African Union threatens to suspend Sudan unless civilian rule is restored

ADDIS ABABA, ETHIOPIA - MAY 31: The African Union (AU) Commissioner for Peace and Security Smail Chergui makes a speech as he and other senior diplomats of Intergovernmental Authority on Development (IGAD) attend the Council of Ministers Extraordinary Meeting to discuss South Sudan peace agreement in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia on May 31, 2018. (Photo by Minasse Wondimu Hailu/Anadolu Agency/Getty Images)
The African Union (AU) Commissioner for Peace and Security Smail Chergui makes a speech as he and other senior diplomats of Intergovernmental Authority on Development (IGAD) attend the Council of Ministers Extraordinary Meeting. (Photo by Minasse Wondimu Hailu/Anadolu Agency/Getty Images)

The African Union threatened to suspend Sudan in 15 days unless the military steps aside and hands over power to a civilian-led political authority.

A statement by the Union’s Peace and Security Council insisted that the process to install the authority should be inclusive and consultative.

The AU also warned the military against acting or issuing statements that would further complicate the situation and negatively affect regional security and stability.

The Chairperson of the AU Commission was urged to take appropriate measures to ensure the implementation of the Council’s resolutions.

The AU called on its partners and the international community to support efforts to restore democracy in Sudan while respecting its sovereignty and territorial integrity.

Omar al-Bashir was ousted from power by the military on April 11 following months of civilian protests against his 30-year rule.

Protesters have continued to stage demonstrations demanding that the military turn over power to a civilian government.