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DEVELOPING: Sudanese officials say army forced president to step down, official announcement pending

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SUDANESE President Omar al-Bashir was forced to step down by the military after months of protests, according to government sources.

The country’s State television reported that Sudanese Defense Minister announced that Bashir had been arrested and that a military council would be running the country for a two-year transitional period.

A transitional council is expected to replace him.

Media reports claimed Bashir had been placed under house arrest at the presidential residence under “heavy guard”. A son of Sadiq al-Mahdi, the head of the country’s main opposition Umma party, told al-Hadath TV that the former president was under house arrest with “a number of leaders of the terrorist Muslim Brotherhood group.”

However, tensions seem to be rising with Omar Saleh Sennar, a senior member of the Sudanese Professionals’ Association (SPA), declared onlya civilian government made up of opposition figureswould be acceptable to protestors who have been on the streets for months now.

The military was still expected to issue a statement on Bashir’s fate and what would happen going forward.

“We will only accept a transitional civilian government composed of the forces of the Declaration of Freedom and Change,” Senmar reportedly said.

The country’s intelligence according to State news agency SUNA, had ordered the release of political prisoners.

On Thursday morning, anti-government protesters marched through the streets of Khartoum chanting anti-Bashir slogans.

Protesters outside the defence ministry chanted: “It has fallen, we won.”

Later in the day, soldiers were seen storming the headquarters of Bashir’s Islamic Movement.