Sudan army surrounds al-Bashir’s palace – State TV: Army to make ‘important announcement’

Sudan army surrounds al-Bashir's palace - State TV: Army to make 'important announcement'

The Sudanese army has surrounded the presidential palace in the capital Khartoum following months of protests against Hassan Omar al-Bashir’s rule.

There is speculation that a coup attempt could be underway against President al-Bashir, with the State tv reporting that the army is set to make an “important” announcement soon.

“The Sudanese army will issue an important statement soon. Wait for it,” a television anchor said, without giving further details.

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As people waited for further word, state television and radio played patriotic music, reminding older Sudanese of how past military takeovers unfolded in the country.

Anti-government protests have escalated during the past few months, posing the most sustained challenge Bashir has faced during his three decades in power.

At least 11 people died in the clashes on Tuesday, including six members of the armed forces.

UPDATE: After 30 years Sudan’s president Omar al-Bashir has stepped down and consultations are underway to set up a transitional council.