Sudanese President Omar al-Bashir plans to step down, Al Arabiya reported on Thursday, following months of anti-government protests.

The report cited unidentified sources and contained few other details.

State radio said Thursday the Sudan national army is preparing to make an important announcement as military officers surrounded the presidential palace in Khartoum, the capital.

Bashir would be the second leader in the region to quit amid nationwide protests this month, following Algerian President Abdelaziz Bouteflika’s resignation.

Calls for Bashir to resign reached fever pitch in recent days, as security forces fired tear gas at thousands of protesters gathered outside the military headquarters in Khartoum. Demonstrators staged a sit-in outside the president’s residence, urging the army to back their movement.

The demonstration was called by the Sudanese Professionals Association to mark the anniversary of the 1985 rebellion that overthrew President Gafaar Nimeiry.

The outlawed group includes doctors, engineers and academics, and has played an instrumental role in sustaining the uprising.

The army’s latest movements come as Bashir’s embattled ruling National Congress Party planned a rival rally to defend the 75-year-old, urging people to attend a so-called “million-man” march on Thursday.

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