Sudan protests: Demonstrators wait for army statement

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NAIROBI, Kenya-After three decades in power, Sudan's President Hassan Omar al-Bashir was overthrown by a military coup amidst widespread protests that started previous year.

He also announced that the military had suspended the constitution, dissolved the government, declared a state of emergency for three months, closed the country's borders and airspace and imposed a curfew starting Thursday night.

President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan on Thursday expressed his hope that Sudan can overcome its upheaval peacefully through "national consensus" and urged it to try to operate "a normal democratic process", after the country's longtime President Omar al-Bashir who was overthrown and arrested by the military.

Months of demonstrations in the capital Khartoum have seen tens of thousands of people take to the streets calling for al-Bashir to go.

The protests, which erupted in December over the government's tripling of the price of bread, have become the biggest challenge to Bashir's iron-fisted rule spanning three decades.

Bashir is a former paratrooper who seized power in a bloodless coup in 1989 and has managed his way through one internal crisis after another while withstanding attempts by the west to weaken him.

Protesters chanting slogans against Bashir also stormed an NISS building in Port Sudan, a witness said.

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

The protesters said Mr Al-Bashir had ruled for 30 years and demanded that no one near his power within that time should be allowed near power again.

He also said al-Bashir's heavy-handed security crackdown against protesters had risked cracking the security establishment.

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"Ocampo suggested if Bashir's stash of money were disclosed (he put the figure at possibly $9 billion), it would change Sudanese public opinion from him being a "crusader" to that of a thief", he said, referring to International Criminal Court Prosecutor Luis Moreno-Ocampo.

Swarms of euphoric protesters are thronging the streets of the capital, with some mounting military vehicles chanting "We have won, we have won".

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

The protests gained momentum last week after Algeria's President Abdelaziz Bouteflika, in power for 20 years, resigned in response to weeks of similar protests.

Protesters rally at a demonstration near the military headquarters, Tuesday, April 9, 2019, in the capital Khartoum, Sudan.

"The National Intelligence and Security Service has announced it is releasing all political detainees across the country", the official SUNA news agency said.

As people waited for further word, state television and radio played patriotic music, reminding older Sudanese of how military takeovers unfolded during previous episodes of civil unrest.

CBS News spoke to one Sudanese woman who returned to her native country from NY past year to join the uprising, only to find herself imprisoned.

Al-Bashir had always been a pariah in many countries and he's even wanted by the worldwide war crimes tribunal for atrocities in Darfur.

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