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Sudan opposition rejects ‘military coup’

Thursday 11/April/2019 - 03:20 PM
Sada El Balad
Sudanese opposition parties and trade unions on Thursday voiced their rejection of a "military coup" against President Omar al-Bashir amid reports that the latter was forced to step down by the army.

“The country’s crisis won’t be solved by a military coup،” read a joint statement released by the Sudanese Professionals Association and three opposition coalitions (Sudan Appeal، National Consensus and the Democratic Unionist Rally). Anadolu Agency said.

“Al-Bashir's rule began in 1989 with a military coup، which has left domestic politics in a state of chronic crisis،” it added.

The statement goes on to assert that “the only solution to the current crisis is the handover of power to an agreed-upon civilian government”.

An ongoing sit-in outside army headquarters in Khartoum، it adds، “will continue until the revolution’s objectives are met”.

Earlier Thursday، hundreds of thousands of people flooded the streets of Khartoum -- and other Sudanese cities -- to express their joy following reports of al-Bashir’s resignation after 30 years in power.

According to local media reports، al-Bashir is currently under house arrest while his bodyguards have been detained.

The Sudanese army، however، has yet to release an official announcement regarding the president's reported resignation.

Edited by Rehab Sayed.

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