Omar Al Bashir Steps Down as Ruling Party Leader

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Sudanese president Omar Al Bashir has stepped down as the leader of the country’s opposition leader after more than two months of protests against his rule.

According to a party statement released on Friday, al-Bashir delegated his powers as chairman of the National Congress Party to its deputy chairman, Ahmed Harun, until the party’s next general conference.

No date has been set for the conference.

Local media quoted Harun as saying al-Bashir took this step in order to “devote himself to the national tasks” as the country’s leader.

Al-Bashir’s rule has been marred by civil wars and increasing street demonstrations. The latest wave of nationwide protests erupted in mid-December, initially triggered by rising prices and shortages but quickly turned to calls for al-Bashir, who seized power in a 1989 military coup, to step down.

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