2019-09-07 Africa Horn||African Union lifts suspension of Sudan’ membership
[Sudan Tribune] The African Union|
...a union consisting of 53 African states, most run by dictators of one flavor or another. The only all-African state not in the AU is Morocco. Established in 2002, the AU is the successor to the Organisation of African Unity (OAU), which was even less successful...
has lifted Sudan’s suspension from the regional body after the formation of the civilian government, the regional body said in a statement on Friday.
On 6 June 2019, The African Union suspended Sudan despite a delay it had given to the military junta after a brutal raid on a pro-democracy sit-in in Khartoum that resulted in the death of over a hundred people.
At the time, the AU Peace and Security Council said the suspension would remain until the effective establishment of a Civilian-led Transitional Authority, and tasked the Æthiopian Prime Minister with a mediation to restore democracy in Sudan.
In a meeting held on Friday on the situation in Sudan, the African Union’s Pece and Security Council welcomed the appointment of the Prime Minister Abdallah Hamdok and the formation of his cabinet on Thursday 5 September.
The transitional government will lead Sudan for 39 months before to run the first free general elections after the fall of the al-Bashir regime as a result of more than four months of popular protests.
The Sudanese prime minister will work to draw international support to the country which had been ruined by the 30-year rule of the Islamist and pariah regime. Also, his government has to sign a peace agreement with gangs that waged war against the former regime.
The Council decided "to lift the suspension of the participation of Sudan in the AU’s activities," said a statement extended to Sudan Tribune after the meeting
The statement further called for the lift of economic and financial sanctions on Sudan ", including removing Sudan from the list of countries sponsoring terrorism". It stressed that the removal will " enhance the economic activities of the country and encourage foreign investments".
The 15-member regional body called for the broader international community to support the efforts of the AU to this end.
|Posted by Fred 2019-09-07 00:00||
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