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African Union suspends Sudan over violence

African Union in a meeting. Resolves to suspend Sudan over violence. (PHOTO/File)

KHARTOUM – The African Union, a continental body in which all 55 African countries are united has on Thursday 6, June suspended the Republic of Sudan.

During AU’s sitting on Thursday 6 in Addis Ababa, the African Union Peace and Security Council came out with the decision to officially kick out Sudan.

Sudan has now been suspended from “participating in all African Union activities until the effective establishment of a Civilian-led Transitional Authority.”

According to the council, the suspension takes immediate effect. The council has revealed that “returning to civilian rule was the only way to allow Sudan to exit from the current crisis”

A number of protesters, however, have reportedly been shot dead by the military. On Wednesday 5, June reports indicated that around 40 bodies of Sudanese Nationals were pulled from the River Nile in the capital Khartoum following a violent crackdown on pro-democracy protests.

Now AU’s decision to kick out Sudan follows the criticism of the apparent inaction of the continental body ever since the crisis broke out in Sudan.

Sudan joined the African Union in May 1963 and it is now over 56 years since it joined.

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