- Sudan’s state security agency: Authorities are releasing all political detainees
- Consultations to form a transitional council ongoing
KHARTOUM: Sudanese President Omar Al-Bashir is under ‘house arrest’ after being forced to step down on Thursday by the military, reports said.
A massive crowd of jubilant Sudanese people thronged squares and streets of central Khartoum ahead of an ‘important announcement’ by the army.
The son of the head of Sudan’s main opposition party said Bashir was under house arrest along with a “number of Muslim Brotherhood leaders,” wires agency Reuters said, quoting Dubai-based Al-Hadath TV.
Sudanese sources confirmed the report and told Reuters Bashir was at the presidential residence under “heavy guard.”
The minister of production and economic resources in North Darfur, Adel Mahjoub Hussein, also told Al-Hadath TV that “there are consultations to form a military council to take over power after President Bashir stepped down.”
The transitional council will be headed by Ahmed Awad Ibn Auf, the First Vice President and Defense Minister of Sudan, Al-Arabiya TV earlier reported. The European Union has called for peaceful and civilian transition.
The country’s national intelligence and security service also announced the release of all political prisoners numbering about 5,000, the country’s state news agency reported.
One of those released was Mohammed Naji Elasam, a spokesman for the Sudanese Professionals Association (SPA), the main organizer of protests being held across Sudan since December, witnesses said. Elasam had been detained for more than three months.
Meanwhile, Sudanese protesters stormed a building of the powerful intelligence services in the eastern cities of Port Sudan and Kassala after the officers refused to release the detainees there, witnesses said.
“Protesters stormed the building and looted all the equipment that was there,” a witness from Kasala told AFP by telephone.
The military earlier deployed troops around the defence ministry and on major roads and bridges in the capital.