African Union lifts suspension on Sudan after new cabinet
London, Sep 7, 2019 (AltAfrica)– The African Union (AU) has lifted its suspension of Sudan‘s membership in the bloc, ending a three-month freeze that had been in place pending the installation of a civilian-led government after the removal of long-term President Omar al-Bashir.
The AU’s Peace and Security Council said in a tweet that the pan-African body has decided “to lift the suspension of the participation of #Sudan in the activities of the #AU, now that #Sudan established a civilian-led Government”.
Sudan’s membership was suspended in June following the violent dispersal of a main protest site in the Sudanese capital of Khartoum during which opposition medics said dozens of people were killed and amidst a standoff between ruling military men and civilian opposition.
On Thursday Hamdok formed the country’s first Cabinet since April, when long-term President Omar al-Bashir was unseated.
Meeting in Ethiopia’s capital, Addis Ababa, the AU’s peace and security council on Friday voted to lift Sudan’s suspension, it wrote on its Twitter page.
The statement added that the body was committed to supporting the reconstruction process and mobilising the international community.
The Sudanese foreign ministry hailed the decision in a statement on Friday, saying: “(We) use this great occasion to reaffirm our commitment to the goals and objectives of the African Union.”