The African Union [AU] has announced the suspension of Sudan until civilian rule is restored in the turbulent North African nation, describing the military takeover as an unconstitutional seizure of power.
The continent-wide bloc said in a statement that it strongly condemned the military seizure of power and that it had suspended Sudan from all AU activities until the effective restoration of a transitional civilian government in the country.
Later on, the World Bank also announced the suspension of aids to Sudan.
On Monday, October 25, a Sudanese General Abdel Fattah al-Burhan ordered the dissolution of government and subsequently declared a state of emergency in Sudan, a development which provoked outrage across the world.
Sudan’s Prime Minister Abdalla Hamdok, his ministers and civilian members of the ruling council were all placed under military arrest by the junta, an act which led to serious protests on the streets of Khartoum.
The military junta later released Hamdok and placed him under close watch, but others have since remained in detention.
Military forces carried out several illegal arrests of anti-coup peaceful protesters on Wednesday, October 27, in a desperate bid to end the sustained protests against the illegal seizure of power. The protest started on Monday, October 25, and has continued since then.
A number of Western heavyweights have insisted that they will continue to recognise the deposed Prime Minister Abdalla Hamdok and his subordinates as the legitimate leaders of Sudan.
The African Union suspended Sudan in June of 2019 following the unwarranted killing of unarmed protesters demanding civil rule in the country. The pro-democracy protesters were gunned down by the order of Sudanese authorities just outside Sudan’s military headquarters in Khartoum.
Their AU membership was reinstated after Hamdok launched the first Sudan civilian cabinet since veteran politician Omar al-Bashir was ousted from office on April 11, 2019.