Breaking: African Union suspends Sudan

The African Union has said it suspended Sudan from all its activities after the the country’s military overthrew the civilian-led transitional government in a coup.

In a communique, the pan-African body said the suspension would be in place until “the effective restoration” of the transitional authority steering the country towards elections.

The AU on Wednesday suspended Sudan from all its activities until civilian rule is restored in the country. The continent-wide bloc said it “strongly condemns the seizure of power,” branding it “unconstitutional.”

It said Sudan would be suspended from all AU activities “until the effective restoration of the civilian-led transitional authority.”

Sudanese General Abdel Fattah al-Burhan had on Monday ordered the dissolution of the government and declared a state of emergency.

Since then, thousands of citizens have mounted protests, chanting “No to military rule.”

The AU suspended Sudan in June 2019 after pro-democracy protesters were gunned down outside army headquarters in Khartoum.

Membership was reinstated 3 months later after Hamdok announced the appointment of Sudan’s first cabinet since the ousting of veteran leader Omar al-Bashir.

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