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this is news coming to you live from berlin and reports say that saddam's president has stepped down after months of mounting protests thousands of protesters are camped out outside army headquarters calling for its support state t.v. says the military is poised to make quote an important statement omar al bashir the president has held power for more than thirty also coming up. the european union delays bragg's it again but tells the u.k. waste any time britain now has until the end of october to approve
a divorce arrangement with brussels but ten prime minister theresa may probably get her deal through. putting the kids in india for the biggest election the world has ever seen nine hundred million people are in the eligible to cast ballots will be deciding the future of the prime minister narendra modi. hello i'm terry march and good to have you with us reports say that sudan's military has forced president omar al bashir to step down ending thirty years a rule state media said the country's armed forces will be making quote an important announcement witnesses are also saying that soldiers raided the office or the offices of a group linked to al bashir is ruling party in this exclusive footage from the capital khartoum worth tens of thousands of people have been rallying outside.
sudanese military headquarters it's the sixth straight day of demonstrations calling for this year's resignation clashes between protesters and security forces have left dozens of people dead. and we're going to try to cross over to khartoum now to talk to the man who made those pictures you just saw all journalist also nosy adam is standing by there forests also nosy can you hear me. afraid we don't have a clear line to khartoum this point will perhaps be coming back to our correspondent there in khartoum in just a moment but meanwhile with me in the studio is one of our journalists who's been following the story very closely for us
a reporter abraham good to have you with us thanks for having me so first of all what can you tell us about what's happening there in khartoum at the moment we're getting lots of signals coming in including from that journalist there has been sending us video and talking to us but the line keeps going down as soon as we get him on air what are you hearing. my impression is that it's actually quite unclear what's going on on the ground we heard earlier early this morning that the military would be making a statement to the people and since then i've been getting messages and videos and pictures from contacts on the ground nonstop saying that there's a general atmosphere of jubilation and happiness on the streets of khartoum thousands if not hundreds of thousands are now marching to the headquarters of the military that we that we saw earlier in our in our reporting they see this as the crowning jewel to four months of protest that that has that was demanding the ouster of president i'm going to show you there reports that he has resigned that these reports are yet to be confirmed the fact that that it has taken so long for
the military to actually make the statement might indicate that there is perhaps some disagreement as to what comes next but it remains to be seen but so far. just scenes of happiness and jubilation on the streets of cuts himself i'm ok so we're still waiting on the announcement that the military has already trailed they said be prepared with an announcement that is still to come and we still haven't quite got confirmation on the resignation of the president we're getting conflicting reports about that can you tell us something about the background here on what is behind these protests that we're seeing there on the streets that may have already. led to the president for sure i mean these protests have not been something that happened only a couple of days ago these protests started back in december of twenty eight the triggering reason for it was a steep rise in prices the very very soon afterwards the chants asking for for
bread turned into chad asking for a complete. regime change you started hearing in the footage and in the pictures coming out of khartoum some of the slogans that are very reminiscent of the so-called arab spring in twenty eleven calling for a complete. change the protests have been on and off since then and it seems that in the past couple of days. they have somehow been exacerbated partially maybe because of the very iconic picture of the sudanese woman chanting on top of the car that went viral a couple of days ago maybe that gave empathy to the to the movement but that is that is the background background for that but it remains to be seen what happens with what the protests who are the demonstrators who's actually leading this demonstration is there as are a figurehead is it or this is spontaneous street can you tell us more about the demonstrations so it's been so far quite a leaderless revolution there haven't been sort of prominent figures associated with this movement and it's protests it's been made up mostly of young people my
impression is that you don't have to understand the population of sudan is an incredibly young population when i was there in twenty seventeen appeared to be and extremely. desperate and. desperate and sort of dreamy israeli population hoping for a better future i remember one protester that i talked to in december over the phone said you know we live in a country where most of the people have never known a president other than ahmed in the shia so it seems to be. the protesters seem to be largely made up of young people looking for a change in their country and looking for. a better future and whether that will happen with the take over a possible takeover. the transitional military council remains to be seen but that's a big question with bashir having been in power for thirty years with the military's backing what can we expect assuming that the military are actually in control now what can we expect them to do in this situation given their close alliance with the
it would appear old regime well one has to remember that i'm going to share his he's not he's not an original the civilian president he himself came into power in one thousand nine hundred ninety with a military coup his entire thirty year rule has been marred by famine poverty and conflict he is the he's the first sitting president of the world to be indicted by the i.c.c. for alleged crimes in darfur under his rule we saw the separation of independence of south sudan and these are these are all things that are etched in the memories of young people now of course what happened with the with the military now is something that's very reminiscent again with things that have happened in the arab spring but at some point you know this is a minute somewhat of a military regime and at some point the military perhaps realizes that supporting its figure is no longer beneficial for it that the people have just simply had enough. and remains to be seen if the military does take over and they do form
