African Union suspends Sudan, demands civilian rule to end crisis

Sudanese forces are deployed around Khartoum's army headquarters on June 3, 2019 as they try to disperse Khartoum's sit-in. PHOTO | ASHRAF SHAZLY | AFP

What you need to know:

  • After a fourth meeting since April, when protesters forced Omar al-Bashir out of power, the African Union Peace and Security Council said Khartoum must now hand power to civilians.
  • On Wednesday, the AU embarked on shuttle diplomacy as chairperson Moussa Mahamat Faki tried to resolve the standoff between military rulers and civilian groups on when elections should be held.
  • The AU’s move is based on its 2007 policy on ‘Unconstitutional Change of Government’ (UCG), which lists take-over of power through means other than those in local laws as illegal.
  • Though the AU can suspend its members through the Peace and Security Council, it lacks powers to expel members.

The African Union on Thursday moved to tame rising atrocities in Sudan by suspending Khartoum from the bloc’s meetings until the military rulers hand power to civilians.

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