UNCONSTITUTIONAL

Sudan suspended from all AU’s activities over military coup

AU said that the decision will be effective until the civilian rule is restored

In Summary

• The AU said on Wednesday that the decision will be effective until the civilian rule is restored, terming the coup as unconstitutional.

• The recent suspension comes hours after World Bank said it has suspended aid to Sudan following the military takeover that deposed the prime minister.

The African Union has immediately suspended Sudan from the union following the military takeover.

The AU said on Wednesday that the decision will be effective until the civilian rule is restored, terming the coup as unconstitutional.

On Monday, the Sudanese General Abdel ordered the dissolution of the government and declared a state of emergency, a move that sparked protests across the country as citizens demand the restoration of civilian government.

Since the military takeover, the country’s Prime Minister Abdalla Hamdok was placed under military arrest together with his ministers and civilian members of Sudan's ruling council.

In June 2019, the African Union Peace and Security (PSC) Council also suspended the participation of Sudan in all AU activities until the effective establishment of a civilian-led Transitional Authority, as the only way to allow Sudan to exit from its current crisis.

The suspension of Sudan follows what PSC termed as the lack of progress towards the establishment of a civilian-led Transitional Authority since its initial meeting following the coup d’etat of 11th of April 2019 in Sudan.

The recent suspension comes hours after World Bank said it has suspended aid to Sudan following the military takeover that deposed the prime minister.

"I am greatly concerned by recent events in Sudan, and I fear the dramatic impact this can have on the country's social and economic recovery and development," World Bank President David Malpass said in a statement.

The World Bank "paused disbursements in all of its operations in Sudan on Monday and it has stopped processing any new operations as we closely monitor and assess the situation," Malpass said.

The United States also suspended aid to the country.

"We hope that peace and the integrity of the transition process will be restored so that Sudan can restart its path of economic development and can take its rightful place in the international financial community," Malpass said.

Edited by D Tarus