a transitional government when they pass on power then to a civilian government where we see a regime similar to. pardon a scenario similar to what happened in egypt for example in twenty eleven and then again three years three years later where a popular uprising is taken over by the military a very powerful institution and then never somehow goes back to the people on the ground in egypt of course being one of the countries that surrounds sudan sudan is africa's third largest country has a significant population is what's happening there right now is being very closely watched what sort of signals does this development in sudan send to its neighbors of course this is being closely watched by. region and the west for that matter in rwanda and uganda in african countries and algeria where just a couple of weeks ago we saw an eerily similar scenario unfold after weeks of protests by young people the military. stepped in calling for the president to step
down so of course this is being closely watched in the region by by the egyptian by the government in egypt as well where where this also happened and twenty thirteen twenty fourteen so of course this is how this happens and what kind of situation on the ground i'm told after this it's going to be it's going to be something that's closely watched by other countries in that region as well and last i thank you so much for your analysis a news reporter. of course we'll bring you updates on that story as news comes in now turning to the european union and the u.k. vexed relationship the e.u. has agreed with britain to extend the brags that deadline by more than six months to october thirty first the deal was struck during late talks in brussels sparring the sparing the u.k. from a no deal departure at the end of this week political deadlock in the british parliament
has prevented the divorce from moving forward after winning the latest reprieve from the e.u. prime minister theresa may says she's working toward an orderly as soon as possible . british prime minister to resign may returning to the e.u. summit to hear the response from the other twenty seven nations may request a delay to the brig's a deadline to prevent the u.k. from crashing out of the e.u. on friday the decision came after five hours of deliberations and extension until the end of october if need be and european council president donald said he had a message for british lawmakers. this extension this flexible as i expect it. little bit shorter than they expected about that early enough. to find the best possible solution. on the way to this stuff. but there are conditions if the u.k.
cannot find a way to exit the e.u. before the twenty second of may britain will have to take part in the e.u. parliamentary elections many in the u.k. will be furious about the possibility of being involved in another round of e.u. elections to reason may said she was fully aware of this and that she wanted to get a deal done as quickly as possible. german chancellor angela merkel took a softer tone than some leaders at the talks she said she was pleased with the outcome and stressed the importance of making sure the process was not done too hastily. a year leaders say they will meet in june to review the progress made by british lawmakers and to reason may now have to go back and face the british house of commons. to india now where voting is underway in the world's biggest ever parliamentary election nearly nine hundred million indians are eligible to vote enabling them to do so is a balance adjusting operation that's why voting takes place in seven phases across
different regions from april eleventh to the nineteenth of may one million polling stations will set be set up across the country to reach voters in even the remotest everyone's. all many see this election as a referendum on prime minister narendra modi he's a divisive figure who's dominated the political landscape for the past five years here's a look at his challengers and how modi is trying to position himself for another win. for many in india the elections are of referendum on this man prime minister narendra modi. modi came to power in two thousand and fourteen after a landslide victory but this time around things might not be as clear cut. although polls suggest the fiercely nationalist modi will hold on to the premiership the main opposition party led by rahul gandhi is in the ascendancy.
after a disastrous general election result five years ago gandhi's congress party was jubilant recently after winning back three key states from n.t.s.b. j p n regional elections. and they have promised to prioritise the single biggest issue for voters the lack of jobs there schmidt in this country in every state young people are searching for jobs wherever you go and ask a young person what they're doing they reply i'm not doing anything that they look at the question he got there. it's a giant challenge while the indian economy has gathered strength under modi and has struggled to generate enough jobs especially for the country's young people. more than half of indians are aged twenty five or under and some twelve million enter the workforce each year. the recent spike in tensions between india and pakistan in kashmir however has put another issue on the agenda national
security and that may well play into the hands of naren dramatic and his hindu nationalists. the prime minister has started himself as the watchman protecting his country by being strong on defense tough on terror in the army no longer to be blair's in the brit got done this is our new india this is the navy our dark days return to the damage done by. theirs. if the pool of nationalism proves strong enough in this election the supporters may well be celebrating come the twenty third of may. just reminder the top story we're following for you here today the news reports say that sudan's president omar al bashir has stepped down after thirty years of rule thousands of
protesters against him have been gathering outside party headquarters state media and notes that a statement by the military is imminent. coming up next we have a documentary film for you germany's military and other question being what will become of the fungus found more still to come here. here's what's coming up. here now it's gonna take a look at what all that means for the table of course. to sleep every weekend here on w.