armed forces governing the country, adding that the ongoing crisis was rooted in the 1989 military coup, which saw Bashir come to power.

      "The crisis in Sudan is a chronic one, and it cannot be resolved 'from above' ... This crisis cannot be addressed through another military coup since this will lead to a new crisis that will be tougher... There is no other way but to transfer power to a transitional civilian national government on the basis of the people's consensus", the press service of the Sudanese Professionals Association said.

    • 14:52

      Sudanese Defence Minister Addresses Nation in Statement on TV

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      "People came out for peaceful demonstrations in December 2018, and the regime continued to give them nothing but false promises", he stated.

    • 14:36

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    • 14:17

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    • 13:58

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    • 13:09

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      "We are monitoring the situation very closely. We hope that, firstly, the situation won't escalate, resulting in human victims. And we expect that in the very near future the situation will return to the constitutional order", Peskov told journalists.

       

    • 12:15

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    • 12:13

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      The speaker of the Sudanese parliament, Ibrahim Ahmed Omer Ahmed, who is paying a visit to Qatar, has no intention of delaying his return to Khartoum despite media reports indicating a possible military coup in the country, a source in the Sudanese embassy in Qatar told Sputnik on Thursday.

      "Of course he is going back. His flight to Sudan is scheduled for early Friday morning. He is the head of the legislature, he will return to Khartoum where he will possibly await new parliamentary elections", the source said.

    • 11:42

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    • 11:38

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    • 11:00

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    • 10:56

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    • 10:39

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    • 10:36

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    • 09:52

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    • 09:35

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    • 09:05

      Sudanese Army Source Expects Announcement on New Leadership Consisting of Military

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    • 08:50

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    • 08:39

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    • 08:27

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    • 08:25

      Military Reinforcements Seen on Streets of Sudanese Capital

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    • 08:22

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    • 08:21

      Khartoum Airport Reportedly Closed

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