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

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

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

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 
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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Simon Ateba is Chief White House Correspondent for Today News Africa. Simon covers President Joe Biden, Vice President Kamala Harris, the U.S. government, the United Nations, the International Monetary Fund, the World Bank and other financial and international institutions in Washington D.C. and New York City.

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