December 5, 2022

African Union suspends Sudan over coup it described as ‘affront to democratic norms’

General Abdel Fattah Al-Burhan on February 6, 2020 [Twitter]
General Abdel Fattah Al-Burhan on February 6, 2020 [Twitter]

The African Union on Wednesday suspended Sudan following a military takeover that ousted Prime Minister Abdalla Hamdok.

Abdalla Hamdok

The body described the takeover as “an affront to the shared values and democratic norms of the AU.”

It said Sudan’s membership will not be restored until the transitional government is reinstated.

Felix Tshisekedi

The suspension comes a day after U.S. Secretary of State Antony J. Blinken spoke with the African Union Chairperson Felix Tshisekedi.

Blinken and Tshisekedi discussed the coup in Sudan, the State Department said in a readout on Tuesday. It is not clear whether Blinken called for the suspension of Sudan.

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