AU intervenes in Sudan and suspends it immediately after deadly dispersal

Children play near a police car flipped over and damaged by mourners near the home of a demonstrator who died of a gunshot wound sustained during anti-government protests in Khartoum, Sudan January 18, 2019.

Photo courtesy- Mohamed Nureldin Abdallah—Reuters

The African Union on Thursday suspended the Republic of Sudan and ordered the “immediate and transparent investigation on the brutal crackdown on protesters that killed dozens of people.

Through a post on twitter, the African Union Peace and Security Council said that it had has suspended Sudan with immediate effect from participating in all AU activities until the effective establishment of a Civilian-led Transitional Authority, as the only way to allow Sudan to exit from the current crisis.

The African Union (AU) on Monday had urged the leaders of Sudan’s interim military council to hand over political power to an elected civilian administration or face automatic suspension.

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Citizens in Sudan had staged a sit-in outside the main army headquarters as part of protests against longtime President Omar al-Bashir, who was ousted by the military weeks ago after three decades in power.

The demonstrators had refused to end their sit-in until power is transferred to a civilian government when the military staged a violent dispersal leaving hundreds dead.

The doctor’s committe said 40 bodies were pulled from the Nile River on Tuesday and taken to an unknown location by the paramilitary Rapid Support Forces (RSF). The Transitional Military Council (TMC) ruling Sudan since overthrowing al-Bashir hasn’t commented on the allegations.

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