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Peace and Security Council of the AU: Suspension of Sudan 


The African Union Peace and Security Council suspended Sudan on Thursday (6 June) until the keys to the transition were finally handed over to a civilian-led authority. This decision is the strict application of the texts of the pan-African organization in the event of a coup d'etat. 

Recall that the AU Peace and Security Council gave a sixty day ultimatum in Tunis on 30 April to the Transitional Military Council to hand over power to civilians. Sierra Leone's ambassador for the Peace and Security Council of the African Union, who is chairing the African Union Peace and Security Council for the month of June, made the decision following the violent evacuation of the Khartoum sit-in. Monday, June 3, and the repression that has followed since. Violence condemned "firmly" by the organization. It mandates its Commission on Human and Peoples' Rights and the President of the Union Commission, Moussa Faki Mahamat, to make "concrete proposals" to investigate the responsibilities. The Peace and Security Council reiterates for the fourth time since April 15 the need to hand over power to an "authority under civilian leadership". The military must do it "without further delay", otherwise they are exposed to sanctions. According to the AU texts, this may be visa bans or trade measures. In the meantime, Sudan is therefore suspended from all activities of the African Union. The organization will work with its sub-regional sister, Igad, to bring everyone back to the negotiating table. And as current president of the Igad, Ethiopian Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed is expected this Friday in Khartoum, according to several sources.


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