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Canada closes embassy in Sudan as army forces president Omar al-Bashir to step down

                           Canada’s embassy in Sudan closed Thursday after Sudanese President
Omar al-Bashir was deposed by the army after three decades of autocratic
power that included allegations of genocide.
Officials are telling Canadians to avoid all travel to the country because of
safety and security concerns, warning of “demonstrations and civil unrest.”
Sudanese sources told Reuters that Bashir, 75, was at the presidential
residence under “heavy guard.” A son of Sadiq al-Mahdi, the head of the
country’s main opposition Umma Party, told al-Hadath TV that Bashir was
being held with “a number of leaders of the terrorist Muslim Brotherhood
group.”
It was not known what would now happen to Bashir, who has been indicted
by the International Criminal Court in The Hague and is facing an arrest
warrant over allegations of genocide in Sudan’s Darfur region during an
insurgency that began in 2003 and led to death of an estimated 300,000
people.

The downfall of Bashir follows the toppling this month of Algerian strongman
Abdelaziz Bouteflika, also following mass protests after three decades in
power.

Government sources and the minister of production and economic resources
in North Darfur, Adel Mahjoub Hussein, told Dubai-based al-Hadath TV that
Bashir’s presidency was over and consultations were being held on creating
a ruling military council. Early on Thursday morning, state television said the
military would make an announcement soon. But hours later no statement
had been issued, amid reports of differences about the make-up of the
transitional council.