African Union decides to suspend Sudan until a civilian transitional authority is established

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A Sudanese demonstrator from the Darfur region waves a Sudanese national flag from atop a bus as he arrives to be part of a mass anti-government protest outside Defence Ministry in Khartoum, Sudan April 30, 2019. REUTERS/Mohamed Nureldin Abdallah

UNITED STATES (VOP TODAY NEWS) — The African Union (AU) said on Thursday it had immediately suspended Sudan’s membership in the continental organization until a civilian transitional authority was established in the country, which is witnessing an escalation of violence.

The African Union’s Peace and Security Council confirmed on its Twitter account that the African Union “suspended with immediate effect the participation of the Republic of Sudan in all activities of the African Union until the establishment of a transitional civilian authority effectively, that is the only way to enable Sudan to get out of the current crisis.”

“The council will automatically impose punitive measures on individuals and entities that have prevented the establishment of civil authority,” the council’s direct president, Patrick Capua, told a news conference.

Since the beginning of the crisis, the African Union has called for a rapid transfer of power from the military to civilians and has repeatedly threatened to suspend its membership in the Organization.

Negotiations between the transitional military junta and the civilian opposition stalled on May 20 because of a dispute over the transfer of power to civilians.

The Sudanese security forces broke up on Monday a sit-in protest outside the army headquarters in Khartoum by force, according to the Central Committee of doctors close to the opposition 108 dead and more than 500 wounded.

On the other hand, the military council talked about a “clean-up operation” near the sit-in in which problems occurred which left at least 46 dead, according to the Ministry of Health.

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