AU Expresses “Deep Dismay” over Situation in Sudan, Calls for Resumption of Talks

ADDIS ABABA – The Chairperson of the African Union Commission, Moussa Faki Mahamat, expressed his deep dismay over the situation unfolding in Sudan after coup.

Sudan’s military has dissolved civilian rule, arrested political leaders and declared a state of emergency on Monday.

The military has detained Prime Minister Abdalla Hamdok in an unknown location for refusing to support a coup, according to the information ministry.

Protesters have taken to the streets of the capital, Khartoum, and there are reports of gunfire.



AU Dismayed

There has been international condemnation of the military’s move.

The AU Chairperson “has learned with deep dismay of the serious development of the current situation in Sudan, which has resulted, among other things, in the arrest of Prime Minister Abdallah Hamdock and other civilian officials,” said the pan Union in a statement.

Mahamet has called for the immediate resumption of consultations between civilians and military within the framework of the Political Declaration and the Constitutional Decree.

The Chairperson also “reaffirms that dialogue and consensus is the only relevant path to save the country and its democratic transition”, the statement reads.

The Chairperson has also called for the release of all arrested political leaders and the necessary strict respect of human rights.

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