AU suspends Sudan from the bloc

Thursday June 6 2019


Members of Sudan's security forces patrol as Muslim worshippers attend Idd-ul-Fitr prayers on June 5, 2019 in Omdurman, just across the Nile from the capital Khartoum. The African Union has suspended Sudan. PHOTO | AFP 

By The EastAfrican

The African Union has suspended Sudan’s membership from the bloc in a bid to intensify pressure on Khartoum’s military rulers to hand power to civilians.

After a meeting on Thursday, the AU’s Peace and Security Council said Sudan will no longer be allowed into AU sponsored meetings until the situation normalises.

“The AU Peace and Security Council has with immediate effect suspended the participation of the Republic of Sudan in all AU activities,” the Council tweeted on Thursday.

The AU said the suspension will be in place “until the effective establishment of a Civilian-led Transitional Authority, as the only way to allow the Sudan to exit from the current crisis.”