Omar Al Bashir

The reign of long-time dictator Omar al-Bashir has seemingly come to an end after the military decided to step in.

The protests in Sudan have finally led to Omal al-Bashir stepping down and being placed under house arrest in what is undoubtedly a historic moment for Sudan.

CNN has reported that multiple sources said al-Bashir has stepped down. It is reported that his “personal guard has been replaced and is under close watch.” This signifies a turning point in the history of Sudan, deposing a long-time dictator who has only presided over calamity, war, a failing economy and misery.

The military stepped in and they earlier on in the day had informed al-Bashir that he was no longer president. The country’s state broadcaster was seized by the military in the morning. Protesters were also in front of the armed forces headquarters.

“There are consultations to form a military council to take over power after President Bashir stepped down,” said Adel Mahjoub Hussein, the minister of production and economic resources in North Darfur. It is expected that a transition council headed by the defence minister will fill in the power vacuum created by Omar al-Bashir having stepped down.

The country’s military has not yet made an official announcement as regards this news. The army in Sudan has taken control of the streets according to eyewitnesses.

The military is at the centre of this new power shift, and it is yet to be seen which direction Sudan will take in the aftermath of a coup.