Sudanese President Omar al-Bashir (second from right) poses with other regional leaders during a July 2018 summit in Khartoum. (Ashraf Shazly/AFP/Getty Images)

Sudanese Military Reportedly Forces President to Resign, Ending 30-Year Rule

Sudanese President Omar Al-Bashir is under house arrest, according to media reports. Earlier on Thursday, it was reported on state media that the military had forced him to resign after 30 years in office. Later, the country’s military announced the formation of a transitional council to run the country, according Al-Arabiya TV. The reported resignation and arrest of Bashir, in power for three decades, follow some four months of anti-government protests and a nearly week-long sit-in outside the military’s Khartoum headquarters, where his official residence is located. Eleven people were killed in the Sudanese capital on Tuesday during the sit-in. The demonstrations began in December following an attempt by the government to raise the price of bread. Bashir rose to power after leading a military coup in 1989 and is one of the longest-serving presidents in Africa. In 2009, the International Criminal Court (ICC) indicted him on charges of war crimes and genocide in Darfur. The United States considers Sudan a state sponsor of terrorism, and this week declared support for the protesters.

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