UNITED STATES (VOP TODAY NEWS) — Sudanese authorities have freed all political prisoners amid reports of a possible early resignation of President Omar al-Bashir, CNN reported, referring to Sudanese news agency SUNA.
“Sudan intelligence agency ordered the release of all political prisoners,” – said in a statement.
At the same time, protesters are demanding that army representatives hand over power in the country to a civilian government, activists told CNN.
“We will not allow the regime to reproduce itself, or the army alone to be in power,” a representative of the Association of Sudan Professionals, who heads the protests, told the TV channel.
Earlier on Thursday, CNN sources claimed that Sudanese President Omar al-Bashir resigned and was placed under house arrest. Also, according to media reports, representatives of the ruling party and the government, including Prime Minister Mohammad Tahir Ayla, were arrested.
In December last year, mass protests against al-Bashir began in Sudan due to the government’s intention to raise the price of bread against the backdrop of the country’s economic crisis.
The opposition asked the army to assist in the removal of the president and the restoration of democracy.
Recently, the situation has escalated. Thousands of demonstrators demanding the resignation of the President of Sudan have been on the central square of Khartoum in front of the Ministry of Defense for a week.
In clashes between them and the military, according to media reports, at least 11 people were killed, including six soldiers.
O. Al-Bashir has been leading Sudan unchanged since 1989.
However, he is wanted by the International Criminal Court (ICC) in connection with the crimes against humanity and war crimes committed during the conflict in Darfur in 2003 incriminated to him.
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