AU Suspends Sudan’s Membership

ADDIS ABEBA – Sudan has been suspended from the African Union until the regime transitions to civilian rule, announced the pan African bloc on Thursday.

The bloc said in a statement that the suspension will continue until there is a civilian rule.

“The AU Peace and Security Council has with immediate effect suspended the participation of the Republic of Sudan in all AU activities until the effective establishment of a Civilian-led Transitional Authority, as the only way to allow the Sudan to exit from the current crisis,” it said late Thursday.

African Union’s move has intensified the global pressure on Sudan’s new military leaders to stand down after the worst violence since Omar al-Bashir’s fall in April on Monday.

The opposition says 108 people died in Monday’s violence, but Sudan’s Health Ministry put the toll at 61.

The bloc also said it “Deplores the loss of innocent lives which took place in recent days in Sudan and expresses its condolences to the families of the deceased; Further wishes a speedy recovery to the injured persons”.

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