Demonstrators rally near the military headquarters in Khartoum, Sudan, Monday, April 15. The Sudanese protest movement on Monday welcomed the "positive steps" taken by the ruling military council, which held talks over the weekend with the opposition leaders and released some political prisoners.
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In pictures: Sudanese protest military rule

Updated 0421 GMT (1221 HKT) May 2, 2019

Demonstrators rally near the military headquarters in Khartoum, Sudan, Monday, April 15. The Sudanese protest movement on Monday welcomed the "positive steps" taken by the ruling military council, which held talks over the weekend with the opposition leaders and released some political prisoners.
Salih Basheer/AP

Sudanese President Omar al-Bashir has been arrested and forced from power in a military coup.

His removal comes amid an uprising that has seen thousands take to the streets across the country. The largely peaceful protests have escalated in recent days, as different armed government groups engaged in deadly clashes.

The military, which has dissolved the government, has said it would remain in power for up to two years, despite large street protests against their rule.

The protests started as a demonstration against the rising costs of living but escalated into a push for Bashir's removal from office, with mass rallies and sit-ins outside the presidential compound and army headquarters. In February, Bashir had declared a year-long state of emergency in response to the protests.

Bashir took control after a coup in 1989 and became president in 1993.