The African Union has suspended Sudan’s membership days after the military launched a brutal crackdown on protesters that killed dozens of people.
The AU’s Peace and Security Department said in a post on Twitter on that Sudan’s participation in all AU activities would be suspended with immediate effect – “until the effective establishment of a civilian-led transitional authority,” which it described as the only way 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.
At least 108 people have been killed and more than 500 wounded, according to the Central Committee of Sudanese Doctors (CCSD), while a health ministry official was quoted as saying the death toll stood at 61.
Sudanese security forces attacked a protest camp in the country’s capital, Khartoum, killing dozens of people.
The assault on Monday was the worst violence in Sudan since the April 11 overthrow of long-time leader Omar al-Bashir.
The security forces’ bloody dispersal of the weeks-long sit-in outside the military headquarters in Khartoum drew sharp condemnation from the United Nations, the African Union (AU) and others.
Protest leaders, who are seeking a speedy transition to civilian rule, called the raid “a massacre”.
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