#Sudan: AU warns military government

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The African Union has threatened Monday to suspend Sudan from the continental organization if the army, at the helm of the country since the removal of President Omar al-Bashir, does not leave power in favor of a “civil political authority “Within a period of 15 days.

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In a statement, the AU Peace and Security Council ( SPC ) “demands that the Sudanese army withdraw and hand over power to a civilian political authority (…) within 15 days maximum”.

If not, some AU protocols will be put in place, including “the suspension of Sudan’s participation in all AU activities until constitutional order is restored”.

The AU strongly condemns and totally rejects the takeover by the Sudanese army, as well as its intention to carry out a two-year transition period …

The SPC “firmly condemns and totally rejects the takeover by the Sudanese army, as well as its intention to carry out a two-year transition period” and argues that “a transition led by the military would be completely contrary to the aspirations of the people Sudan, as well as to the relevant instrument of the AU “.

The overthrow of a “democratically elected president is not in line with the relevant provisions of the Sudanese constitution of July 2005,” said the CPS , describing the takeover of the army as a “coup d’etat”.

The Council calls on the ruling civilian authority to conduct “an inclusive and consultative process involving all Sudanese actors and political actors” in order to reach agreement on the modalities of the transition led by this civilian authority.

Coup of State
In 2013, the AU suspended Egypt and the Central African Republic following coups in those countries, which have since been reintegrated into the continental organization, which has 55 members.

A 75-year-old Omar al-Bashir, who came to power in a 1989 coup, was overthrown by the military on Thursday, nearly four months after the beginning of a new protest movement that finally settled on April 6 in front of army headquarters, to demand the support of the military.

His departure did not calm the demonstrators, who demand justice. The dissolution of the Transitional Military Council was demanded Monday by the organizers of the protest in Sudan, on the 10th day of a sit-in gathering thousands of demonstrators.

AFP

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