Last Updated on April 11, 2019 by Ope Quadri
The head of defence in Sudan has announced that all political prisoners would be set free.
The latest announcement followed the the sack of President Omar al-Bashir, who ruled the country for over 30 years.
Al-Bashir, who came into power through a military coup in 1989, was forced to step down by the army.
A brief statement by the National Security and Intelligence Service announced the freedom for political detainees but did not expressly indicate when the release would take place.
Nevertheless, this will be welcome news to tens of thousands of Sudanese who are celebrating al-Bashir’s outster on the streets of Khartoum.
Washington Post, though, quoted Sudanese activists behind months-long protests against al-Bashir as saying hundreds who were detained over the demonstrations have already been freed.
The activists spoke on condition of anonymity for fear of reprisal.
Two senior Sudanese officials said the Army forced al-Bashir to step down but the circumstances of the apparent ouster remain unclear.
Immediately he resigned, soldiers surrounded the presidential villa and he was put under house arrest while some of his allies were under watch