CAIRO (Reuters) – Sudan’s President Omar al-Bashir has stepped down and consultations are under way to set up a transitional council to run the country, government sources and a provincial minister said on Thursday.

The minister of production and economic resources in North Darfur Adel Mahjoub Hussein told the Dubai-based al-Hadath TV that “there are consultations to form a military council to take over power after President Bashir stepped down”.

Reporting by Khalid Abdelaziz in Khartoum and Ali Abdelaty in Cairo, writing by Sami Aboudi, editing by Aidan Lewis