Things to Know About Sudan's President Amid Reports of Attempted Military Coup

Actor and activist George Clooney seen here in 2018 says that the toppling of Sudan's veteran leader Omar al Bashir is not sufficient

Sudan President Bashir STEPS DOWN as tens of thousands march in protests against regime

Sudanese defense minister has announced the military has overthrown and arrested President Omar al-Bashir and has taken charge of the country for the next two years following almost four months of protests against his rule.

In a televised statement, the defense minister also announced a state of emergency for three months and a suspension of the constitution.

A transitional military council would replace Bashir for two years, he said, adding that the country's borders and airspace would be shut until further notice.

Earlier, state television said the armed forces would make an important announcement amid speculation a coup attempt could be underway against President Omar al-Bashir following months of protests against his 30-year rule.

Tens of thousands of Sudanese were on the streets of the capital, Khartoum, on Thursday after conflicting signs of how the military would approach the protests, which began mid-December over soaring living costs that sent inflation rocketing to about 70 percent.

Thousands of protesters began a sit-in at the military's headquarters in Khartoum on April 6, with police and security forces using force to try and disperse the demonstrators who were calling for al-Bashir to step down.

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The veteran leader, who swept to power in a 1989 coup, was one of Africa's longest serving presidents.

One of the world's most enduring dictators, he is a pariah in many nations and is wanted by an worldwide court for war crimes committed in Darfur.

Over his three decades in power, al-Bashir was forced to allow the secession of South Sudan after years of war, a huge blow to the north's economy.

Demonstrators called for a civilian government and said they would not accept an administration led by military and security figures, or by Bashir's aides. The Khartoum global airport is closed. Tens of thousands of demonstrators were massed at a sit-in they have held for almost a week outside the military's headquarters in central Khartoum, the capital.

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.

Omar Saleh Sennar, a senior member of the Sudanese Professionals' Association, said the group expected to negotiate a transfer of power with the military.

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Protesters gathered in front of the military headquarters as military vehicles were deployed on key roads and bridges in Khartoum.

Al-Arabiya TV also reported that soldiers have raided the headquarters of Bashir's Islamic Movement in Khartoum.

Speaking at a joint news conference with the president of Burkina Faso on Thursday in the Turkish capital, Ankara, Erdogan refrained from voicing support for al-Bashir.

United Nations chief Antonio Guterres called for an inclusive transition process in Sudan that will meet the "democratic aspirations" of the country's people, his spokesman said.

"Ibn Auf is a symbol of the old regime and wants to maintain the interests of himself and Bashir", said protester Adela Isam. A son of Sadiq al-Mahdi, the head of the main opposition Umma Party, told al-Hadath TV that Bashir was being held with "a number of leaders of the terrorist Muslim Brotherhood group".

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