The African Union on Thursday, June 6, suspended Sudan, demanding a civilian-led transition authority to resolve the crisis which has claimed over 100 lives.
The AU announced the suspension in a Twitter post: “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 announcement followed an emergency meeting by the AU in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia, after the violent dispersal of a protest camp in the Sudanese capital, Khartoum, began on Monday, June 3, Al Jazeera notes.
At least 108 people have been killed and more than 500 wounded, according to the Central Committee of Sudanese Doctors, while a health ministry official was quoted as saying the death toll stood at 61.
Sudan's pro-democracy leaders have reportedly vowed to continue their campaign of civil disobedience until the Transitional Military Council (TMC) is removed and killers of protesters are brought to justice.
The TMC has ruled Sudan since overthrowing longtime leader Omar al-Bashir in March.
Earlier, Legit.ng reported that al-Bashir was removed and arrested after almost 30 years in power. His defence minister, Awad Ibn Ouf, said the army had concluded to oversee a two-year transitional period that would be followed by elections.
He also said a three-month state of emergency was being put in place to ensure the smooth transition.
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