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AU lifts Sudan’s suspension after Civilian Government created

The African Union Peace and Security Council (AUPSC) at its 875th Meeting, September 6, 2019 lifted Sudan’s suspension in the participation of AU activities.

Sudan has established a civilian-led Government, it now commits to support its reconstruction and international mobilization efforts, according to the Council.

The move came a day after Sudan’s newly appointed premier, Abdalla Hamdok, formed a new Cabinet, since veteran leader Omar al-Bashir’s overthrow, a major step in the country’s hard-won transition to civilian rule after decades of authoritarianism.

The African Union Commission Chairperson, Moussa Faki Mahamat said the lifting of the  suspension exhibits the AUSPC’s role in bringing member states to constitutional order.

“Today’s lifting of the suspension of the participation of #Sudan in AU matters is yet another powerful demonstration of the vital role played by the decisions of the AU Peace and Security Council to help steer member states back to constitutional order,” he said in a tweet.

On June 6, 2019, the African Union Peace and Security (PSC) Council suspended the participation of the Republic of Sudan in all AU activities until the effective establishment of a civilian-led Transitional Authority. According to the Council that was the only way Sudan could come out of its crisis.

The Cabinet is part of the power-sharing deal, which also included a joint military-civilian Sovereign Council and legislative body. The three bodies are to govern Sudan for a little more than three years until elections can be held.

The military ousted al-Bashir in April amid nationwide protests against his three-decade rule.

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