The African Union has decided to suspend the participation of the Republic of Sudan in all of the organization’s activities, after a military coup on Monday saw its prime minister arrested and civilian government dissolved.
On Wednesday, the African Union stated in a communique that Sudan would be suspended from the 55-state bloc’s activities. It is noted in the document that this suspension will continue until December. “the effective restoration”of the Transitional Authority, which was designated to guide the country toward democratic governance in 2023.
The African Union Political Affairs Peace and Security department tweeted it statedIt said it was happy for Prime Minister Abdalla Hamdok to be released following the coup. “restoration of the civilian-led Transitional Authority” was a prerequisite for Sudan’s renewed participation in the AU.
They also requested the immediate release from detention of all Sudanese civil officials and ministers.
On Monday, AU Commission Chairperson Moussa Faki Mahamat called for Sudan’s military to respect human rights as thousands took to the streets following the coup, in which Hamdok and other members of the transitional government were arrested.
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Hamdok was detained during a pre-dawn raid by troops loyal to the country’s military. Soon afterward, Abdel Fattah al-Burhan declared an emergency and dissolution of government.
Burhan, who also previously headed the Sovereign Council that runs the country, vowed to carry on Sudan’s transition to civilian rule after long-time leader Omar al-Bashir was removed from power in 2019 following months of unrest and protests.
Hamdok was able to return home but the office still claims that he is underweight. “heavy security.”
Tens of thousands have protested the coup in the streets. Many others are participating in the national disobedience and strike demanding the return to civilian government.
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