AU suspends Sudan until civilian-led authority established
The African Union on Thursday suspended Sudan, demanding a civilian-led transition authority to resolve a crisis which has claimed over 100 lives.
"The AU Peace and Security Council has with immediate effect suspended the participation of the Republic of Sudan in all AU activities until the effective establishment of a Civilian-led Transitional Authority, as the only way to allow the Sudan to exit from the current crisis," the AU posted on Twitter.
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Sudanese authorities have admitted dozens of people were killed when security forces stormed a weeks-long sit-in outside the military headquarters in Khartoum. But doctors said Wednesday that 40 bodies had been pulled from the Nile, sending the death toll soaring to at least 108.
The AU had urged the generals to ensure a smooth transition of power, but the clashes Monday saw pressure mount on the AU to hold those responsible for the violence to justice.
The clashes, which followed weeks of wrangling between the ruling military council and opposition groups over who should lead Sudan's transition to democracy, marked the worst outbreak of violence since the army ousted President Omar al-Bashir in April after months of protests against his rule.
On Wednesday, the Transitional Military Council (TMC) offered to resume talks with opposition groups hours after it canceled all agreements it had reached with the opposition, but the opposition rejected the invitation, saying the military could not be trusted.
(With input from AFP)
(Cover: Sudanese protesters chant slogans at a barricade along a street, demanding that the country's Transitional Military Council hand over power to civilians, in Khartoum, Sudan, June 5, 2019. /Reuters Photo)