Mr Bashir has been in power for 30 years and been a hugely divisive figure since becoming president in 1989. The minister of production and economic resources in North Darfur Adel Mahjoub Hussein confirmed consultations are under way to set up a transitional council to run the country. Mr Hussein told Dubai-based al-Hadath TV that “there are consultations to form a military council to take over power after President Bashir stepped down”.
The announcement comes as Sudan’s armed forces were deployed in the capital of Khartoum amid reports of a coup against the leader.
The military were present on major roads and bridges in Khartoum as thousands of people flocked to an anti-government protest outside the ministry.
Tens of thousands of people marched through the centre of the capital Khartoum in jubilation, dancing and chanting anti-Bashir slogans.
Protesters outside the defence ministry chanted: “It has fallen, we won.”
The latest crisis has escalated since the weekend, when thousands of demonstrators began camping out outside the Defence Ministry compound in central Khartoum, where Mr Bashir’s residence is located.
Clashes erupted on Tuesday between soldiers trying to protect the protesters and intelligence and security personnel trying to disperse them.
At least 11 people died in the violence, including six members of the armed forces, the information minister has confirmed.
The escalation in disturbances has been ever-present since December 19 which had been sparked by the government’s attempt to raise the price of bread, and an economic crisis that has led to fuel and cash shortages.
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